The Maid sees Mma Ramotswe visiting the house of the mechanic she has agreed to marry, Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. But there is a shock in store for her... Back at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, there is the mystery of the erratic doctor to look into, and a ‘cold case’ involving an American who went missing from a communal farm. 'Tears of the Giraffe' finds Mma Ramotswe happy with her flourishing detective agency and gentlemanly fiancé.
The Kalahari Typing School for Men opens with bad news for Mma Ramotswe – her agency has competition in the form of the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency, run by a man. Mma Makutsi has entrepreneurial ambitions too, and has conceived the idea of teaching an evening class where men could learn to type. The Admirer sees Mma Ramotswe commissioned by a physiotherapist to find out what her errant husband is up to.