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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series Book 12) Kindle Edition
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- Book 12 of 17 in No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series (17 Book Series)
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This time round, the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is investigating the mysterious murder of some cattle. Charlie's girlfriend has given birth to twins but to Mma Makutsi's fury, he is avoiding facing up to the responsibility. Violet Sephotho is running for office and Mma Ramtoswe still can't quite let the memory of her little white van go. And of course - as the title gives away - Mma Makutsi finally marries her long-term fiance Phuti Radiphuti (with her choice of shoes playing an important role).
Mma Makutsi is a character who toes a fine line for me between being likeable and being irritating, and this time round I found myself liking her less than usual. I also felt that Violet Sephotho's storyline was so much an afterthought that it may as well have been left out altogether. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book. It ends with the wedding and with Mma Ramotswe's musings on marriage and life: a warm and comforting note.
To a certain extent I found this to be a book of two halves, with the second part featuring not only the long-awaited wedding of Mma Makutsi, but also the return of the little white van, far more satisfying than the first part.
I have been a fan of this series almost since it started. I enjoyed this one, but it is far from being the best.
It would be easy to make snide remarks about this book - nobody who is not already a fan of the series would be converted by this instalment. But none but the most demanding fan is liable to be disappointed. Mma Ramotswe is reunited with at least one old friend missing from the last few episodes, and Charlie, the livelier and more badly behaved of the perpetual apprentices at Speedy Motors, learns an important lesson.
In spite of this, I set aside this book at the end of the last page and sighed. I felt there was no real plot line, the characters are disappointingly two dimensional and somehow not believable as they usually are. In addition, it seemed like the narrative just stumbled to a stuttering end.
I realise I am in the minority, as most readers seemed to enjoy it, but I really feel the author is capable of so much more, as he has proved before.
I really hope his next book in the series (if indeed there in one) will be back up to the standard of the others. I couldn't bear the disappointment otherwise!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As before, loved it. Couldn’t be better. Altho’ 2nd hand was like new.Published 1 month ago by jayees
Read all the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, this one was OK but not too bothered.Published 4 months ago by Mrs J Richards
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