A while back, Appa pappa ( who else?) showed me a book with a strange title: “No.1 Ladies Detective Agency”. Intrigued, I started reading it. I never imagined I would be hooked onto a story set in Botswana, about a lady detective – Mma Ramotswe – I dont even know how to say the Mma part, but i do know its the equivalent of Madam. Mma Ramotswe – the Botswana equivalent of Miss Marple – simple, with “Traditional” views – running the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, the only detective agency in whole of Botswana. And running it with all the commonsense and wordly wisdom one can imagine. What I loved about that book was the simplicity of the narrative and the storytelling, and the interweaving of Mma Ramotswe’s personal and professional life.
So yesterday I picked up another of the series – called The Good Husband of Zebra Drive. Alexander McCall Smith has not let me down so far – his characters, the lead detective, her assistant, her husband Mr. JLB Maketoni – all these are so real and believable. I can substitute each of them with a person I know! He’s really managed to bring Botswana to the readers, while keeping his characters so real that you can “see” them.
Keep it up, Mma Ramotswe!