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THE GOOD HUSBAND OF ZEBRA DRIVE
by Alexander McCall Smith
Pantheon, April 2007
224 pages
$21.95
ISBN: 0375422730


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THE GOOD HUSBAND OF ZEBRA DRIVE is the eighth in the delightful series featuring Mma Ramotswe and her No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. However, Mr JLB Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe’s loving husband, takes center stage when he decides he would like to be a detective too.

He learns that being a detective isn’t as easy as it seems. This is especially true when his client, the rude and condescending Mma Botumile, asks him to follow her husband. The only information she gives is where the husband works and that he drives a red car. What is Mr JLB Matekoni to do when he finds there are actually two men with red cars at that location? During his investigation he has a photograph developed. Two pictures are printed and one looks like Mma Ramotswe in another man’s arms. This is almost too much for such a mild mannered man as Mr JLB Matekoni.

While Mr JLB Matekoni is worrying about his investigation, Charlie, the oldest of his lazy apprentices, decides he wants to start his own unique business, The No. 1 Ladies Taxi Service. With his ego being boosted by how clever the idea is, can he keep his mind off girls and make a success of his new venture? The results are astonishing.

There have been three deaths at the hospital in Gaborone which have caused the administrator to seek Mma Ramotswe’s help, as she is a distant cousin. The deaths have occurred at the same time of day, on the same day of the week, and in the same bed. Is there a mercy killer amongst the hospital staff, or is it merely a coincidence?

When Mma Ramotswe decides to take Mr Polopetsi with her on her initial trip to the hospital jealousy begins to simmer below the surface with Mma Makutsi. Though she is handling her own investigation at a printing company she wonders if she is being under-appreciated. After all she is engaged to a very wealthy man, Phuti Radiphuti. Perhaps she doesn’t need to work after all!

What is Mma Ramotswe to do? The stars certainly seem out of alignment with all the turmoil at the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. This is another uplifting read with the philosophy of Mma Ramotswe and the delicately painted scenes of her beloved Botswana.

Reviewed by Ginger K. W. Stratton, May 2007

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