‘The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party’ by Alexander McCall Smith

This book made me think about shoes. No, not because of Mma Makutsi’s love of shoes, not because shoes actually talk in this book, and not because there is a shoe tragedy in this story. No, it is none of these. It is because when I pick up yet another instalment in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, it always feels like putting on an old comfortable pair of shoes and heading out for a pleasant walk in good weather. There is the sense that we know and recognize each other and have been down this road before.

If you are unfamiliar with this series, go to Smith’s website and get started.
Alexander McCall Smith It’s probably good to read them in order, whichever series you choose. If you are a frequent visitor to McCall Smith’s series, then you will enjoy the usual wit and wisdom.

As you may have guessed from the title, Mma Makutsi finally ties the knot with Phuti Radiphuti and Mma Ramotswe unravels another tangled situation or two. There is a reappearance of a character from earlier books – the little white van. And all three men:  JLB Matekoni, Phuti, and Charlie the apprentice, get to prove how kind and loving they really are.  Not at all a bad scene for yet another African sun to set on.

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