When Alexander McCall Smith’s first No. 1 Lady Detective mystery was published, not many people could have predicted that a mystery series set in Botswana would become a beloved, bestselling series. But it has.
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party is the 12th book in the series.
At a remote cattle post south of Gaborone two cows have been killed, and Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s No. 1 Lady Detective, is asked to investigate by a rather frightened and furtive gentleman. It is an intriguing problem with plenty of suspects—including, surprisingly, her own client. To complicate matters, Mma Ramotswe is haunted by a vision of her dear old white van, and Grace Makutsi witnesses it as well. Is it the ghost of her old friend, or has it risen from the junkyard? In the meantime, one of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni’s apprentices may have gotten a girl pregnant and, under pressure to marry her, has run away. Naturally, it is up to Precious to help sort things out.
The praise for Smith’s writing and the series has been unanimous:
“Utterly charming and compulsively readable.”
“Kindness is paramount . . . Consistently satisfying . . . Genial [and] comforting.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
“Endearing, amusing . . . Sparkles with African sunshine and wit.”
—The Dallas Morning News
—The New York Times Book Review