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In Austin, Texas, during this last legislative session, a law was passed protecting the rights of people to say "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Hannukah". That such a law is needed speaks volumes of where our culture has made a wrong turn. So yes, I applaud Gov. Palin for again speaking words of truth. It's just too bad that the Left is so afraid of Gov. Palin that they can't just leave her be. Whatever happened to freedom of speech...or freedom of anything?
Love this book. Takes courage to speak the truth in America any more. Truth...it's the new "hate speech".
It is often said, "What goes around, comes around." Or perhaps more succinctly and more personally, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." In this book, the 8th book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Series, McCall Smith concentrates on Work Ethics on the job. Many interesting events take place in this volume for followers of the series. We have two resignations, Mma Makutsi and Rra Charlie, the older mechanic apprentice; each for their own reasons. And, each returns for totally different reasons.
Both are welcomed back, despite the terms of their resignations. Each of these allowances for their returns are deeply embedded in the high ethical positions of both Mma Ramotswe and Rra J.L.B. Matekoni. Both run the most highly ethical types of lives and these high ethics extend also to their work and how they treat people in their work and outside their work. Ethics in work is perhaps even more important than ethics in the rest of life, as at work, there is a job to keep secure and a salary to earn that supports families, children, and spouses; if not others.
Perhaps the most interesting of all the ethical questions tackled by McCall Smith in this book is that of Medical Ethics. There is a case that comes into the Agency, involving the mysterious death of three people, who died in the same bed at the same time; each occurrence happening on a Friday. Surely this could be a coincidence, but the odds of such a coincidence must be astronomical.
It is Mma Ramotswe's job to investigate and evaluate whether there is something or someone responsible for these mysterious deaths, or whether the unusually odd statistical probability is just that, a coincidence. With her usual style, Mma investigates this situation with the assistance of her unusually acute sense of awareness. She looks for something different, particularly at that time on Fridays. She does in fact find just such a difference. It turns out, that the Assistant Administrator is aware of this situation, but he had been the one to call in Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
That decision was one of ethics. Despite the Administrator's awareness of the reason, he wanted an outside agent to write a report indicating that there was nothing amiss in these deaths. When it turns out, that the one responsible for the mysterious occurrence is not aware whatsoever of what she had caused, it was left to Mma Ramotswe to decide what would be the ethical thing to do. All those who lost their lives had been old, with no dependent relatives and they had been very, very sick. Mma decides that the protection of the inadvertent perpetrator's sense of ethical propriety is the most ethically correct position to take. She therefore agrees with the Administrator to indicate that there is nothing unusual about the incident and to let it end right there.
This volume is particularly fine in the series. By this the eighth book in the series, there is considerable character development and readers of all 8 books understand and know the ways of the characters that appear in the series. Because of this situation, McCall Smith is able to play on their past behaviors to work out some very tricky and sticky Work Ethics problems and considerations. The book is recommended to all readers interested in ethical behavior and all readers of McCall Smith books who want to read perhaps the very best of the series since the first book.