The Colors of All the Cattle

The Colors of All the Cattle

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When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to promise anything beyond what she can deliver--hence her slogan: "I can't promise anything--but I shall do my best." To everyone's surprise, she wins. As it turns out, politics does not agree with Mma Ramotswe. Though everyone is supportive, she eventually resigns. She thinks there will be a new election, but she discovers that the rules state that in such an event, the runner-up automatically takes the seat. Violet is triumphant, and sure that she will get the Big Fun Hotel planning application through without a hitch. But Mma Makutsi and Mma Potokwane are not about to make it easy for her. Through it all, Mma Ramotswe uses her good humor and generosity of spirit to help the community navigate divisive issues, and proves that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.--
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781524747800
1524747807
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MCCALL 2018
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 25 cm

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Mar 10, 2019

I think this latest book is one of the best ones in the whole series. Of course, all series should be read in order for maximum enjoyment and to see the characters develop over time, but this book was really good!

The primary story involves community worry that a corrupt real estate developer wants to build The Big Fun Hotel (its real name) next to a graveyard. People are horrified that there will be people having loud parties next to the graveyard. It looks like a done deal because the developer has paid off several members of the local council that has to vote on approving the hotel.

But there is one vacancy on the council, and Mma Potokwane (the lady who runs the orphan farm) thinks Mma Ramotswe should run for that council seat. It is the last thing Mma Ramotswe wants to do. But Violet Sephotho is the only other candidate who has filed, and she would be a disaster! So Mma Ramotswe runs, with a most unorthodox campaign. Her interview with the local newspaper is priceless. (This is all a fairy tale, but I loved it anyway!)

This book also shows major character development of Charlie, one of the apprentices to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. In earlier books, he has seemed very immature and useless, but he is finally growing up.

I enjoyed this book very much!

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