The latest installment from THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY series Mma Ramotswe's friend will persuade her to stand for election to the City Council. 'We need women like her in politics,' Mma Potokwani says, 'instead of having the same old men every time . . .' To be elected, Mma Ramotswe must have a platform and some policies. She will have to canvas opinion. She will have to get Mma Makutsi's views. Her slogan is 'I can't promise anything - but I shall do my best'. Her intention is to halt the construction of the Big Fun Hotel, a dubious, flashy business near a graveyard - an act that many consider to be disrespectful. Mma Ramotswe will take the campaign as far as she can, but lurking around the corner, as ever, is the inextinguishable Violet Sephotho.
These delightful books are written in a deceptively simple style, but I find them profound. Alexander McCall Smith has written one a year for some years now, and I always order pre publication. The cases encountered by the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency are often every day difficulties, but the way in which they are solved and the relationships between the characters develop makes for calm and satisfying reading. I always feel as if I have spent a day at a spa when I finish the latest book!