Monday, September 24, 2012

The Great Cake Mystery:Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case: A Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book for Young Readers, by Alexander McCall Smith

Anchor, ISBN 9780307743893, April 2012

This is exactly what the title says: an absolutely charming story of Precious Ramotswe's first case, her first impulse to be a detective and solve a problem someone brings to her.

Precious is just a school girl, and this very first case concerns who is stealing the special treats the children bring to school, to eat in the school yard after the plain, nutritious lunch provided by the school. These treats are important to the children, and when they start disappearing, they are eager to identify and punish a culprit. Precious is troubled by the fact that there is no real evidence against the accused boy, and she starts asking questions and looking around, trying to find a way to identify the real thief.

This is a fun little book, and I while I think the intended age group will enjoy it, it will be an enjoyable read for their parents who enjoy the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, as well.

Recommended.

I borrowed this book from the local library.