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****The Kalahari Typing School for Men

by Alexander McCall Smith

Reviewed July 7, 2003.
Pantheon Books, New York, 2003.  Originally published in Scotland in 2002.  186 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (F MCC)
A Sonderbooks’ Stand-out of 2003:  #1, Mystery and Adventure

This is the fourth book in the series about The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency of Botswana, and the last one published in America so far.  (I will definitely check if there are any more available in Scotland.)

There’s nothing thrilling or earth-shaking in this book.  It’s simply delightful reading.  The assistant detective of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has an idea for a side business—a typing school for men.  After all, men need to type on computers, but they don’t like to take secretarial classes with a lot of women, when they might be shown up.

There aren’t many cases for the ladies to solve in this one, but they do have competition in Gabarone with an agency set up by a detective who boasts that people should hire a man to solve their problems.  The book also includes worries about their orphan children and wondering when Mma Ramotswe’s fiancé will set a date.  Mostly, it hums along with the delightful rhythm of Botswana.  These books will make you think, will make you smile, and are simply enjoyable.

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