Reviewed June 2, 2008.
Pantheon Books, New York, 2008. 214 pages.
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2009: #3 Fiction
I love the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency! This is now the ninth book in the series. I do recommend starting at the beginning. You will grow to know and love these characters, adding to the charm of the books. You will understand exactly why Mma Makutsi's uncle asks a bride price of precisely 97 cows.
I dearly wish I could sit down to a cup of red bush tea with Precious Ramotswe. (I would never admit that I like black tea better!) She is a woman of wisdom, peace, and compassion.
Reading this book is the next best thing.
Mma Ramotswe was right: evil repaid with retribution, with punishment, had achieved half its goal; evil repaid with kindness was shown to be what it really was, a small, petty thing, not something frightening at all, but something pitiable, a paltry affair.