I really liked this one. I think it was as good or even better than the first in the series. The story is still, characteristically, warm and engaging, but the story line seems a bit more involved and the real-life problems of the region are also given some notice- lightly, but at least the author does recognize that everything is not peaches and roses.
Sixth in the very cozy No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series set in Botswana, Africa. Though this series is definitely not heavy on the mystery, I love it, and each visit to Precious Ramotswe's world always leaves me feeling refreshed and hopeful. In this episode, there are issues with an intruder hiding under Mma Ramotswe's bed, one of the apprentices at Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's garage quitting and getting involved with a rich older woman, Mma Ramotswe's first husband Note, a cruel and abusive jazz musician who has been away in Johannesburg, making a return visit to Gabarone, and Mma Makutsi taking dancing lessons. Enjoyable as always and hard to put down once you start one.
I have been reading this series the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and have enjoyed all of the books so far. There is just the right touch of humor and intrigue to keep you interested in the story. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
I love this whole series. Sweet, funny, charming. These are mysteries, but not dead-body mysteries, and there are typically a few under consideration at one time. The depictions of the characters and of Botswana are beautiful, as is the prose.
This is the best-written of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series, with the exception of the original. The other books felt like filler, but this one had lots of sub-plots and was very enjoyable to read. If you liked "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," be sure to read this sequel!
In this series, McCall Smith has created characters I really care about, and I love reading about their lives, their problems, and their triumphs. Mma Ramotswe's quiet goodness is refreshing, even when she faces up to a troublesome past.
In this latest, widely praised addition to the beloved No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the charming and ever-resourceful Precious Ramotswe finds herself faced with new challengesand intriguing surprises.
Precious is busier than usual at the detective agency when she discovers an intruder in her house on Zebra Driveand perhaps even more baffling--a pumpkin on her porch. Her associate, Mma Makutsi, also has a full plate. She's taken up dance lessons, only to be partnered with a man with two left feet. And at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is already overburdened with work, one of his apprentices has run off with a wealthy older woman. But what finally rattles Mma Ramotswes normally unshakable composure is a visitor who forces her to confront a difficult secret from her past.
This is number six in the series and Precious is happily married. However, her first husband shows up and tries to blackmail her. Also, Charlie, one of the apprentices, gets involved with a rich married woman and quits his job. They hire a new person, who also turns out to be a good detective. And last but not least, Grace gets a proposal for marriage!
I think this is the best of this Botswana-set series so far. Speedy Motors now has more customers than they can handle, and the detective agency is doing brisk business. Mma Ramotswe is frightened by an intruder in her home who manages to escape without her identifying him, and the next day a pumpkin is left on her porch. Charlie, the elder of the two apprentices, finds a sugar mama and resigns in a fit of pique. While investigating Charlie, Mma Ramotswe's van hits a man on a bicycle, and they end up hiring him to replace the apprentice. Mma Makutsi takes up ballroom dancing in hopes of meeting a man, but finds herself paired with a gentleman who has two left feet and a bad stutter. Then Mma Ramotswe's ex-husband Note Mokoti comes back to town, with a threat that endangers her happiness. This volume is more lively than the ones that have come before, with new characters and further development of the regulars. It's another pleasing addition to this cozy series.
I have truly enjoyed every book in this series to date. This one was especially good because of the conflict over her marriage that Precious had. Rather than running from the conflict and confusion she faced it and came out much better for it.
Another great story in this series. A couple of new characters introduced who appear to be staying. This series is so very interesting for many reasons. The African attitude about life, love, harmony and everyday things is grand. Smith seems to know the people and that makes it really good. Entertaining and definitely cozy. Good clean reading.
I every much enjoyed this book and I think it is one of my favorites of the series. I really enjoyed reading about the personal lives of the characters. Smith has such an easy way of writing that I just feel like they are friends. I found this book charming.
This whole series by Alexander Mccall Smith is such a joy to read. You realize fast exactly how many things we have is our lives and how we could be perfectly happy with a lot less. The Characters come to life and you will not want to wait for the next book.
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I loved the book as Precious continues on with her delightful story finding out she was never married to Note and being very worried that she still was. Somone hiding under her bed gets squashed when she lies down on it for a rest and someone leaves her a very nice pumpkin.
This is my favorite of the series so far. Every book has been a pleasure to read but this one made me chuckle more than once over the antics of the two lady detectives. These books are light and easy to read but still very interesting.
Lisette Lecat is the voice of McCall Smith's bestselling books about Mma. Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency of Botswana. In this installment, the detective agency is busy amid a number of distractions, including the return of Mma Ramotswe's former abusive husband. Lecat reads with the knowledgeable pacing of one who knows the material well. The main characters have the distinctive voices that listeners have come to expect, and she gives all the characters the lilt of Botswanans. Admittedly, she has more than the usual number of male characters to handle, and at least one of the newcomers sounds very much like one of the series leads, Mr. J.L.B. Matakone. But that's a minor criticism. Lecat will keep you entertained throughout. --Audiofile