Monday, April 27, 2015

The Mystery of Meerkat Hill: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers (Precious Ramotswe's Very First Cases #2), by Alexander McCall Smith (author), Adjoa Andoh (narrator)

Listening Library, October 2013 (original publication 2012)

This is as charming a story for children as stories of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency are for adults. Precious is intelligent and kind, and interested in the people around her. When two new children come to her school, a girl called Teb and her brother Pontsho, she quickly gets to know them.

When her new friends' family cow disappears, Precious, already an aspiring detective, sets to work to find the cow and bring her home.

This is as gentle and kind a story as Precious Ramotswe's adult adventures, and it's told, in both McCall Smith's words and Andoh's voice, in a style reminiscent of the classic English children's stories that enriched my childhood. This is a little treasure.

Highly recommended.

I bought this book.