The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party is the newest book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. I enjoy how the books in the series are light and uncomplicated and I usually forget that Mma Ramotswe is a detective. There is generally one major investigation in each book, but the side stories that occur are just as interesting.
In this book, Mma Ramotswe is asked by a seemingly scared cattle man to investigate who is killing his cows. As the investigation begins, Mma Ramotswe begins to wonder if he himself is involved in the crime. Grace Makutsi is in the final stages of planning her wedding and needs shoes for the event. And, as is usual, there is drama with one of Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni’s apprentices.
I have always listened to the books in this series and the narrator is fantastic! I had to get over the “Mma’s” and “Rra’s” in the first book, but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have looked forward to listening to each one as they have been published. The series is set in Botswana and it is interesting hearing about the way of life in that country. I also enjoy hearing what goes on in Mma Ramotswe’s mind and her rationalizations for things that she does or things that go on.
A great addition to the series and I already can’t wait for the next one!
The second book I finished this week was A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard. Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Jaycee was kidnapped in 1991 and held in captivity for 18 years before she was recovered with her 2 daughters. I wasn’t sure whether I really wanted to read the book, but so many people on Facebook said that it was such a good book.
I’m not gonna lie, there were some parts that made me cringe. I can’t believe some of the things that Jaycee was put through. But her outlook on life is amazing considering all that she went through. There are some people who probably would have turned to addictive behaviors to deal with the circumstances, but she seems to be a very down to earth woman and she doesn’t dwell on the “what if’s” and the “why me’s.” The way that she is coping and adjusting to normal life again is amazing. It will be interesting to see what she does now with her Foundation.