Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine Book Review

I was at the library and I saw there was a new release of one of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series!!!  I knew that I had way too many books already at home to read but I couldn't stop myself.   The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (16) (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series) by Alexander McCall Smith was a quick grab off the new release shelf that I was eager to read and had to quickly fit it in because there was no renewal through the library!!

In this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling series, Mma Ramotswe must contend with her greatest challenge yet—a vacation!  Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The promise of a week of uninterrupted peace is short-lived, however, when she meets a young boy named Samuel, a troublemaker who is himself in some trouble. Once she learns more about Samuel’s sad story, Mma Ramotswe feels compelled to step in and help him find his way out of a bad situation.

Despite this unexpected diversion, Mma Ramotswe still finds herself concerned about how the agency is faring in her absence. Her worries grow when she hears that Mma Makutsi is handling a new and rather complicated case. A well-respected Botswanan politician is up for a major public honor, and his reputation is now being called into question by his rivals. The man’s daughter has contacted the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency to investigate these troubling claims, but, as in so many cases, all is not as it seems. In the end, the investigation will affect everyone at the agency and will also serve as a reminder that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion.

I enjoyed this book as I have all the other books in the series.   There are great characters and great settings in Africa with the fun adventures that always follow.  In this book, the ladies were trying to figure out how to navigate a holiday (or vacation) from work where Mma Ramotswe is out of the office but still in the area trying to figure out how to relax.  Mma Ramtswe is a hard working woman who has always worked and didn't know how to take a day off, let alone the two weeks holiday so it was interesting to see her try.  This series is categorized as mysteries but I think that these are mostly about wonderful characters and great writing because there is very little suspense type mysteries.  I love to follow the path that the author takes and figure out what interesting story is going to happen with the great ladies at the Detective Agency but when you get the end, it feels like nothing much has happened because it just follows them through their normal days.   I think that these books are a little different then most other books that I read but they are always an enjoyable quick read.  I hope that you check out this book and all the others in this wonderful series.  I know that you will enjoy it as much as I have!!

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