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Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #2)

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Following on the brilliant The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Tears of the Giraffe charts the further adventures of Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective.

It's going to take all her intuition and eminent sensibility for Precious to crack her hardest cas yet: the decade-old disappearance of an American on the edge of the Kalahari. And if
Paperback, 217 pages
Published August 7th 2003 by Abacus (first published 2000)
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aPriL does feral sometimes
May 19, 2013 aPriL does feral sometimes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary, humor, cozy
I think a lot of the reviews appear to ignore this is a series written as a tea cozy mystery genre type. Genres follow commonly accepted rules of plotting and characterization depending on the type of genre. Every once in awhile critics get excited over a "genre bending" book because a book didn't follow the rules. This series is NOT genre bending. What it is is an extremely well written, warm, amusing, tea cozy that lightly touchs on many aspects of African life, VERY lightly. A light touch is ...more
May 19, 2011 Dusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I don't seek out Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, and yet when I run across them in a clearance rack I can't help but pick them up. Tears Of The Giraffe is the second in the series, and it is just as charming, just as gently comic, as the first installment.

My only problem with the book -- and it's little more than a nagging feeling in the back of my head -- is that the author's depiction of his protagonist, the exceedingly down-to-earth, compassionate and somewhat
Dec 09, 2008 Graham rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored the first in Smith’s Botswanan stories, so after a while I set about tackling the sequel. I wasn’t disappointed.

TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE is the better book purely because Smith doesn’t have to carefully set up the situation and characters; we already know all about them, so he can just get on with it.

The best thing about this novel is all of the different ingredients thrown into the mix. We have another missing child, with a much more complex story this time around; we have a h
Kim Kaso
May 27, 2016 Kim Kaso rated it it was amazing
I read this series and the Philosophy series when the world is unbearable and my emotions are out of kilter, they always cheer me up and help me through. If books are prescriptions, these would be mood lifters. Times when my husband lost his job, or did not get the job we thought looked liked a sure thing, times when we nearly lost our home and I had a heart attack, these books have helped us through. Times are better now, but it is a comfort to know Precious and Grace and their friends & re ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-abroad
I read "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" several years ago. I remember it being fun and fresh and quirky, but it didn't grab me and I wasn't desperate to carry on with the series. Having now read "Tears of the Giraffe", I am eager to find out what happens next. This is, simply put, an exceptionally good book. Every person in the western, "civilised" world should read it and be humbled.

This time around, Alexander McCall Smith delivers a simple and heart-warming story, which is concerned far mo
Nov 14, 2011 Nicola rated it really liked it
I liked this one so much more than I liked The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Probably because there was a lot less character introduction and much more actual plot and events. Precious is so very likeable and I think she's highly amusing with some of her thoughts on women, men and the world in general. I love the setting and think it's very unusual and captivating. I really enjoy all the little stories that run through these books and the pearls of wisdom that everyone seems to have on offer. ...more
Janice (Janicu)
This book was charming. The main characters, Mma Ramotswe, owner of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency and her fiance Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, are a little old fashioned in their idea of politeness and respectability, but refreshingly so. The mysteries that Mma Ramotswe solves are pretty straightforward to the reader; there are no twists in the solving of the crimes, but this is what is so charming about the book. Life in Mma Ramotswe's world is straightforward and full of moral fiber. Her story of ...more
Chelsea Stephenson
Dec 18, 2007 Chelsea Stephenson rated it it was amazing
I love this series....for you who want to know the order of the books...
1. The no. 1 ladies detective agency
2. Tears of the Giraffe
3. Morality for Beautiful Girls
4. The kalahari typing school for men
5. Full Cupboard of life
6. In the co. of cheerful ladies
7. Blue shoes and happiness
8. Miracle of speedy motors
9. The good husband of zebra drive
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Lillian Carl
I realize this is only the second book in the series, but for whatever reason I read the first one some years ago and then skipped ahead to five and then to seven or eight or so, and am now making an effort to catch up.

But not too fast! The thing about a series you really like is not, IMHO, racing through them all but letting them sit there like money in the bank, waiting for you to savor.

This volume is the one where Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni finds himself adopting two children---without first check
May 08, 2009 Visha rated it it was ok
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Aug 27, 2013 BookReader rated it liked it
I didn't like the mysteries as much in this second book; they seemed a bit depressing. Also, I found the repetitiveness of what white people don't understand about African/Botswana morality to be heavy-handed. I also started to get concerned that if I were an impressionable young man reading this book, I would feel pretty much like an awful idiot because of how many times the traits of men are belittled, even if tongue-in-cheek cutesy-wutesly (the bad ones, true, but still). Smith uses Mma Ramot ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Leo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book of The No.1 Ladies… series a long time ago and I don’t remember much about the plot, but I do remember I quite liked it. What appealed most to me was solving mysteries in the Botswana setting, how “simple” were the mysteries and reading about how they live there. Being used to read fast paced thriller or vast conspiracies, it was nice to read something “lighter” but enjoyable in its simplicity. The second book follows the same pattern: a couple of easily-solved mysteries an ...more
Linda Ostrom
What a lovely, refreshing story. This is a continuation of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Now Precious is engaged to a mechanic who owns his own garage. She has now promoted her secretary to assistant detective and she is doing some great work on her own.

There are also some new additions to the family that are sweet and charming.

As usual, a wonderful read with many human, heartwarming stories.
Aug 20, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok
While I thought the book was just OK, it has some interesting topics for discussion. Why do Americans always think their way is the best way? And aren't we right most of the time?

