Two books into the Mma Ramotswe books, and I’m just as much in love. Not all of the books follow the exact same pattern (large overarching mystery and several smaller mysteries), but that’s part of what makes them so enjoyable. Smith knows a winning formula when he sees one, but he also knows how to provide a little variation when necessary. And that brings me to Tears of the Giraffe, which I have not re-read ever.
Mma Ramotswe is trying to build a sturdy client base when Andrea Curtin, an American woman, walks into her office and asks for help in finding out what happened to her son, who has long been assumed dead. This is the mystery that unfolds over the course of the book and involves reviving a case long assumed unsolvable. At the same time, Mr. J.L.B Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe’s fiancé, is persuaded to adopt two orphans from the local orphanage, and there are several adventures that ensue with his home and suspect housekeeper, who is desperate to keep her job. Several other minor mysteries unfold, but Mma Ramotswe, as always, juggles everything by taking time for a cup of bush tea.
One of the things I like most about Mma Ramotswe is that she is a devout tea drinker (no lie). I feel that a lot of problems can be solved by taking a break for a little tea and thinking time. She illustrates good personal habits and self-care, something I’d like to mindfully practice this year and beyond.
Cross-posted to my blog.