Precious Ramotswe is the eminently sensible and cunning proprietor of the only ladies’ detective agency in Botswana. In Tears of the Giraffe she tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared into the plains many years ago. In the midst... read more
Precious Ramotswe has agreed to marry J. L. B. Matekoni. They decide they will live in her home after the marriage. In the meantime, life goes on. Amanda Curtin seeks out Ramotswe to find out what happened to her son Michael who disappeared 10 years before. Ramotswe also discovers that her... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Precious Ramotswe has agreed to marry J. L. B. Matekoni. They decide they will live in her home after the marriage. In the meantime, life goes on. Amanda Curtin seeks out Ramotswe to find out what happened to her son Michael who disappeared 10 years before. Ramotswe also discovers that her secretary wishes to become a detective and promotes her to assistant. Her first case is to find out if a wife is being unfaitheful.
Matekoni ends up being talked into adopting two orphans, a sister and brother.
Ramotswe goes to the place where Michael was last seen and discovers some clues. She eventually tracks down one of the men in a photograph and blackmails him into revealing that he had had an affair with Michael's then girlfriend Carla and when Michael found out, he bolted and ended up falling into a ditch-like structure and dying. Carla and her lover concealed the body and then lied about knowing anything. Carla was pregnant with Michael's child and left the farm soon after.
The case of the unfaithful wife proves to be true. The wife is having an affair with a prominent businessman who is the supposed father of the son the client assumes is his. This businessman is paying for the son's tuition to a private school. Makutsi advises the client that his suspicions of unfaithfulness are correct but withholds some of the details and claims the wife did it to provide for the boy's education.
Matekoni's maid is furious at both his engagement and that he's brought two children into his home. She's been told she'll be released once he's married and moves to Ramotswe's home. He is going to help her get a job at a hotel. But she prefers things the way they are for various reasons. She hatches a plot to frame Ramotswe with possession of an illegal weapon. She gets a weapon from one of her lovers and then thinks she has a former lover lined up to put the gun into Ramotswe's home. Instead, that man double crosses her by arranging to pick up the gun from her at her workplace but then calling the police and reporting to them that they will find the maid in possession of the illegal gun. She is arrested.
Matekoni must reveal to Ramotswe that he somehow ended up taking charge of these two children without consulting her at all. He is found out when he takes the children shopping. Ramotswe moves the children to her home since that is where they will be living once the wedding takes place. Matekoni realizes that the girl has an interest in mechanical things. The boy seems more interested in art.
Chapter One - Mr. J.L.B Matekoni's House
Chapter Two - A Client Arrives
Chapter Three - The Boy With an African Heart
Chapter Four - At the Orphan Farm
Chapter Five - Judgement-Day Jewellers
Chapter Six - A Dry Place
Chapter Seven - Further Problems With the Orphan-Farm Pump
Chapter Eight - The Children's Tale
Chapter Nine - The Wind Must Come From Somewhere
Chapter Ten - Children Are Good From Botswana
Chapter Eleven - The Glass Ceiling
Chapter Twelve - At Night In Gaborone
Chapter Thirteen - A Problem in Moral Philosophy
Chapter Fourteen - A Trip Into Town
Chapter Fifteen - The Sullen, Bad Maid Acts
Chapter Sixteen - Family
Chapter Seventeen - Seat of Learning
Chapter Eighteen - At Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors
Chapter Nineteen - What Happened
Chapter Twenty - Bulawayo
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