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 Still engaged to the estimable Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe understands that she should not put too much pressure on him, as he has other concerns, especially a hair-raising request from the ever persuasive Mma Potokwane, matron of the orphan farm. Besides Mma Ramotswe herself has weighty matters on her mind. She has been approached by a wea... more »lthy lady to check up on several suitors. Are these men interested in the lady or just her money? This may be a difficult case, but it's just the kind of problem Mma Ramotswe likes and she is, as we know, a very intuitive lady.« less
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.