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The Full Cupboard of Life (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Bk 5)
The Full Cupboard of Life - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Bk 5
Author: Alexander Mccall Smith
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ISBN-13: 9781400031818
ISBN-10: 1400031818
Publication Date: 1/25/2004
Pages: 224
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 247 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
I dearly love Mma Ramotswe and her friends and family. This series is one of the real joys of reading.

One bit of free advice: If you can, get at least one of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series on tape or CD and listen to it. The rhythm of the language--even in English--and the pronunciation of the names are fascinating and add to the enjoyment. (After all, how do you really pronounce "Mma"? You'd never guess it right by yourself.)
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Helpful Score: 3
I really love this whole series. Precious Mamotswe is a wonderful character, very calm and methodical. Like Jane Marple, she uses her knowledge of people and intuition to solve the mystery.
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Helpful Score: 3
I love this book. I have read, re-read it, and will probably do so again. The premise is interesting, the characters are so well done that I feel as though they are friends. I am also drawn to the authors' description of Africa. He obviously loves it, and draws you into his love. I look forward to more in this series, as well as trying out some of his other series as well.
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Helpful Score: 2
You will love this series, yes you need to start with book one.
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Helpful Score: 1
I love reading this series of books...getting to know each character better, learning more about their past, families, people. And I love reading about Botswana and it's culture, especially the old customs and manners and morality. For this book number 5, I won't tell you about the cases Precious investigates, but I will say that Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is duped into doing a parachute jump for publicity by the bossy Mma Potokwane, matron of the orphan farm. He never seems to be able to tell her "no" but Precious finds a way to get someone else to take his place. In the end, he takes a different big jump, by finally getting married!
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Helpful Score: 1
Precious solves several problems, gives advice that is unheeded, and has several surprises. I love the common sense solutions and the insight into human nature that is expressed in Smith's book.
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Helpful Score: 1
I have really enjoyed this book series, and this one was no disappointment.
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These books have such an easy flow of languague and action. I often wonder if the Gabornian people are so polite to each other like it is depicted. I love the way they talk to one another. I did not find the storylines in this book as intriguing as some of the others but I did like the happenings at the end.
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First in the series of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Delightful, light read. I enjoyed hearing the bits on Botswanna culture. Now I must go find that cup of bush tea!
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great book
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Absolutely wonderful --- yet another delightful story. Can't wait for the next one!
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I've enjoyed this series quite a bit, but have to say this one was a little disappointing. I didn't think the characters were as well developed and nothing new or interesting emerged in their lives.
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I love the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. This book does not disappoint! Mma Ramotswe is one of my favorite literary characters.
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Another just wonderful book by Mr. Smith.
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Enjoy this series.
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As with the other books in the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series, this book isn't as good as the original. The descriptions of Africa are still wonderful, and the bits of local flavor injected through language choices and food are nice, but the plot is a little bit thin. There's only one "case" being investigated by the agency, and it is only lightly explored. If you want a mystery, this isn't your book. But, if you want to sip a cup of bush and tea and spend a few hours hanging out with Mme. Ramotswe, this book is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
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Another great cozy reader with Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency this time checking on the intentions of four suitors of a wealthy hairdresser!! It is filled with gentle humor as well as virtuous philosophy!
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A terribly engaging book - I find myself impatient for the next Botswana book released by Alexander McCall Smith
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This 5th book of the series really has no mystery to it whatsoever, but it is still a charming cozy armchair trip to Botswana. Mma Ramotswe has been asked to look into 4 suitors of a middle-aged rich woman, to find out if they want to marry her only for her money. JLB Matekoni has been coerced by orphanage matron Mma Potokwane to do a parachute jump for charity, and he has also discovered that a rival garage has been cheating its customers with shoddy work. Mma Ramotswe is also starting to become restless as JLB has not yet set a date for their wedding and doesn't seem inclined to work on it. Mma Makutsi is now earning enough money to move to a better house. Life in Gaborone goes on at its leisurely pace, and is as delightful as ever.
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Fifth in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency...as fun as all the others. I love the way McCall Smith views the world.
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Another installment of Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful series about the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency in Botswana. The countryside is lovingly described, the characters are warm and quirky, and the dilemmas are engaging. It is a pleasant read.
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Entertaining easy reading cleverly written, lighthearted and good at capturing some of the spirit of Africa.
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I love all of the No1 Ladies Detective Agency books. This is no exception.
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Precious Ramotswe never fails to please!
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THIS BOOK WAS ENTERTAINING AND A FUN TRIP INTO PRECIOUS' LIFE IN BOTSWANA. IT WAS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES. JUST FUN, RELAXING READING . IT MOVES AT A LEISURELY PACE, MUCH THE SAME AS THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES. IF YOU ARE CAPTIVATED BY THE STYLE AND STORY OF THE CHARACTERS IN THIS SERIES , YOU WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK, TOO.
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Another great book in the series. The mystery is light and fun and the characters become more charming and memorable. I enjoy this series a lot.
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I really like all of these #1 Ladies' Detective novels. I don't know anything about Africa besides what I see in the news and these books seem to show a little slice of everyday life. I like how low-key the stories are too. The characters are all so lovable.
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I keep reading this series for its warmth, compassion, and humanity. Mma Ramotswe and her friends are just such a delight! They're good people living unremarkable lives, people who love their land and try to maintain its values and traditions in the face of change. Not profound, but memorable and relaxing.
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Another enjoyable entry in the series
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This is so much fun to read!!!!
