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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party Book Review

Updated on March 7, 2013

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith is the 12th installment of the series entitled The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. The great thing about these books is that you don’t have to read them in order. The author fills you in on the characters and the main thing to remember is the wonderful cast of characters that appear in each book.

You have the main character a rotund woman named Precious Ramotswe who has her own Detective Agency in Botswana. Next is her husband J.L.B. Matekoni who owns his own car shop , and Precious’s assistant Grace Makutsi who can type 90 words a minute and is very proud to have graduated from Botswana Secretarial college.

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party is another entertaining story from the great Alexander McCall Smith. This book is in the mystery field, but it really a story about character. Each book takes the reader to the town of Botswana where we meet up with some unforgettable characters.

The story begins with Precious seeing her beloved van which she thought had ended up in a junkyard, but somehow it miraculously appears around town. Is it a figment of Ramotswe’s imagination or is the van really still running?

Precious and Grace get involved with a young mechanic from J.L.B. Matekoni’s garage who may or may not have gotten a girl in trouble. In this part of the story we see how Precious and Grace differ in their personalities and why this may make them a great team. Precious believes in the gentle approach to a problem and helping a person realizes just what they need to do and make it seem like their idea. Grace on the other hand is a in your face drill sergeant who lacks finesse. She is well meaning but comes on a little too strong at times. We also see how wise Matekoni is when dealing with this young man. He realizes that he still has a lot to learn and mistakes will have to be made before he has learned a valuable lesson.

The mystery in the story comes in the form of cattle. Someone has attacked a rancher’s cattle, but just who it is turns out to be very complicated. In this case the answer may never be clear, but it doesn’t really matter because somehow things get resolved anyway.

Africa is nothing like Mayberry, but I find myself feeling that way and I guess it is because of the characterizations in the book. All of the characters are loveable and they live in a quiet little town where everyone knows everyone else. Small towns may be the same no matter what part of the world you live in.I think every reader would like to live in a place like this.

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party is all about the journey along the way. In this case you meet unforgettable characters who have you wanting to read more. Everyone should give these books a try the series is very addictive and will have you going to your library or book store to enter into the world where morals still exist, where there are people who genuinely care for one another, and where you will find wisdom and humor, and a little bit of mystery all bound together in unforgettable books. The Big Tent Wedding Party will take you into the lives of Precious, her husband, and her assistant. You will be entertained and find the story will bring a smile or two. When a book can do that you know you didn’t waste your time reading it and that is its greatest reward.


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