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Tears of the Giraffe

Tears of the Giraffe

Book rating: 04 Paperback Abacus

By (author) Alexander McCall Smith

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  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 7 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0349116652
  • ISBN 13: 9780349116655
  • Sales rank: 3,637

Product description

THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY introduced the world to the one and only Precious Ramotswe - the engaging and sassy owner of Botswana's only detective agency. TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE, McCall Smith's second book, takes us further into this world as we follow Mama Ramotswe into more daring situations ...Among her cases this time are wayward wives, unscrupulous maids, and the challenge to resolve a mother's pain for her son who is long lost on the African plains. Indeed, Mma Ramotswe's own impending marriage to the most gentlemanly of men, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, the promotion of Mma's secretary to the dizzy heights of Assistant Detective, and the arrival of new members to the Matekoni family, all brew up the most humorous and charmingly entertaining of tales. * TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE was selected as one of the GUARDIAN's top ten 'Fiction Paperbacks of the Year, 2000

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Alexander McCall Smith is a Professor of Medical Law as well as the author of over 50 books from FORENSIC ASPECTS OF SLEEP to THE CRIMINAL LAW OF BOTSWANA, THE PERFECT HAMBURGER (for children) to PORTUGUESE IRREGULAR VERBS (short stories).

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By Neale P Blackwood 05 Sep 2010 4

Slightly better than the first in the series. Starting to offer more possibilities. An enjoyable read.

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** 'I was enchanted by the character of Precious Ramotswe and the sly humour of Alexander McCall Smith's writing, his deft evocation of a culture' - Anthony Minghella ** 'So elegant and understated is the author's style that the novel seems to transcend age' - Trevor Royle