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Tears of the Giraffe (2000)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2)

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.
 
Precious Ramotswe is the eminently sensible and cunning proprietor of the only ladies’ detective agency in Botswana. In Tears of the Giraffe she tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared into the plains many years ago. In the midst of resolving uncertainties, pondering her impending marriage to a good, kind man, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, and the promotion of her talented secretary (a graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, with a mark of 97 per cent), she also finds her family suddenly and unexpectedly increased by two.
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(audio) Mma Ramotswe runs the only detective agency in Botswana. She tries to find a man missing in Africa for 10 years while newly engaged to JLB Matekoni.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
Light enjoyable read. At some stage read the next in the series. ( )
  SteveMcI | Jan 26, 2024 |
Favorite quote: "Mma Ramotswe reflected on how easy it was to find oneself committed to a course of action simply because one lacked the courage to say no."

In some ways this book was better than the debut novel in the series. McCall Smith seems to dial in the characterization and writing style in this one. Readers learn much more about the other primary characters, including J.L.B. Maketoni, who actually sounds like an all-around nice person.
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  Ann_R | Aug 7, 2023 |
A nice, light read. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
Good sequel, review to follow ( )
  calenmarwen | May 29, 2023 |
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Alexander McCall Smithprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bronswijk, Ineke vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kern, ÉlisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, found it difficult to believe that Mma Ramotswe, the accomplished founder of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, had agreed to marry him.
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ISBN 1405500034 is the abridged audio book narrated by Adjoa Andoh - do not combine this with the full book.
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.
 
Precious Ramotswe is the eminently sensible and cunning proprietor of the only ladies’ detective agency in Botswana. In Tears of the Giraffe she tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared into the plains many years ago. In the midst of resolving uncertainties, pondering her impending marriage to a good, kind man, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, and the promotion of her talented secretary (a graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, with a mark of 97 per cent), she also finds her family suddenly and unexpectedly increased by two.

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