Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Colors of All the Cattle (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #19), by Alexander McCall Smith (author), Lisette Lecat (narrator)

Recorded Books, November 2018

Another enjoyable visit with Mma Ramotswe and her friends and family.

This time, she's asked to find the driver in a hit-and-run that seriously injured a respected older doctor who served her native village of Mochudi for years, and returned their in retirement after some years at a respected hospital. The good doctor can't identify the car beyond the fact that it was blue, and there were no witnesses. The police, with nothing to work with, have given up.

At the same time, there's a proposal before the Gabarone city council to approve the development of a hotel, the Big Fun Hotel, next to a cemetery. There's an open seat on the council, and an election approaching--and currently the only candidate is old nemesis Violet Sepotho. But Mma Ramotswe's friend Mma Potokwanne has a solution--Mma Ramotswe will run also, and defeat her--and then defeat the plans for the Big Fun Hotel.

Mma Ramotswe thinks this is a terrible idea, but it's hard to say no to Mma Potokwane, and Mma Makutsi, Mr. Polopetse, and part-time mechanic, part-time detective-in-training Charlie are all ready to actively support her candidacy. Indeed, Mma Makutsi is just as determined she should run as Mma Potokwane.

Meanwhile, the characters continue to grow and develop. Grace Makutsi and her husband, Phuti Radiphuti, weather their first marital argument. Charlie has a girlfriend whom he has less desire to show off for, and more desire to genuinely impress. For the first time, being worthy of her is a real concern.

The gentle and warm tone continues, and I found the story very satisfying. Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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