Alexander McCall Smith’s new novel The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, is the latest work in his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. It is the eighth tale about African agents, yet still has the elements of a McCall Smith story: the crimes are set up simply, and leave one lingering as they crave more clues.
Fans of McCall Smith’s work have said they enjoy the books because they are entertaining reads, and they can, at times, present truthful, ethical dilemmas, such as in this particular work: issues on fidelity.
As detective J.L. B. Matekoni caters a client with a straying husband, he wonders if his wife will later be unfaithful to him, or if he is good and exciting enough a husband for her.
The setting and characters in this series, fans say, create a warmth that leave them yearning for more. This eighth installment finishes at 224 pages. Pantheon is the publisher.