Name: The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Number of Pages: 240 (Hardback)
Published: 17th September 2015 by Little, Brown
Mma Ramotswe is not one to sit about. Her busy life gives her little time for relaxation (apart from the drinking of tea, of course, which is another matter altogether). Nonetheless, she is persuaded to take a holiday from the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. But Mma Ramotswe finds it impossible to resist the temptation to follow the cases taken on by her business partner, Mma Makutsi, and to interfere in them – at one remove. This leads her to delve into the past of a man whose reputation has been called into question. Meanwhile, Violet Sephotho, Mma Makutsi’s arch enemy, has had the temerity to set up a new secretarial college – one that aims to rival that great institution, the Botswana Secretarial College. Will she get her comeuppance? It will be a close-run thing. – from Goodreads
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine offers a welcome return to Botswana and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. I’ve read all the books in this series and always look forward to a new tale from McCall Smith.
Here he returns with warm wit and wisdom as delivered by the affable Mma Ramotswe. I loved reading some of the thoughts Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makatsi have regarding everyday things or people. Their observations on all manner of subjects adds a great conversational tone to the narrative.
In this tale Mma Ramotswe starts out on unfamiliar ground – she’s been persuaded to take a holiday from her beloved job. At first she has no idea how to just be, and relax. Her old instinct to help runs deep and it isn’t long before she’s involved in helping a young boy find a new home. Mr. Polopetsi, who has volunteered to help at the agency during Mma Ramotswe’s holiday, also gives her the perfect excuse to become involved in another case when he seeks her help and advice after Mma Makutsi offloads the case onto him. Uncertain how to proceed, he welcomes the help.
All the regular characters are here – Charlie, Mr. J L B Matekoni, Mma Potokwani the matron of the orphan farm, Mma Makutsi, and of course the dreaded Violet Sephotho. Look out for some great scenes between these two old adversaries.
Reading these books is almost like taking a holiday yourself. They’re calming, gentle and humorous, with a great cast of recurrent and minor characters facing all manner of issues in which Mma Ramotwse and Mma Makutsi find themselves becoming involved.
Can’t wait for another new offering in this series. I hope there will be many more.