Saturday, November 11, 2017

The House of Unexpected Sisters (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #18), by Alexander McCall Smith (author), Lisette Lecat (narrator)

Recorded Books, November 2017

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency has two tricky cases to navigate. One involves a widowed mother of two young children who has been fired from her job at an office furniture company. She insists that the stated reason--that she was rude to an important customer--is completely false, but even if it isn't, it seems strange to fire a long-time, excellent employee for a single offense.

As Mma Makutsi leads the investigation of events at the office furniture store, Mma Ramotswe is drawn into learning more about an operating theater nurse in Lobotswe--a nurse named Mingie Ramotswe. She thought she knew everyone in Botswana who shared her not very common last name, but Mingie is a complete surprise. Who is she?

This is as always a gentle story, ruled by Mma Ramotswe's belief that kindness is never wasted, and that forgiveness is important. In the office furniture store investigation, Clovis Anderson's precept that nothing is ever what it seems is central. In the matter of Mingie Ramotswe, Precious Ramotswe makes the painful discovery that she might need to forgive her deceased, much-revered father, Obed.

It's another excellent visit with old friends.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.