Rippey Library News

August 30, 2008

Do you enjoy a good mystery?  Something that isn't bloody and gory, and also has a value message.  The central character in this series is about a woman who is strong in mind and character.   Mary Weaver has donated a series of 9 books written by Alexander McCall Smith.  The central character is Mma Precious Ramotswe. She is the business woman and owner of her own private detective agency located in Botswana, Africa.
I suspect you are now thinking this is too far-fetched for me, but take heart and keep reading.  Mma is drawn to the detective business to "help people" with the problems in their lives.  Immediately upon opening her business she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncovers a con man, and follows a wayward daughter.   The story includes an eleven year old boy that has gone missing, and may have been snatched by witch doctors.   Each mystery she unravels to assist her clients, teaches or reinforces important values.   They are thin books, about 230 pages, and while the characters go from book to book, they actually do not have to be read in sequence.   The first one, "the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency" is followed by "Tears of the Giraffe".   The series includes additional characters, including a secretary, a suitor of Precious, and the matron of a local orphanage.   All very interesting people that you want to learn more about after being introduced to them in the beginning pages.
These are being donated in memory of two former strong minded, strong in character, Rippey women, Mary Von Behren and Susan Emmett, both who left their life mark on the donor and other persons within our community.   Stop in and check out these books from the Rippey Library and think of Mary and Susan as you read the adventures of Precious Ramotswe.