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Joanna | 693 comments Mod
What is surprising about the nature of the cases Mma Ramotswe is hired to solve? By what means does Alexander McCall Smith sustain the reader’s interest, in the absence of the kind of tension, violence, and suspense that drive most mysteries?

(Graciously taken from LitLovers Discussion Guide)

This book is not a normal mystery book. In addition to the smaller cases being interspersed between the "main" case, there is also the history of her family. The cases themselves are also non-traditional. She returns a stolen car, she finds out if a man is cheating, she uncovers fraud, etc. Some might say that McCall-Smith pins her strictly to a "woman's" area of detecting, leaving the gritty stuff for men. Is that the case, though? And if it is, does it work? Mma Ramotswe does seem to put a personal emphasis on helping others in their lives as opposed to solving cases of an extraordinary nature.

What do you all think?


message 2: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 58 comments I just got to a part in the book where she seems to have taken on a case with great significance. She does give a personal touch to all her cases, so I'm interested to see how she solves this bigger case with political and more violent ramifications.


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