Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: How to Raise an Elephant (October 2021)

By Alexander McCall Smith

October 18, 2021

The One with Charlie’s Big Secret

As the temperature rises in Gaborone, Precious Ramotswe wonders whether the heat could be the reason that business is particularly slow.  But then a distant cousin comes to the agency with a plea for help.  Armed with Mma Ramotswe’s circumspection and Mma Makutsi’s sharp eye, the ladies decide to pursue the issue together.  What, after all, could be more straightforward than a family matter?

Meanwhile, their colleague Charlie is behaving oddly, borrowing Mma Romotswe’s van and returning it in an unusual condition.  Digging a little deeper, the explanation is both strange and extraordinary, and takes Charlie, along with Mma Ramotswe’s husband, Mr J. L. B. Matekoni on a hair-raising night-time expedition.

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