The ‘Good Husband’ Is Here, Ladies

am-smith.jpgIn the time it takes you to read this blog post Alexander McCall Smith will have written a yet another novel and written the title to the one after that. The man is astoundingly prolific. I realize the spate of books that have come out since the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series hit like a tidal wave a few years includes some previously written work, but, seriously. This guy just can’t stop. And, luckily for him, readers can’t get enough.

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive is the newest effort (among those that already have been bound and printed) and I snapped this photo at River City Books the other day. “Good Husband” (a title I like already) is another in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Here’s a publisher summary of the book:

In the life of Precious Ramotswe — a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build — there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road.

Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. First Mr. J.L.B. Mate-koni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number one lady detective can? Then she has a minor falling-out with her assistant, Mma Makutsi, who decides to leave the agency, taking the 97 percent she received on her typing final from the Botswana Secretarial College with her.

Along the way, Mma Ramotswe is asked to investigate a couple of tricky cases. Will she be able to explain an unexpected series of deaths at the hospital in Mochudi? And what about the missing office supplies at a local printing company? These are the types of questions that she is uniquely well suited to answer.

In the end, whatever happens, Mma Ramotswe knows she can count on Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who stands for all that is solid and true in a shifting world. And there is always her love for Botswana, a country of which she is justifiably proud.

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