As always, the 21st book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel, Smith returns his readers to the slower pace of Mma Ramotse’s Botswana. A minimum of detective work solves the two mysteries. A distant cousin is suspected of lying to get money from Mma Ramotse and a baby elephant found by Charlie is eventually sent to an elephant sanctuary. But its not the mysteries that readers return to solve, it is the interaction between the characters. Like all good series, readers must begin at the beginning to fully appreciate the characters and understand the importance of fat cakes and bush tea.

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