Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #2)

Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #2)

by Alexander McCall Smith
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Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #2) by Alexander McCall Smith


Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.
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 of resolving uncertainties, pondering her impending marriage to a good, kind man, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, and the promotion of her talented secretary (a graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, with a mark of 97 per cent), she also finds her family suddenly and unexpectedly increased by two.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400031351
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2002
Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 127,744
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

Place of Birth:


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Tears of the Giraffe (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
willownme More than 1 year ago
I am more than ever excited about this series. It really brings me into Botswana Africa. The characters are wonderful and fun to follow through all thier adventures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a superb story McCall Smith tells in Tears of the Giraffe, and how beautifully he tells it. His No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is fast becoming one of my favorites. Simply told, gently written, and charming in its descriptions of the people and places in the Botswana of Precious Ramotswe, makes McCall Smith's approach to storytelling unique and refreshing. Mma Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only woman detective, and owner of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has agreed to marry Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. However, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni's maid, Florence Peko, is not at all happy with the news and conjures up some plans of her own for Mma Ramotswe. The main plot surrounds Mma Ramotswe's search for the son of an American woman who had been missing for ten years. The woman, Andrea Curtin, does not expect her son to be alive, but she does want to know what happened to him. Mrs (no period) Curtin's husband is now dead, and all previous efforts to find her son have failed, so she pays a visit to the agency. Add to that the troubles of Mr Letsenyane Badule who wants to know if his wife is having an affair, and we have the thrust of the book. Then there are the orphans, two of whom become very important in the lives of Mma Ramotswe and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Its simple, straight-forward language, and its portrayal of the qualities of the Batswana (refers to the people), kept me enthralled. I was particularly struck by the fact that Mma Ramotswe and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni were always referred to by this formal reference. More familiar forenames were never used. My only concern in reading this book was whether or not I was pronouncing names and places correctly-places like the Makadikadi Salt Pans, the town of Molepolole, and the names Tlokweng, Letsenyane and Sonqkwena, to name a few. If you read it, you will love it. Carolyn Rowe Hill
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fast flowing story set in Africa, Tears of the Giraffe is one of the best books I have read. With good values expressed through characters that are lively, this book showed a beautiful side of Africa, where commitment is held sacred, where love is deep and hospitality is the norm. Fast paced and hilarious, this book hooked me all the more to the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
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bealsinsd More than 1 year ago
Every bit as good as the first of the series. Simple, funny, memorable characters and prose. I recommend this series to all the readers I know. I tell them it is the African equivalent of 'Murder, She Wrote', one of my favorite TV series of all time. Smith's straight-forward style is endearing, and lets the characters do the heavy lifting.
Sarah Swanson More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed book one, but Tears if the Giraffe had more emotion, plot twists and cultural insights. A touching book.
berit More than 1 year ago
Open the book and step away from who you are and where you are. This book is the second in the series and in the first book you are introduced to the characters with a few simple plots to be solved. In this, the second book, you are finding the characters to be a little more complex and the detective work even more challenging. You can almost feel the sun on your skin and the warmth of the breezes as you step away from home and into Africa. The characters are lovable and interesting, without a dull day amongst them. The book is both a study of compassion and of the land in which the story takes place. Reading this book has brought laughter and tears and a strong desire to step away and into Africa. Beautifully written and I am definately compelled to finish the series. I am reading the third in the series now. I think I shall miss them when I have read them all. Thanks goodness I bought the books, as I think that I will start over from the beginning one day. For, one day, I may need a journey into Africa again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You still have the read the first one to get all the background on her family and Daddy, but the second one really kicks this series into high gear!
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momelaine More than 1 year ago
I don't understand all of the poor ratings on this with no comments. If you didn't like it, what didn't you like about it? Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. I have been thinking about reading one of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books for a long time and I found this one in a Little Free Library. I am very happy that I picked it up. I read it all in one day, I had to see how it turned out. I really enjoyed some of the things that were written about Africa and the culture. A friend had spent some time there as a nurse and so the story really reflected what she had shared after being there for 3 years. I definitely recommend this book. It is an easy read and very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stayed interesting through the book
monalisaSC More than 1 year ago
The characters are deep and believable, and yet from another dimension, beyond my ordinary experience. The plot seems ordinary and then becomes unique and engaging.
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Im white and portoricon. Im 14 i have black long straight hair with pink at end. I wanna party. I do cheerleading soccer tennis softball the most. Im tan and skinny. Big ti.ts and a.zz i am wearing a blue tinktop and black jean bootyshorts. *just to make it clear im taken but i wanna party*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay cool
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GirasolMJC More than 1 year ago
The descriptions are incredibly vivid!
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