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Aug 06, 2019steveslake rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
I have greatly enjoyed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books over the years and this was in large measure due to the characters McCall-Smith created and developed in this series. He also had a very keen sense of place: Botswana and the Kalahari. So I was very disappointed in the blandness of this new venture. Ulf Varg and his co-workers are neither interesting or evoctive. The setting is sterile and could have been anywhere. This author has for years shown that a slow pace and lack of fireworks are not necessary to good story telling. Unfortunately this one misses the mark.