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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jun 29, 2011

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bookshelves: library-loan, fiction, read-2011

Another enjoyable instalment in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series. McCall Smith certainly churns them out along with his other two 'middle class comfort zone' series - but they work for me!

This is possibly one of the slighter books and with some disappointments but some welcome familiar themes - Charlie the apprentice's waywardness, Mma Makutsi's passion for shoes. In this book there is a lot reflecting on the differences between men and women. Occasionally McCall Smith can jar when he 'goes off on one' but he seems to have struck the right note this time.

The main case to solve here, the horrible attacks on cattle, is an interesting one and ties the series firmly to its African setting.

I was disappointed not to get more of a feel for the atmosphere of a Botswana wedding - especially after years of waiting for Grace's big day. And surely those poor foster children deserve more attention (especially if you are going to spend time talking about gender differences - wouldn't Mma Ramotswe's thoughts light on them)
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