I really wanted to like this book as it offered a different view of Botswana, the country Alexander McCall Smith writes about. Here is where the similarities end. Unlike Mr Smith - who manages to tell a great story with very few characters - these authors kept introducing new characters and their machinations into the story and by the time I got less than halfway thru I was confused and tired. Not enough time was spent on the person who supposedly the main character - the police investigator - and too much spent on all these other characters and their business. Good premise, poor execution.