Book Review: The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
Borrowed this from the library.
I discovered this author about a month ago and he is now on my list of Favourite Authors.
The Full Cupboard of Life is the fifth book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. The stories are set in Gaborone, Botswana and feature Mma Precious Ramotswe, the Senior Detective; Mma Grace Makutsi, the Associate Detective; Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and Mma Ramotswe’s fiancé. There are also a handful of minor characters.
In this installment, Mma Ramotswe is asked by a woman who runs a successful hair salon to do a background check on her four suitors. Are they really interested in her or her money?
Mr J. L. B. Matekoni is approached by Mma Potokwani of the orphan farm (again) to do a good deed (again) which requires him to summon all his courage (more so than adopting two children). She wants him to do a sponsored parachute jump to benefit the orphans. Even kind, gentle, magnanimous men have limits to their selflessness. But one does not simply say “No” to people like Mma Potokwani. Will he be able to pull it off?
On a personal level, he has been engaged to Mma Ramotswe for a long time now and so far, no steps has been taken to upgrade the relationship status. When will there be a wedding?
On a professional level, Mr J. L. B. Matekoni encounters an unscrupulous competitor and tries his best to redeem the reputation of all Botswana mechanics.
As with the other books in the series, McCall Smith’s writing style is gentle and slow-paced, but full of questions of morality and ethics. My nine-year-old and I took turns reading this and she loved it — especially the ending!