Friday, February 27, 2015

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith ****

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith is the 15th book in the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. By now Mma Makutsi has risen from secretary to junior partner. Mma Ramotswe continues as the ever positive and optimistic observer of life in Botswana.
Botswana was a good place-it always had been-and Mma Ramotswe knew that she would fight to keep it that way.
In this latest installment, we have cases of amnesia, spousal abuse, a car accident, a layoff, and the title event where Mma Makutsi opens a restaurant.
This is another cozy mystery that will not disappoint nor surprise the many readers of this series.
Novels all have settings, characters, and plots, but these carry various weights.

For example much science-fiction emphasizes setting, aka world-building, where the first thought of readers is the planet and society … Dune, DiscWorld, Lord of the Rings, jump to mind here.

Mysteries with their McGuffins, Red Herrings, Plot Twists, and Reveals tend to showcase plotting.

Cozies and other series, such as the current book, tend to rest on characters, often static characters, who become familiar and comfortable for the appreciative readers.
This book falls into this third category.

Great novels are the one that achieve a balance among the three.

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