Book Review: The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine
By Alexander McCall Smith
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 sister 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. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
Smith has developed a wonderful cadence in his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Even so, the series depends on the wisdom of Mme Ramotswe and the friction of Mme Makutsi. I felt very worried for the agency and leaving Grace in charge, particularly since she is pushing her employer away. The beauty of the relationship between these two strong women is the respect and compassion extended when they are at odds, rather than throwing accusations and snide remarks. Too often we see rudeness and cutting remarks between people. In The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine we discover that even Mme Ramotswe is fallible, and true to character she handles her own mistakes with humility.
One of the reasons I like this series so much is because of the predictable nature of the characters and the reassurance that the bad will receive their comeuppance. The moment Violet Sephotho is on the scene we know there is something shady going on. We know that Mr. Polopetsi will sing Mme Ramotswe’s praises because he respects her, and we know that Mme Makutsi will be a little bit…
It is comforting reading about the small victories in life and the things that matter most, love. As always I recommend this series. I look forward to my next visit with my friends in Africa over a cup of tea.
4 out of 5 stars