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by Alexander McCall Smith
Recorded Books, August 2003
Unabridged audio pages
ISBN: 1402541775

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Mma Precious Ramotswe, of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and her friends and clients in Gabarone, Botswana, are again brought to life by South African actess Lisette Lecat. Mma Ramotswe has a personal God who lives in the sky over Africa. She believes the bad people are sent to a terrible place, like Nigeria but the good are called to Him. This belief sustains her when she thinks of her Daddy, who worked hard in the diamond mines of Southern Africa in order to be able to give his daughter a better life.

After a brief recap of the first book in the series, we learn that Mma Ramotswe is still engaged to Mr. J. L. B. Matekone. They visit Mr. J.L.B. Matekone's home, where Mma Ramotswe discovers that his maid is a lazy slattern who has been taking advantage of Mr J.L.B Matekone. The maid knows that her job is in danger and she starts plotting against Mma Ramotswe.

Back at the office, a white American woman comes to the agency to ask Mma Ramotswe to find out what happened to her son who disappeared into the Kalahari ten years earlier. While trying to help this widowed mother (and by the way, Lecat does a creditable American accent here), Mma Ramotswe's talented secretary comes up with some detection on her own and is promoted to assistant detective, with the understanding that she will still make the tea.

TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE is even less of a crime novel than was THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY, but it is well worth reading, even if just to meet the kindly people who inhabit its pages and try to make easier for those less blessed than they.

Reviewed by Barbara Franchi, September 2003

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