What I Read on the Trip (Good Husband of Zebra Drive)

Another in the series. I started Alexander McCall Smith’s The Good Husband of Zebra Drive the night before I went to Denver. Thanks to a nonstop flight, I finished it en route. This one seemed shorter than the others, but maybe it was because I was reading it in e-form.

It had all the hallmarks of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: owner Precious Ramotswe investigating suspicious deaths in a hospital while continuing to savor her bush tea. Her husband, the consummate auto shop owner Mr. J. L. B. Matekone, having problems with his apprentices. Further complications for Mma Ramotswe’s assistant Grace Makutsi, who has become engaged but maintains her inferiority complex.

This particular work (No. 8 in the series) had too many plots for a slim volume. The “A” plot involves Mma Ramotswe’s confronting the possibility that the deaths could involve a relative. Mr. Matekone undertakes his own investigation, which leads to a preposterous conclusion for the “B” plot. And Mma Makutsi and one of the apprentices quit. That “C” plot came through as lame, probably because it wasn’t well developed.

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