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Set in London in 1865, it’s true to the language and milieu (as far as I can
tell) and has an amalgam of elements of the classic British detective story and 19th
century novel: an aristocratic amateur detective and his valet, gentlemen’s clubs,
old boys, country houses and town houses, balls and bridge and afternoon tea. The
London winter is palpable and the understated romance between sleuth and lady
Mma Ramotswe's good humor and good will continue to shine, and Alexander McCall
Smith continues to find engaging, non-life-threatening mysteries for her to solve in
this ninth book of the series (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency) set in Botswana. This
novel particularly touches on telling the truth (and how to react when people don't)
and deciding what to believe is the truth. Look for Jilly from Philly as Precious
Ramotswe in the forthcoming BBC adaptation of the series.
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