Monday, March 26, 2012
The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
Someone is stealing sweets at the school; who could it be?
Anchor, a division of Random House, sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It will be published April 3rd, so grab a copy at your local bookstore then.
I love The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and just had to read this children's book about Precious Ramotswe's first case. Precious is a really fun character to read about, so I knew she had to be a charming child, too.
When a classmate's cake disappears before they get to recess time, they know someone has stolen it. No one saw any one around but the cake is gone. Precious is determined to find facts to support the theft even if others are quick to point at a shy fat boy who "must have done it".
The solution is believable and a bit silly; it's a cute story. Precious also gets an idea for the name of her future business from this case.
If you have read any of the adult books, seen it on TV, or are just meeting Precious, this book is fun way to start. You will learn some African words, too.