The fifth in the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
Mma Ramotswe, who became engaged to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni at the end of the first book, is still engaged. She wonders when a day for the wedding will be named, but she is anxious to avoid putting too much pressure on her fiance. For indeed he has other things on his mind - notably a frightening request made of him by Mma Potokwani, the pushy matron of the Orphan Farm.
Mma Ramotswe herself has weighty matters on her mind. She has been approached by a wealthy lady - whose fortune comes from successful hair-braiding salons - and has been asked to check up on several suitors. Are these men just interested in her money? This may be difficult to find out, but Mma Ramotswe is, of course, a very intuitive lady
Forget the library - the body is in the mud hut. An African Marple created by a Scottish law lecturer. - Stephen McGinty, The Sunday Times
McCall Smith's familiar tone of wry amusement permeates the narrative, as does the detective's wisdom...hugely enjoyable. - Sunday Times
This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time. - Anthony Daniels, Sunday Telegraph
Highly amusing, intelligent and heart-warming. - Scotland on Sunday
McCall Smith is a natural born storyteller, filling his prose with rhythm and repetition Charming, quirky and timeless. - Scotland on Sunday
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over one hundred books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. He is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie novels and the world's longest-running serial novel, 44 Scotland Street. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. Alexander McCall Smith is Professor Emeritus of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and holds honorary doctorates from thirteen universities.