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Another lovely entry in this charming series. Mma Ramotswe is one of my favorite protagonists of all time.
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Precious Ramotswe is the Miss Marple of Botswana. "These are among the best, most charming, honest, hilarious, and life-affirming books to appear in years." The Plain Dealer
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Beautiful book, makes me long for a slower, more thoughtfully paced life. Brings modern day Africa to life.
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Another episode in this delightful series.
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This book is up-beat and funny. It's one of those books with characters who come alive. Life lessons are intertwined with the story. It's very light reading and enjoyable. I have read three in the series so far and each one is just as good.
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I adore this series!!!!! I feel like I'm a better person for reading these and that the world is a bit brighter. Gentle books full of kindly people, each book in this wonderful series is wonderful.
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this entire series (The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency) is great!
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Another great story by Smith, this series is such a joy to read. Learning about Botswana and its' people has been great fun. There is historical fact as well as fiction, all mixed together in a great series. The African outlook on life is fun and interesting.
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An excellent series - good plot, fine characterization
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Full of old fashioned charm....ya gotta love Mma Ramotswe, who calls her overweight form "traditionally built". I have enjoyed all of these books.
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The #1 Ladies Detective Agency is set in Botswana, where Mma Ramotswe has opened the first woman owned detective agency. It is knowing human nature that allows Mma Ramotswe to solve her cases. This is a down to earth book, that allows you to think you could actually do the same thing she is doing. Very believable characters. I have enjoyed each of the books in the seies so far.
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Love the whole series!
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A nice book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.
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Grab a cuppa of bush tea and join Precious in another tale. The lady who runs the children's home asks the mechanic to jump out of an airplane for a fund raiser for the orphanage. Wil he do it? Will he also take the leap and marry Precious?
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Loved this book. Precious Ramotswe is as good as she was in Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency and Tears of the Giraffe.
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Just as good as all the others in this charming series.
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Every book in this series is a gem. I love them all.
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great characters as usual, I am getting a little less enthusiatic about the series after reading five however.
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Returning to the world of Mma Ramotswe in Botswana, I reveled in her investigations and empathized with her frustration with her long engagement to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. Having recovered from his depression, he finds himself coerced into jumping from a plane to earn money for the orphanage. His fears grow until he begins thinking about his will since he is certain the jump will be his last act in life. All this has been orchestrated by Mma Potokwane, matron in charge of the orphanage. It is Mma Ramotswe's efforts that help him through this dilemma yet he still is unable to commit to a wedding date. Mme. Ramotswe is engaged to investigate four men who want to marry a famously rich lady. She is afraid many of them only want her money but Mme. Ramotswe loves this kind of case where she can discern the truth with her intuition. A fun, relaxing read indeed.
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Another great book in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Precious helps a woman out who's trying to decide which man to marry, and her life takes a new turn with Mr. J.L.B Matekoni, her fiance.
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excellent book. you can't go wrong
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Terrific! Like all the other books in the series!
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Easy read
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Great book!
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Love all these books.
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From Publishers Weekly
Precious Ramotswe is on the case again in this delightful fifth installment in the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, this time assisting the self-made founder of a chain of hairdressing salons who wants to unearth the real intentions of her four suitors, each possibly more interested in her money than her heart. As fans know, though, sleuthing takes second place to folksy storytelling in McCall Smith's wry novels. This time around, Mma Ramotswe is distracted by her long-prolonged engagement to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Gaborone's best mechanic; it seems she will never be married, despite her fiancé's honorable intentions. He installs an extra large seatbelt in her car to keep her safe (she is quite comfortable with her "traditional build," despite the new, slender fashion of modern woman), but an altercation with another mechanic and the prospect of a charity parachute jump keep his mind off matrimony. A drive for decency motivates Mma Ramotswe and her friends-among them Mma Potokwani, the imperious matron of the local orphan farm, and Mma Makutsi, assistant at the Ladies' Detective Agency and founder of the Kalahari Typing School for Men-and Smith's talent is in portraying this moral code in a manner that is always engaging. As readers will appreciate, Mma Ramotswe solves her cases-more questions of character, really, than of criminal behavior-in good time. Traditionally built ladies living in the African heat don't tend to hurry, and, at the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, there's always time for another cup of tea.
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Comes from an non smoking home.
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From Publishers Weekly
Precious Ramotswe is on the case again in this delightful fifth installment in the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, this time assisting the self-made founder of a chain of hairdressing salons who wants to unearth the real intentions of her four suitors, each possibly more interested in her money than her heart. As fans know, though, sleuthing takes second place to folksy storytelling in McCall Smith's wry novels. This time around, Mma Ramotswe is distracted by her long-prolonged engagement to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Gaborone's best mechanic; it seems she will never be married, despite her fiancé's honorable intentions. He installs an extra large seatbelt in her car to keep her safe (she is quite comfortable with her "traditional build," despite the new, slender fashion of modern woman), but an altercation with another mechanic and the prospect of a charity parachute jump keep his mind off matrimony. A drive for decency motivates Mma Ramotswe and her friends-among them Mma Potokwani, the imperious matron of the local orphan farm, and Mma Makutsi, assistant at the Ladies' Detective Agency and founder of the Kalahari Typing School for Men-and Smith's talent is in portraying this moral code in a manner that is always engaging. As readers will appreciate, Mma Ramotswe solves her cases-more questions of character, really, than of criminal behavior-in good time. Traditionally built ladies living in the African heat don't tend to hurry, and, at the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, there's always time for another cup of tea.