Alexander McCall Smith – The Colors of All the Cattle

Precious Ramotswe dips her toe into the world of politics in the newest addition to the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the city council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded.

Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to promise anything beyond what she can deliver – hence her slogan: “I can’t promise anything – but I shall do my best.”

To everyone’s surprise, she wins. As it turns out, politics does not agree with Mma Ramotswe. Though everyone is supportive, she eventually resigns. She thinks there will be a new election, but she discovers the rules state that in such an event, the runner-up automatically takes the seat. Violet is triumphant and sure she will get the Big Fun Hotel planning application through without a hitch.

But Mma Makutsi and Mma Potokwane are not about to make it easy for her. Through it all, Mma Ramotswe uses her good humor and generosity of spirit to help the community navigate divisive issues and proves that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Narrator: Lisette Lecat
Duration: 9 hours 36 minutes
Released: 18 Jun 2011
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

prelude delicate

This is the nineteenth book in this series and could easily stand alone, but reading them in order will give the reader a better understanding of the depths of the characters and some of the nuanced humor that comes from knowing a character’s predilections and prejudices. There is a case to be solved, an election to be won, the reflection of philosophy, and the growth of characters to be appreciated. Beautifully written in simple, eloquent language. This series can be summed up in one word: Humane.