Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Colours of all the Cattle (December 2018)

By Alexander McCall Smith

December 13, 2018

At the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Precious Ramotswe is pondering the meaning of her life and whether in fact there is one.  A meeting with Mma Potokwani – who runs the local orphan farm – provides unsettling inspiration.

It is Mma Ramotswe’s instinct for selflessness, her calm and rational thinking, Mma Rotokwani proclaims, that make her a perfect candidate for a newly vacant seat on the local council.  Who better than Precious Ramotswe to defend the community against corruption and injustice?

Meanwhile, part-time detective Charlie is assigned a troubling case.  He is keen to prove both his ability to his superior, Mma Makutsi, and his worth to Queenie-Queenie who has captured his heart; and Mma Makutsi is confidently in pursuit of a ruthless local property developer.

The path to triumph, however, is beset with problems for Charlie and Mma Makutsi, while Mma Ramotswe comes to recognize that it not political power that gives her life its vital purpose – it is simply her inherent desire to understand and support those who need her most.

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