"There is a Dr. Leakey there. He is a very famous doctor of bones."
"Doctor of bones?" Mma Ramotwe was puzzled.
"Yes," said Mma Makutsi. "He knows all about very old bones.
She held up a picture, printed across two pages.
"Is that Dr. Leakey?"
Mma Makutsi nodded. "Yes, Mma,"she said, "that is him. He is holding a skull which belonged to a very early person. This person lived a long time ago and is very late."
Grace Makutsi is the extremely competent secretary and assistant detective of the No.1.Ladies Detective Agency. Her face is adorned with extraordinary large glasses, she is equipped with a certificate from the Botswana Secretarial College endorsing her 97 percent in the final examination and she loves shoes. She lends another subtle shade of humor to this most delightful series by another one of my favorite authors, Alexander McCall Smith.
So much as I loved the main character Mma Ramotswe, the No.1 Lady Detective in the Agency, I enjoyed the character of Grace even better. Plus something about her love for shoes resonated in me. Sigh.
That and her absolute random logic. Like when she helped the apprentices of the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors get a customer's car working, with an easy jump start, an impressed Mma Ramotswe asks:
"Do you know much about cars?
"Not very much," answered Mma Makutsi. "But I am good with typewriters, and one machine is very much like another don't you think?"