This might be one of my favorite titles in the series—the idea of Blue Shoes brings up a vivid mental image, and the cover of the book is gorgeous, with a blue trim to match. I myself am a shoe person, and so I was curious to see what blue shoes would be doing in the book.
The events from In the Company of Cheerful Ladies have continued on: Mma Ramotswe has solved a deep personal problem and is now looking forward to helping Mma Makutsi in her own personal matters. Mma Makutsi is engaged to Phuti Radiphuti but worries that he may be having second thoughts when he misses one of their usual dinner dates. A cobra finds its way into Mma Ramotswe’s office, and they have to extract it. And Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni finds that his chair is a bit old and shabby for the rest of Mma Ramotswe’s fine furniture in the house on Zebra Drive. Finally, Mma Ramotswe has to figure out a woman’s firing from her cook job, all while dealing with the new caustic advice columnist, known as Aunty Emang.
I have to say, I share Mma Makutsi’s appreciation for fine apparel. I daresay I would not have been able to resist the fine shoes, either. The idea of comfortable, fashionable shoes contributing to one’s happiness resounds with me, and I am delighted to see them make an appearance in the book. I enjoyed the subplot of the fine shoes quite a bit.
Cross-posted to my blog.