Tears of the Giraffe

Title: Tears of the Giraffe
Writers : Alexander McCall Smith
Published: 2000
Genre: Fiction
My Rating: 2 on 5

Having liked the first book in the series, I picked up the second one, hoping to read more about Mma Ramotswe’s adventures. While the book does have its dose of African culture and lifestyle with Mma Ramotswe’s adventures, it fails to touch the reader’s heart the same way the first book does.

The story continues from where we left off in the first book. Mma Ramotswe is engaged to Matekoni and this is the talk of the town of Botswana. All of them agree this is a great match, except for Matekoni’s maid. The maid has been taking advantage of Matekoni’s single status and has been running an unofficial prostitution business right under his nose. This marriage will put an end to her second income, so the maid is all set to break this marriage, by hook or crook.

Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe is approached by an American woman to find out the truth behind her son’s disappearance a decade earlier. Ramtoswe knows how such stories end, but doesn’t have the heart turn away a pained mother, so she accepts the case.

Mma Ramotswe promotes her typist Mautsi to assistant detective and asks her to solve a case of adultery. They both discover a disturbing truth which might break the family and they have to battle with their morals and ethics to decide how to handle this sensitive situation.

As you can see, there is no dearth of twists or interesting cases in this book, but the idyllic life of Botswana is missing here. I also found the case of the missing son quite disappointing. The way Mma Ramotswe solves this case could have been handled better. That being said, the book is still very much a short and sweet ready, albeit not as sweet as the first one!


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