Another quiet, comfortable, everyday story about Botswana life as experienced by Presious Ramotswe. Smith has a knack for presenting the quaint and best side village life. This, like the other books about Precious, is a thoroughly enjoytable story. In reality Botswana is today a desperately impoverished country viciously attacked by AIDs and other terrible problems. As far as I know the author never addresses those problems. Instead he presents an idealized picture of an unsophisticated and generally happy group of carefully drawn African characters living their lives in a backward version of an Africa without blood and grief and other bad things. On a scale of 1 to 10 this novel gets an eight.