The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine

“Mma Ramotswe remembered exactly how it was that the subject of taking a holiday arose. It was Mma Makutsi who started the discussion, with one of her inconsequential observations – those remarks she made a propos of nothing – remarks that had little to do with what had gone before.”

The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine
By Alexander McCall Smith

After years of handling so many cases, Precious Ramotswe, the owner of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, is finally going to take a vacation. She didn’t think she needed one and doesn’t even realize how she came about to accept such an idea but it seems that everyone agreed it was time she take one.

Leaving the agency in the competent hands of Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe decides she’ll try to relax at home and try not to get drawn into the agency’s business but after just a couple of days she thinks she’s done all she can do around the house and town and thankfully Mr. Polopetsi, their part-time non paid assistant investigator, has come to seek her help with a case.

How will Mma Ramotswe handle this special case without upsetting her Mma Makutsi and her friend Mma Potokwane, who may be hurt by the findings of the case? If there is one thing she knows how to do is handle such special cases so with the best intentions and her calm presence Mma Ramotswe begins her investigation.

If you’ve read the books in this series you know these mysteries are light and are mostly focused on the characters and the special place that Botswana seems to be. There are quirky characters and there always seems to be a gentleness about these books. Mma Ramotswe does encounter sad situations, such as the case in this installment of Samuel the child who is watching parked cars, but there always seems to be some glimmer of hope at the end of the stories and when you close the last page you know all will be well.

Source: Library copy

Lock The Door

“The doctor said to treat him like any other child. Easy for her to say. Some nights I feel like he’s made of glass, especially when I undress and bathe him before bed. As though he might shatter at any minute. Seven months old this Saturday.”

Lock The Door
By Jane Holland

Every feeding, outing and moment of baby Harry’s life is carefully planned since finding out that he has a medical condition that makes him susceptible to infections which can be deadly. For Meghan and Jon this means their relationship has endured a lot of stress but for one evening everything finally seems to be going well as they celebrate their anniversary with their friends.

While baby Harry is sleeping in his bedroom the couples are enjoying the evening, drinking and being in the garden not in the least worried about Harry until the parents find out that Harry is no longer in his crib and has disappeared.

Meghan is scared an angry and she knows that every minute Harry is away could be life or death for him. The police question the parents and friends but there are few clues. The police fear that this is a case of a serial kidnapper.

There is tension right from the start in wanting to know what is wrong with Harry to being suspicious of almost every character in the book. I especially liked the parts where Meghan feels like she sees Harry and almost questions her sanity. I can imagine how that could happen in such a stressful situation.

This was an easy read but don’t feel like you’ll be in for a complex mystery. There was a good buildup of suspense especially towards the end but I didn’t buy the “why”. I thought the explanation was a bit too far-fetched.

Source: Advance review copy

In The Studio

The weather was perfect this weekend for just staying indoors and tackling some projects. It wasn’t too cold but gray, foggy and sometimes rainy. So I decided to finally get my studio in order. Throughout the past year I’ve organized here and there but I think a lot of times that just meant clearing off my craft tables and not really doing a deep purge.

A couple of weeks ago I decided enough of the chaos.  I can’t find supplies, I forget about crafty items I’ve bought, etc. So I’ve been making some changes and organizing. To that end, I bought this great washi tape organizer. This organizer holds up to 160 washi tapes. I joked with my husband that I still have the entire bottom tray free so that means I need to buy more. Haha…

I’ve filed away my stencils and stickers. Now I need to put away papers, and I also want to get rid of magazines that I don’t need anymore. Oh so much more to do. I don’t think I’ll be done with this project for a while but at least I really do feel like I’m making progress even if my studio/library is a bit of mess right now.

Aside from that this weekend I’ve made more progress in The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine but I’ve been tempted by the latest issue of World Literature Today which arrived in my mailbox this weekend. What have you been reading today?