How is it that everything works out so well for Precious? I find it too implausible. She is able to track down a lost man after 10 years by using just the right blackmail material that she learned from just the right disgruntled student. Seriously?

I found her reaction to the adopted children a bit out of character. Not
Melissa McShane
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books are my favorite comfort reads: peaceful, unhurried stories about a country the author loves very much. I think this one is much more solid than the first, probably because there are two main plots interwoven with Precious Ramotswe's other investigations. In the first, she's called on to find out the truth about a young man's disappearance and probable death ten years previously, and in the second, her fiancé Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni (who must surely be one of ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Kimberly rated it liked it
This story took me deeper into the traditions of Botswana and their many gentle people, and gave some insight into the broader African conflicts - but mostly it was a wonderful story of Mma Ramotswe and her Detective Agency. The result of the cases that Mma Ramotswe takes on very often end up helping others in a very sensible way, and in the midst of her investigations we are also pulled in to her lovely life, where she is engaged to a very kind man who has surprisingly taken in two orphan child ...more
I began this series about 5 years ago (2007 or so) and absolutely love it! McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe and returned to southern Africa in 1981 to co-found and teach law at the University of Botswana. The characters in this series, set in Botswana, feel genuine to me; their personalities reflective of people I have known from Africa. I finally started the series due to all the people who kept recommending it to me, and I'm glad I did! I've read them all!

I loved the addition of the two child
Blaine DeSantis
Sep 14, 2016 Blaine DeSantis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Went back to this popular detective series and really saw a huge improvement in both the story and the cases being solved - actually the cases were pretty obvious but interesting never the less. We got a lot of character development with Mma Ramotswe and her supporting cast including two little ones who have found their way into her life and the story.
Maybe it was because I read this out loud to my wife and therefore could not just breeze through the book, or maybe it was due to her reactions bu
Oct 23, 2015 Miz rated it liked it
After discussing the first novel at book club i decided that the series needed to be read, so off I went. Nice and cosy - just like the first one - and felt a bit more depth coming through in the characters. Looking forward to see how it all develops in the next one!
Melissa (ladybug)
Jun 27, 2015 Melissa (ladybug) rated it really liked it
Tears of the Giraffe picks up where The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency left off. Mma Ramotswe has just agreed to marry Rra Matekoni. Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is a plain, good man who is an auto mechanic. That is one thing I love about his character in particular. My father is also a mechanic who can tell what is wrong just with the sound a motor makes. In this second book in the series, Mma Ramotswe has to track a sneaky wife and find an American who disappeared ten years ago all while having an relat ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
How in the world did I get sucked into another one? The answer is simple. There is a limited selection of free audiobooks at the library, and I like listening to books in my car. On the up side, this one is better than the first. The characters are, still, portrayed as simpletons, but misandry seems to be kept to a minimum. Don’t get me wrong. The women are, constantly, saying how idiotic men are, and men are, continually, described as philanderers. However, as a counter, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is ...more
The second book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series finds Mma Precious Ramotswe (still the only female detective in Botswana) happily accepting Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's proposal of marriage. After a disastrous first marriage to a trumpet-playing scoundrel, Precious swore she would never remarry. But Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the proprietor of a successful car repair shop, is everything she could ask for in a man...kind, considerate and worshipful of the ground Precious walks on. However, not ev ...more
Richard Ward
Aug 22, 2015 Richard Ward rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Worthy first sequel to the supreme No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Mma Precious Ramotswe and her sidekick-secretary continue to solve problems for a fee in Botswana. Meanwhile Mma Ramotswe's new fiancée visits a local orphanage, introducing a nice subplot that readers who value adoption will especially find satisfying.
Ananth Subramanian
Apr 18, 2009 Ananth Subramanian rated it it was ok
I belong to a generation which was brought up on Sherlock Homes, Father Brown, Agatha Christie, John Dickson Carr etc. Having read all of their books over many years, I am trying to identify a modern writer on crime novels. The hunt has been disappointing so far.

Alexander Smith was highly recommended to me. Well it falls far short when compared to authors/novels I had mentioned above.

Looks like I will have to fall back and read the old authors all over again.

I would appreciate if some one readin
Mar 19, 2016 Trudy rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. Enjoyable, but I enjoyed the first book more.
Aug 20, 2016 Netta rated it really liked it
כמה נפלא! נהניתי מאד לקרוא.
Jun 11, 2014 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another nice pleasant, quick read about the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has proposed marriage to Mma (Precious) Ramotswe. In this 2nd of the series we have three cases: 1) a butcher asks that Mma Ramotswe find out whether his wife is cheating on him, 2) an American woman hires Mma Ramotswe to find out what happened to her son who disappeared many years ago, and 3) Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's maid plots to get rid of his betrothed because she has a very cushy job and doesn't wan ...more
Aug 03, 2015 verbava rated it it was ok
те, що я вважала багами попередньої книжки, виявилося фічами серії. загадки усе ще не занадто загадкові, і зазвичай, щоб їх розв'язати, власниці першого жіночого детективного агентства достатньо знайти того, у кого обличчя найнеприємніше; женське щастя росте і множиться – на додачу до чоловіка з попереднього тому головна героїня тепер отримала двох прийомних дітей (залишилася неприлаштована тільки секретарка, про яку нам півроману розповідають, що вона негарна, – але нічо, не здивуюся, якщо з лю ...more
Jun 19, 2016 Aislinn rated it really liked it
Going back to early in this series, I think the earlier books were somewhat more serious, or perhaps it was just that this particular book had high stakes for Precious and her client. Children had been lost, in the past, and new families are created in this episode.
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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what ...more
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No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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