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Time to Say Goodbye
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2020
The newest morality story from prolific writer Alexander McCall Smith is this twenty-first, and newest, book in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series.
The reader is invited to partake of two very curious situations in this book: how to deal with a distant relative who is seeking money and what to do with an orphaned baby elephant that Junior Assistant and sometime mechanic Charlie is caring for. These are dealings that only Precious Ramotswe can sort out in her own inimitable manner. And lest we forget, there is real danger this time that Mma Ramotswe’s little white van may truly succumb when much is asked of it.
As stated, this is book #21 of the series. While fans of McCall-Smith and the #1 Ladies Detective Agency are sure to enjoy this book and find comfort in visiting with well-known characters, this reader believes that the time has come for the author to bring this series to its conclusion. Another reviewer has pointed out that there were no clients to deal with in this story and while that is true, let us ask ourselves if even our friends wouldn’t be our clients were we in Mma Ramotswe’s position?
It seems that the author is devoting more of his time and energy to his other series than to this one. And while our favorite characters move through the routine of their daily lives, perhaps it is time to let them do just that. They have given us comfort and food for thought and this reader is grateful. But as many of us realize it is time to move on and bring this series to a conclusion.
In a paraphrase of that wonderful line of dialogue from Casablanca: We’ll always have Botswana (or Mma Ramotswe; or Mma Makutsi; or Afrika).