Member Blogs > Journey of a BooksellerThe House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:00:00    Permalink
    Precious and Botswana are back again.  She's still doing her detective work with her partner.  You couldn't find an odder pair.  Precious likes to think things over and figure out a plan of attack.  Mma Makutsi trusts her own instincts and attacks right away.  She also is very easily offended.  Of course, Precious can be accused of that too.  How they manage to solve a crime is a bit of a mystery in itself.

    Pantheon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.

    A salewoman was fired from a store she had worked at for six years.  Her boss says a customer complained about her being rude.  This was the first complaint against her but he still fired her.  Her sister doesn't think she was rude.  Precious is given the case and lets her assistant go forward with the case.

    In the meantime, she was visiting with another woman who showed her a picture that included a woman with her same last name.  She knows of no relatives, so she's anxious to find her but not sure if she should.  She visits her friend who always has good fruitcake and while eating more than her fair share of that, she asks her opinion.  She takes her advice.

    The firing was bogus.  The woman she finally locates is her sister.  And she has her own crisis when she thinks her sister is older than she is.  She loses faith in her father.  But that gets explained before the story is over.

    These are always slow paced mysteries with more action between the characters than the plot.  It makes them pleasant to read when you can pick up on a way of life a long way away from us.  I really enjoy this series.

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