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Tears Of The Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #2)

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Precious Ramotswe seeks American Michael, presumed dead after ten years by mother Mrs Clinton, promotes secretary Grace Makutsi (plain but 97% at college) to learn if Mr Madule's wife is having an affair. Kind mechanic Mr J.L.B Matekoni brings Precious an engagement ring, two orphans, girl Motholeli in a wheelchair, and a jealous lazy maid who plots.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 6th 2006 by Abacus (first published 2000)
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aPriL does feral sometimes
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
Dusty
Apr 09, 2009 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
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Graham
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kim Kaso
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful series to read and to reread. This may be my favorite of them all, or at least in the top three.

It's the feeling I get when I read or listen to these books that I love to return to: a feeling of satisfaction, as though all is right with the world (even when all is not right in the present moment). In this series, though, good triumphs over evil, and you pretty much know that going in.

And then, at the end, it's the way I feel at the end of a beautiful symphony. Everything co
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Alan
Aug 20, 2012 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
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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
Nicola
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
Chelsea Stephenson
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
Visha
May 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Leo
Mar 11, 2014 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
Moshe Mikanovsky
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: investigators
Another charming tale of Mma Ramotzwe. Many moral dilemmas woven through the tale, for which eventually the good prevails. Great read!
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.
Denise
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith was a short, delightful read. The characters are complex, well developed and interesting. I especially enjoyed the strong, independent female character. Descriptions about Africa were fascinating. Several references to the giraffe were thought provoking. The giraffe gives its tears to the women and they weave them into the basket. We can all give something and the giraffe has only its tears to give.
Looking forward to reading more in this series.
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Hermione
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
E' molto carino, breve e scorrevole ma non superficiale, apparentemente ingenuo ma pieno di "saggezza".
Mentre si legge sembra di stare sotto un'acacia, si vedono i colori del Botswana, le strade polverose, i bambini sorridenti.
E' la stessa meravigliosa parte d'Africa descritta nei "Racconti Africani" di Doris Lessing, ma qui c'è un tocco di - consapevole - leggerezza.
E il "giallo" è solo un pretesto per riflettere sulle vicende umane.
Blaine DeSantis
Sep 14, 2016 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
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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
Kimberly
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
Amy
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lynn
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
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Bruce
This modest detective novel, set in the country of Botswana, is pleasant to read if simple in form. The narrative has multiple disparate plots that do not perfectly cohere, but they do raise interesting ethical dilemmas. A steady diet of Smith’s work might not be adequately nourishing, but occasional tastings would certainly be enjoyable.
Ruby Noise
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful and quirky world Alexander creates in this easy to read tale. The main characters are kind & gracious being humans at their best, fears and all. I believe Alexander enjoys women and their characteristics, while looking honestly at the laziness of some men in the tale. Such a joy to read a story about decent humans who know their strengths and live their lives with joy.
Miz
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!
Wendela
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm now officially addicted to this series...!
Josie
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
I cannot for the life of me describe how much I love this series, and how heavily I regret not having discovered it earlier.

This series has provided me great comfort over the past few nights. I do not think it is particularly light-hearted or thrilling, nor is it even that wonderfully written. But there is so much love, and gentleness and kindness oozing from each and every page, the characters are so lovable, and the culture of the Batswana so potent that it is impossible not to fall in love wi
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Arvind
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This series has reminded me of 2 authors :-
a) Enid Blyton - Not her purposeful "Famous 5" or "Secret 7" or her delightful boarding school stories - Mallory Towers, St Clares and one other whose name I have forgotten. But of her Noddy stories for 7-8 yr olds. But for a few mild references to adultery, this book would be perfect for 7-8 yr olds in their simplicity.
b) Pran - Our very own cartoonist who is famous for "Chacha Choudhary". I have never read a worse comic strip, with no depth and twists
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Liz
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
Linda
Aug 05, 2011 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
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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 18 books)
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  • The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #4)
  • The Full Cupboard of Life (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #5)
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