PositiveThe New York Journal of Books\"Elo’s first book was well received, and her second thriller lives up to expectations. It’s an entertaining, if sometimes grim, trip into the unknown territory of Siberia. It portrays the gulags of Russia past and present ... If the plot sometimes borders on the fantastic, the descriptions of the people and places ring true. The author is adamant in her Notes at the end that she is well aware some of the spy story is written to move the action along ... Readers can relax and enjoy a fast-moving romp through the shadows of Siberia in Finding Katarina M., learning about an area of the world that is strange, enticing, and also forbidding. As an introduction to a world that is part of the huge nation of Russia, the book lives up to the one of the book’s epigraphs, a quotation from Czar Peter the Great: \'Russia is the land where things that don’t happen, happen.\'\
Alexander McCall Smith
RaveNew York Journal of BooksFor fans of the series, the new book doesn’t disappoint ... Very different from the shoot ’em up, grand thrillers about tough men that are so popular these days, The Colors of All the Cattle and the other books in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series are quieter and slower. But they are in many ways more realistic and more satisfying than thrillers or even other \'cozy\' mysteries. The new book is an easy comfortable read that still manages to bother you with dilemmas and also delight you with clever conclusions. It provides an engaging trip into a world that is simpler and warmer than the one you leave behind. It is another romp in Precious Ramotswe’s \'beloved Botswana bush\' that fans of the series will not want to miss.