Book Review: The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

January 4, 2012  By: Gretchen

The 12th book in Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ series is perhaps my favorite.  Endearing as all of the others but especially poignant, it has the usual mystery, life lessons and charming conversations found in the rest of the series.

This story finds Mma Ramotswe investigating a crime against cattle; an especially egregious thing in Botswana where cattle are valued above all else.  Clues lead to unexpected places and she meets many interesting characters along the way.  Additionally, there is drama in Mr. J.L.B.Matekoni’s garage when one of his apprentices is presumed responsible for getting a girl pregnant.  Mma Ramotswe has to help sort things out there as well.

Best of all, this book leads up to and eventually celebrates the wedding of Mma Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti.  The preparations of course involve the very careful selection of wedding shoes, shoes being a particular passion of Grace Makutsi.

These details are only a few of the stories interwoven in The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party.  If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll especially like this book.  They are formulaic, but that formula has made them incredibly successful.  Definitely a feel-good read.