I love the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. You cannot beat the series for a mystery with a change of pace from the usual whodunnit. The pace of life, and different attitudes makes for a book that can transport you to a different place.
Having said that, while this was a very entertaining book, I found it fell just slightly short of previous books in the series. Not that I think that anyone reading this book in isolation would notice, but there were some earlier themes I expected to be continued in this book, which were not. For example, very little mention was made of the orphaned brother and sister that Precious Ramotswe and her husband adopted.
Not that there is usually a major crime to solve in these books, but there was one "whodunnit" that I guessed very early on, largely due to the blurb on the back of the book. That's a bit of a shame!
Overall, though, this was every bit as enjoyable as the rest of the series.
This is the latest in the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series, and as much fun as all the other books! The series is a look into a culture that many of us will never see, with a wise and charming "traditional" African lady. Fun for mystery fans, and fun for anyone who likes smart women as well!
This series is delightful! And though you can pick up any book and read it alone, it is so much better to start at the beginning (#1 Ladies' Detective Agency). This one features a lot of Mma Makutsi, whom I happen to like a lot. I don't want to give anything away, just know that this latest installation is lots of fun!
This story takes place in Botswana. A cobra has been found in Precious Ramotswe's office, faulty blood pressure readings are discovered in a local medicl office. There's a new advice columnist with rather curt advice. Do Mma Makutsi"s fahionable new blue shoes buy her happiness?
Pam M. (whodunnit) reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on
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It's always a happy surprise to see a new book in this series. It is the characters and the Botswana setting which make them so appealing. The main character is Precious Rotswama, an independent lady with a fondness for bush tea, an admiration for cattle, and a faith in her own small country. She has a keen understanding of human nature, and it is this which allows her to resolve the dilemmas her clients bring.
In this volume, her assistant, Grace Makutsi, is irresistably drawn to a pair of blue shoes. Perhaps her obsession results from seeing pretty and fashionable classmates being offered good jobs, while she, plain but with the highest marks, was passed over. The shoes turn out to be impractical and ill-fitting, and do not in the end provide the happiness Grace was anticipating.
The Ladies Detective Agency shares space with the auto repair shop of her new husband, Mr. J.L.B. Maketoni, along with his lackluster young apprentices. They always figure in each of the books.
There is now a new (and older) employee, falsely accused of misdeeds at a former job, who has been given a chance at Speedy Motors. He sometimes helps Precious when he has no repair jobs, and is anxious to take on detective cases. There is the woman in charge of the children's orphanage, an unstoppable force who inveigles Mr. J.L.B. Maketoni into spending hours repairing their ancient machinery. There are the two adopted children of Precious and Mr. J.L.B Maketoni.
Part of the delight of these books is seeing the familiar minor characters reappear.
This is the 7th book of a 10 book series. There is only one detective agency in this community and it is owned and managed by a lady and her assistant. The assistant loves and listens to what her shoes have to say. She bought a beautiful pair of blue shoes which were much to tight; hence the name of the book. There is always a new case and it is always solved. No great big mystery, more like large problems, but interesting enough to hold my interest.
It is interesting to learn of the culture and the "traditional" woman that runs this agency. Very easy reading and I am looking forward to book 8.
Once again I returned to Botswana and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. The issues in this mystery are blackmail, drug fraud, weight loss and happiness - strange mixture indeed but Smith weaves it all together to make a warm, humorous story. Precious Ramotswe's intent to lose weight is an all too human effort. At the same time she pursues the identity of a blackmailer and searches out a case of drug fraud perhaps perpetuated by a physician. And happiness comes from the purchase of a beautiful blue shoes too small for the buyer and an expensive leather chair comfortable enough for its owner. There is something about these little mysteries that I find so relaxing and enjoyable.
This was not my favorite of the series because not a lot happened to the characters. I seem to get more involved when the characters go through changes. Somehow Smith weaves the detective cases into these character changes and that is what I like about his books.
Yet another comfortable cozy in the popular series. Mma Ramotswe has a few cases to deal with - the cook whose boss is stealing food from the government for her greedy husband, the town where something odd and frightening is going on that no one will talk about, the nurse whose doctor employer seems to be cheating his patients but she is not sure how. On top of that, Mma Makutsi seems to have scared off her fiance by admitting to him that she is a feminist, their newest employee and aspiring assistant detective Mr. Polopetsi is struggling financially, and Mma Ramotswe is having difficulty with her diet. It's all part of the easy-going life in Gaborone, Botswana that readers have come to know and love.
I especially like listening to this series on CD. The narrator adds so much to the story because of her charming accent used in the telling. It creates a better sense of who the characters are and the setting the story takes place in.
As with all the books in the series, I loved this one too. Unfortunatley, it reads like it may be the last of the series - that would be a real shame. I like to escape to Botswana for an easy read, a good adventure, and to visit with old friends at the #1 Ladies Detective Agency.
Anne-Marie R. reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on
This is a relaxing read. It is not my favorite of the Ladies Detective Agency series, but it has the familiar feel and characters of the series. I would not suggest this unless reader was a fan of the series. The earlier books have richer plots.
Susan L. (Suzieleigh) reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on
In this latest installment there is considerable excitement at The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. A cobra has been found in Precious Ramotswes office. Then a nurse from a local medical clinic reveals that faulty bloodpressure readings are being recorded there. And Botswana has a new advice columnist, Aunty Emang, whose advice is rather curt for Mma Ramotswes taste.
All this means a lot of work for our heroine and her inestimable assistant, Grace Makutsi, and they are, of course, up to the challenge. And while Mma Makutsi may be able to buy that fashionably narrow (and uncomfortable) pair of blue shoes, it may not buy her the happiness that Mma Ramotswe promises her shell find in the simpler thingsin contentment with the world and enough tea to smooth over the occasional bumps in the road.