The Full Cupboard of Life is one of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, about a "traditionally built" and down-to-earth Botswanan detective who solves most of her cases through cleverness. I loved the first book, a charming, warm-hearted, unusual bit of writing.
The Full Cupboard of Life retained much of that charming speech and quiet observation, but the plot unfortunately lacked a lot. The central premise could have been quite interesting--Mma Ramotswe trying to decide if a rich lady's four suitors are sincere--but it gets very little screen time. She doesn't even make it to the third and fourth suitors. The other subplots aren't all that gripping either.
I still liked the descriptions of the land and the lifestyle, and would read more by Alexander McCall Smith.
My rating: 3