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Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7)
Blue Shoes and Happiness - No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7
Author: Alexander Mccall Smith
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ISBN-13: 9780375422720
ISBN-10: 0375422722
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 132 ratings
Publisher: Pantheon
Book Type: Hardcover
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darcyjo avatar reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 79 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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!
Kmarie avatar reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 528 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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 is book is #7 in the series.
reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 300 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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?
MOMSBOOKS avatar reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 64 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
More from Precious Ramotswe and her marvelous detective agency. Precious is part social worker, part seer and part sensible-lady-next-door.
reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 347 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
As good as the previous stories. Mma Ramotswe lets the reader know that she gets tired of hearing about Mma Makutsi's "97% score" at secreterial college.
reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 43 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Wonderful characters. Mma Ramotswe is such a lovely soul, she warms my heart with her kindness and wisdom.
reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on
Helpful Score: 1
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.
Melody1959 avatar reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 59 more book reviews
Another wonderful and peaceful visit with my friends from Botswana.
reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on
Charming, chuckle-inducing, and sprinkled with wisdom. I love this series!
reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 3 more book reviews
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.
reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 28 more book reviews
Another enjoyable, quick read in the series.
reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 96 more book reviews
Another great book! I'm hooked!
reviewed Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 7) on + 20 more book reviews
Charming - but you knew that.