‘The Colors of All the Cattle’ by Alexander McCall Smith

By the 19th instalment, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency crew is well known to fans of the series. But I must say Sandy Smith is a master at giving background for possible new readers without making it boring for the regulars. I also noticed how certain characters are changing and growing–Charlie, who now works for both Mr. JLB Matekoni as well as Mma Ramotswe, is growing and maturing into a fine young man, which is something Mma Makutsi sure never expected!

A magazine article sparks a discussion about personal responsibility and social change and Mma Ramotswe is compelled to accept a challenge to run for city council, even though she has no desire or inclination towards a political position. Charlie is in love with a totally unsuitable woman, and not for the reasons you might think, and that old nemesis of Mma Makutsi’s (Violet Sephoto) shows up in a very likely and predictable spot!

Oh no! Just as I thought I was all caught up with this series, now I discover the 20th instalment on his website! The title is To the Land of Long Lost Friends and my library already has it on order. I do believe this author continues to write books faster than I can read them…

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