Mma Ramotswe is a detective. That makes this a mystery novel, right?
She does, indeed, solve mysteries, but I don’t think they’re typical mystery-novel mysteries. There’s no single central question that she tries to answer, and I didn’t feel there was the suspense, twisting, turning, double-crossing, and danger that many mysteries have. I can’t say I’m especially well-read in this genre, but I’m not a complete stranger to it, either.
How would you categorize this book? Where would you shelve it in a bookstore? And how would you describe it to a friend?