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Tears of the Giraffe

(No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  49,431 ratings  ·  2,836 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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Danita Brown
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the tv show, now I am enjoying the books.
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
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
‘You are a fortunate man,’ said the jeweller. ‘Not every man can find such a cheerful, fat woman to marry. There are many thin, hectoring women around today. This one will make you very happy.’ Mr J.L.B. Matekoni acknowledged the compliment.”

As you can see, Botswana has a culture all its own. Our attention is on the one and only Precious Ramotswe, founder and owner of the now well-known No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. This is an agency unlike any other, and it’s in a unique part of the world
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
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
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.

And then, at the end, i
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 & relati ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it’s been a while since I read the first book, I’ve enjoyed returning to this series set mostly in Gabarone, the capital of Botswana, about the continuing adventures of Precious Ramotswe and her unique detective agency. While I normally am not a big fan of cozy mysteries, I love this series.

There is such a gentle sweetness to these books that it makes me want to crawl inside of them and lie down (like my favorite book by my favorite author, Cannery Row.)

In this entry, Mma Precious Ramo
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
Ivana - Diary of Difference
It is a book that brings me peace when I read it. Learning about the life in Botswana and this bright woman that is achieving the things she believes in is just so inspiring and amusing! Great book!
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
I love this series, as enjoyable a read the second time around as the first. This time I have full access to the world wide web where I can see and learn lots of interesting things about Botswana. Makes my experience that much more vivid!

Why I'm reading this: I'm really enjoying revisiting my old friend Mma Romotswe during this time when we're being asked to stay indoors to stop the spread of coronavirus. Comforting.
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
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-reads, africa
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.
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 does not disappoint! Fantastic character development and a continued strong sense of place. As the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency continues to solve cases, there are ethical dilemmas that must be pondered. What is the distinction between the actions of a detective and that of a criminal? Love these characters and am looking forward to my next visit to the world of Precious Ramotswe.
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 chec
I have always loved well-written mysteries, and I was the only weirdo in the fifth grade who was reading Agatha Christie. (The other kids were weird, too, but for different reasons.)

Classics and mysteries were my genres of choice until my early twenties, but, around that time, things changed. My beloved mystery genre seemed to have been hijacked by a "CSI mentality," where the quirky stories of detectives who were far more intriguing than what they were detecting disappeared and rape, graphic vi
Will G
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book number 2 in a series of 19 written so far. So far these are fairly simple mysteries which include at the core, women in non-traditional jobs and life in rural Africa. I enjoy the simplicity and the casual way the stories develop.
May 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series when I read it 3 years ago and consequently gave it a 4 star rating because it was such a delightful read.....

BUT what I think I may have missed at that time - was just how thought provoking these delightful books are. They are written in a very deceptively simple style.... and when you read them, you will think that they are pure delight.... and they are. But the author also weaves in some wonderfully deep ideas and issues that will cause you
Melissa (ladybug)
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
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
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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 21 books)
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  • Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #3)
  • The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #4)
  • The Full Cupboard of Life (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #5)
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #6)
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #7)
  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #8)
  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #9)
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