Tears of the Giraffe picks up where The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency left off. Mma Ramotswe has just agreed to marry Rra Matekoni. Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is a plain, good man who is an auto mechanic. That is one thing I love about his character in particular. My father is also a mechanic who can tell what is wrong just with the sound a motor makes. In this second book in the series, Mma Ramotswe has to track a sneaky wife and find an American who disappeared ten years ago all while having an relationship with her fiancee. Mr Smith's books are easy to read and do not take a lot of thinking. I enjoy the old fashioned manners and the pace of life in this series. I am able to read them and am able to escape every day life for just a few hours and then able to come back to reality feeling refreshed in a way. I highly recommend this series.