Oh my – be still my heart. I love these The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and have been reading them as they came out in 1999. So this is Book 18 and yes, I suppose the stories are slowing down a bit. If you haven’t been following the series don’t start here. Start with book 1, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and go from there. The overarching relationships carry the series, not the little stories in each book.
Precious Ramotswe owns a little detective agency in Gabone, Botswana. She set up this shop in book 1 and hired a secretary in book 2 (I think), but by book 18 the secretary has become almost a partner – kind of. Her name is Grace Makutsi and she is a kick.
The House of Unexpected Sisters
by Alexander McCall Smith
2017 / 240 pages
read by Lisette Lecat – 9h 28m
rating – 10 (enjoyment only) / general fiction
The books are sweet – the coziest of cozies (except for the Botswana factor and no romance). I love them. The little “mysteries” this time are 1. why did a young friend of Mma Mamakuzi lose her job – the allegations are that she was rude to a customer, but that’s not the whole truth. The other mystery involves a woman with the same last name as Precious Ramatswe and from the same town. Who is she and where did she come from?
I think this is the funniest of the series. I laughed out loud to the point of tears a couple times. But it’s also tender and the thing I love most is watching these characters arrange themselves around new issues as life goes on.
Again, I love these books but by this time it’s more for sentimental reasons than for anything I’d honestly recommend to a friend. So I’ll just say that if you’re a fan, go for it! If not yet, start at book 1 and see how it goes.