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Just an Ordinary Person

February 11, 2019 GMT

The Colors of all the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith

In this “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” novel our heroine, Precious Ramotswe is persuaded to run for a seat on the Gaborone City Council. She is very reluctant and tries to bow out several times, but eventually enters the contest. She refuses to make any campaign promises, but says she will do her best.

Grace Makutsi, office manager and self-proclaimed “associate detective,” is especially strong in encouraging Precious to run because the opponent is Grace’s old nemesis, Violet Sephotho.

The main issue in the election is the proposed construction of the Big Fun Hotel near a graveyard. Precious considers this disrespectful to the ancestors, and she runs on that issue.

As usual in these books, Precious is working on numerous “small” cases that are of great importance to the involved individuals. One is an investigation into a hit-and-run accident and, “junior detective” Charlie (the apprentice mechanic), gets drawn into this case.

If you are familiar with this series you will be glad for another comfortable, warm-hearted return to Botswana and its compassionate lady detective. This is the nineteenth in the series.

Kerry Pettis is a retired elementary school teacher and children’s librarian who has lived in Broomfield since 1975. Reading is her favorite occupation.