Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The House of Unexpected Sisters Book Review

I was at the library to get some newspapers and I saw something on the new release display.  I went over quickly and grabbed the book hoping that I hadn't read it before because I never know!  The House of Unexpected Sisters: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (18) (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency… by Alexander McCall Smith was indeed the next book in the series that I was waiting for.  I found the title and the cover confusing so I was ready to jump right in!

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: a woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate, but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

Other surprises await our intrepid proprietress in the course of her inquiries. Mma Ramotswe is puzzled when she happens to hear of a local nurse named Mingie Ramotswe. She thought she knew everybody by the name of Ramotswe, and that they were all related. Who is this mystery lady? Then, she is alerted by Mma Potokwani that an unpleasant figure from her past has recently been spotted in town. Mma Ramotswe does her best to avoid the man, but it seems that he may have returned to Botswana specifically to seek her out. What could he want from her?

With the generosity and good humor that guide all her endeavors, Mma Ramotswe will untangle these questions for herself and for her loved ones, ultimately bringing to light important truths about friendship and family—both the one you’re born with and the one you choose.

Another great story with Mma Ramotswe leading the charge to make sure that the right things are done and this is a case that she isn't even being paid for.  She puts Mma Makutsi in charge of the investigation because she wants to do another investigation because they disagree on the truth.  Mma Ramotswe is distracted when she learns that she might have other family from a newspaper article so she decides to investigate her own mystery on the side.  The two investigations quickly put Mma Ramotswe in a bad mood which she is never in because she always looks at the positive side of things.  It was tough to read because it really did change the tone of the book quickly when she got upset but many of us can relate to that fog that comes over us when we are being negative.  Make sure you pick up this book to see how things turn around for Mma Ramotswe because I think that you will be happy with all the hard work on both investigations and learning the truth about everything.  I hope that you check out this book and the other great books in the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.  I have loved all of them with the great writing from the author and the wonderful characters, they always leave me happy that I picked them up and sad that they are done!  Hoping for the next one in the series soon.

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