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Tears of the Giraffe is the second book in the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Mma Ramotswe and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni are still engaged, but no wedding date has been set, although Mma Ramotswe finally has an engagement ring.

However, life is no longer simple for the delightful couple. Mr J.L.B Matekoni's maid is scheming to destroy his engagement, for fear that Mma Ramotswe will interfere with her selfish plans. Mr J.L.B Matekoni is no match for the persuasive charms of Mma Potokwane, the matron of the orphan farm, and (much to his shock) becomes the caretaker of a brother and sister from the farm (without first consulting Mma Ramotswe). Motholeli and Puso quickly adjust to life with a family, and Mma Ramotswe, while surprised, finds herself and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni doting on the children.

The No.1. Ladies' Detective Agency is also quite busy. An American woman brings them an intriguing case involving a long-missing son, which takes Mma Ramotswe out into the remote bush of Botswana and to the bustling city of Johannesburg, South Africa, in search of the truth.

Mma Makutsi has grown restless with her position of secretary at the agency, so Mma Ramotswe promotes her to assistant detective. Her first case involves tracking down a wayward wife, and Mma Makutsi handles this task with flying colors.

This book is equally as well-written as The No.1. Ladies' Detective Agency, and expands upon the characters introduced in the first novel.

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