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Tears of the Giraffe

(No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  45,548 ratings  ·  2,555 reviews
This is a previously-published cover of ISBN 9781400031351.


Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her
Paperback, 227 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by Random House Anchor (first published 2000)
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I have never really have any interest in reading the books by this author, but recently a member friend suggested I would probably like them so I decided to give the first one a try. Actually I chose the second in the series by mistake. In the end it didn't really make any difference.

The book is fairly short and an easy read. The cover is colourful and striking. The style of writing is quite unique. It is simple and straightforward with a gentle feel, almost old fashioned in a way and somehow it
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
Apr 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a lot to say about Alexander McCall Smith’s series. It is for readers who don’t mind jumping outside a structure and especially; for appreciators of the rich, intricate privilege of immersion in someone else’s culture. Acquaintance with Botswana, Africa is the point. Mysteries are on the side but this series certainly belongs to the genre, in the Botswana way. An incongruous person and place make Precious Ramotswe’s career whimsical; except that it works! Her ‘No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agen ...more
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
Lisa Vegan
Thanks to Goodreads friend Laura being persistent about getting me to try this series again, I FINALLY read this book. I’d read the first book in the series many years ago and liked it, but didn’t like it enough to read on. I think I’d even tried this one and put it down. I’d really struggled with this author’s writing style.

I was encouraged to read the audio edition with Lisette Lacat as narrator, and I’m so glad. I’m also glad that I decided to keep a copy of the paperback edition because it
My third read. And it still holds up well. Love this series!

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.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hilary by: Laura and Lisa Vegan
In this book the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency continues to solve mysteries and in the same tied-up-quite-nicely style. Early in the story Mma Ramotswe receives a proposal of marriage. Wondering whether (view spoiler) ...more
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
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
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightfully gentle series of books by Alexander McCall Smith - set in and around Botswana's capital city of Gaborone and stories of the 'No.1 Ladies Detective Agency'.

McCall Smith has created a lovely world of mainly (very) amateurish sleuthing - which whilst ostensibly the theme which is central to these books, is ultimately almost incidental. The main draw here is the cast of well drawn, well written, very memorable and on the whole very endearing (if occasionally frustrating) characters -
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
Jun 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
McCall paints a serene picture (although with a bit of mystery and detective work going on) of Botswana and a wonderful cast of characters. I've been wanting to read this second book in the series for a while now and I'm so glad I finally got to it. I don't think I'll wait as long to get to the next in the series.
Will Byrnes
Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Smith’s follow up to the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and is another delight. The primary tale is Mma Ramotswe helping an American woman find out what happened to her son ten years ago. The Detective agency grows when Precious takes on her secretary as an assistant detective and gives her a case of her own. Ramotswe’s fiancé is visiting a local orphanage where he provides mechanic services for free when, after she learns that he is to be married, the madam in charge badgers him to ...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
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
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
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
Shelves: investigators
Another charming tale of Mma Ramotzwe. Many moral dilemmas woven through the tale, for which eventually the good prevails. Great read!
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.
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.
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.
Small Review
There weren't as many mysteries as the first and those that were there were not as interesting. The characters remained charming and interesting, though, so overall this was a pleasant read.
After I read the first book in the series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency more than 5 years ago, I have been kind of collecting this series on my visit to the annual book fairs. I really liked the first one (read my review here). Even though the genre mentioned is mystery, this series is not one of those tipsy-turvy thrillers that would have you on the edge of your seat. It's more like one which you cozily enjoy with a cup of tea. No wonder this genre has found its name as a tea cozy myster ...more
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
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
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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