Tears of the Giraffe is the second book in The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith.
Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s finest and only lady private detective, is asked to solve her hardest case to date. When an American woman turns up at the agency and asks her to look into the disappearance of her son ten years ago, all her instincts tell her she cannot succeed where the police and American Embassy have failed. And yet, her compassion for this woman’s story and need to learn what has happened to her son moves her so much that she agrees to take it on.
Mma Ramotswe also has problems closer to home to deal with. Now that she is engaged to the owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mr J.L.B.Matekoni, they need to determine how they are going to proceed. Do they need to buy an engagement ring? Which of their house’s will they live in after they are married? And which maids will they keep on.
To help lessen the burden at work, Mma Makutsi, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’s secretary, has been eager for promotion. She would like to have a go at a little detective work herself. So, if she promises to continue to see to the duties of secretary, she is allowed to also become an assistant detective at the agency. Her first case is that of a suspicious husband.
I absolutely loved this book and this series. It is colourful and vibrant, and quite simply a joy to read. The characters, story lines and locations are engaging and charming. It manages to capture everything you want in a cosy mystery: it is amusing, light-hearted, sad, happy, poignant, clever…
Tears of the Giraffe is an easy, uncomplicated read that will make you smile. I recommend this read to those who enjoy the cosy mystery genre.