I was beside myself happy when I discovered #14 in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series was available at my library. I love all of the books in this series as many of you WELL KNOW because I've blathered about them so much over the years. These books have a slow rhythm that draws me in. On the surface they seem simple, but oh no, they are deep and wise. I just love 'em. In this book Mma Makutsi has a baby!
discloser: this book is rated R. From what I know of many of you who
come here regularly you will not like this. It's vulgar and there is constant taking of the Lord's name in vain. It would have been a fine book without those things.
The story is a hard one, not good for someone prone to depression. I
have to be careful about getting bogged down in books that are too
moody. Several times I wondered if I should keep reading but the story
was so compelling, so intricately woven, in some way a reflection of
dark and sinister things I know about without knowing about them, if that makes sense, that I
couldn't put it down. It has the flavor of a fairy tale, the kind where evil seems to win until it doesn't.
Wally Lamb's books are recommended often. I see why. How
does someone write like this and keep it all straight? I kept telling myself this was fiction,
these people were not real because I would forget.
story is like unearthing an ancient tell...layer upon layer upon
layer. It is amazingly consistent. My only complaint, the end wrapped
up a little too fast and tidy. But I suppose this already really long book had to come to an end at some point.