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The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
This is the eighth book in the series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. I had not read any for a while in this series so I thought I would give it a go as in her previous books in the series I certainly enjoyed and found entertaining and amusing to read.
I enjoy the way the author Alexander McCall Smith writes it is so easy to read. Very descriptive about the characters in a way that you can imagine them just sitting before you.
In this story it starts with a family situation at Zebra Drive. It is the end of winter almost spring in Botswana and Mma Ramotswe had been fortunate with her work as there had been many cases which range from theft at a printing works and at the hospital in Mochudi there had been many deaths which look at bit suspicious. All these cases needed to be solved.
Also her husband you owned the mechanics Speedy Motors was getting a little restless and wanted to try his hand on a bit of detective work himself o he had a word with his wife who did not at first jump to the idea but eventually she did suggested to him to take on the case which he notes about while Mma Ramotswe was out. This made him very happy. We find out how good he is of being Detective.
Mma Makutsi who worked for Mma Ramotswe decided it might be better for her to leave but then soon discovered after it was pointed out by her Fiancée that she was better off working for Mma Ramotswe.
Mma Ramotswe had accepted the case of solving deaths in a hospital in her home town of Mochudi... Were these deaths suspicious or not is the question.
Charlie who works for Speedy Motors as an apprentice decided to leave and to start a taxi business so Mr J L B Matekoni let him go.
Lovely description of the country of Botswana and I certainly can imagine that it is a very colourful place.
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive is the latest addition to the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. It was first published in 2007 (hardback edition) by Polygon Books of Edinburgh.
Precious Ramotswe the owner of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency has recently married Mr J.L.B. Matekoni of Tlokweng Road Motors. This is the ninth book in the series and we still don't know his first name.
Mma Ramotswe is a large Botswana lady who is having trouble with her staff at the detective agency. Her husband offers to help by investigating a case involving a husband who is suspected of being up to no good, but she sincerely doubts a man's ability to deal with matters of this nature.
Then Precious falls out with her assistant, Mma Makutsi, who then leaves the agency.
The story is interwoven with everyday life in Botswana and domestic arrangements at Zebra Drive where Precious and her husband live with the two orphans they adopted.
The No.1 Lady Detective sets out to solve a series of unexplained deaths at the local hospital and to find out where the missing supplies from a local printers have gone.
This is not a detective story in the true sense of the word and doesn't really belong in that category. It is more a gently humorous tale of life in Botswana as it once was. McCall Smith is a real artist at injecting humour into almost any situation. He was born in Zimbabwe and he uses this background to the story very well.
To enjoy this book fully the reader needs to start at the beginning of Precious Ramotswe's story with the first book in the series 'The No1. Ladies Detective Agency.' Crocodiles, the hot African sun, red bush tea, poisoners and runaway husbands are all just part of a day's work for this 'traditionally built lady.'
'The Good Husband of Zebra Drive' can be read as a standalone novel, but if you know the background of the main characters from Precious Ramotswe's first marriage to an errant jazz saxophonist and the loss of her baby, to Mr J.L.B.Matakoni's nervous breakdown and Mma Makutsi's search for a suitable husband, the story is much more satisfying.
An excellent, relaxing read, which will leave you reluctant to put it down and a little disappointed when you get to the end, because you just want more.