Precious and the Zebra Necklace is the fourth book in the Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Cases series. However, it can be easily read as a standalone. We enter a world of the young 9-year-old Precious Ramotswe, before she becomes the detective that we know and love. I really enjoyed this book, and as all of Alexander McCall Smith’s books, it left a warm feeling in my soul after I finished it.
At the age of 9, Precious has already solved a few cases, but this new one is very intriguing. A new girl arrives at school and sits next to Precious. Before the end of the day, they become best friends. Just like her, Nancy has no mother. All she has left of her mother is a beautiful Zebra necklace and a photo. This is where their adventure starts, as Precious starts investigating. They try to find a remote village, but instead end up lost in the jungle, and danger starts to loom.
My Thoughts of Precious and the Zebra Necklace:
I listened to the audiobook and it was a short, but very exciting experience. I have recently found that I do love listening to audiobooks, and really enjoy them. But they have to fall into a specific genre, and I think this book matched that part. Even though I couldn’t see the illustrations, the narrator let me into this amazing world and it felt as if I was there, together with Precious and Nancy, solving the mystery. The writing was beautiful, but I didn’t expect anything less from Alexander McCall Smith anyways. I love the original Mrs Ramotswe books, and this one fit perfectly into the whole atmosphere.