Random Fiction

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #16) by Alexander McCall Smith

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The covers of this series are so pretty.I mention that at the beginning because I have been reviewing books of this series since the second book and the fact that it is true. I do not recommend the previous book, but almost all the others ( #2,#3, #4,#5,#6,#7,#8,# 9,#10,#11,#12,#13,#14) are a treat on any odd day.

I would really recommend checking out at least a few of those old reviews to get the feel for everything I am going to say next. If you have read them previously and retain some of the ‘feel’ of it, my review will make more sense. The last book disappointed me because it seemed more like a standard rehash of all the things that make the series tick. It did not add any flavour to the existing tale. In this book there is an undercurrent of doubt sown into us about ulterior motives. Precious Ramotswe is forced into taking a holiday, the drama of which extends a few chapters. Holidays do not come naturally to someone like her. She wanders about trying to find things to do. One situation needs her to jump into immediate action (almost literally!) while the other needs her to be circumspect. The book is not ‘about’ any of this though, it is once again about the snippets of conversations that people have and the parabolic analysis that they end up doing about life in general and their land in particular. There are parts that make you think, some that make you smile and others that induce laughter. Overall, it made me feel that there is still something left in this series for me.There are still three books(as of now!) left in the series, and then I move on to another of the author’s prolific series.

I recommend this book or the series to those on the lookout for that something different, to have some form of respite or change from all the other genres that they read.

 

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