Handling a busy case load at The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and contending with an intruder in her home, Mma Ramotswe has plenty on her mind. So when her unfortunate past returns to haunt her, she is happy her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, is distracted as well. It seems one of his apprentices at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors has raced off with an older, wealthy woman.
This is a very nice book, something you could safely reccomend to your maiden aunt. Everyone is very polite, no blood is shed, and everything ends happily. It makes for a pleasant, undemanding, read. This is not great literature, but it whiles away a lazy afternoon. Three stars.
Precious Ramotswe is now married to Mr J.L.B. Maketoni of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and both of their businesses are doing very well. There are some small cases for the ladies to solve along the way but this book is more about the central characters and what is going on with their lives. Precious Ramotswe has a collision in her white van with a man on a bicycle and this brings a new friend into all their lives; Precious also has a very unwanted visitor from her past who has to be dealt with in her own special way. Meanwhile Mma Makutsi (she is my favourite character) has a spectacular row with Charlie, the apprentice over a tea-pot and he quits his job. However angry Mma Makutsi is she still helps out her friend when he gets himself into trouble with a very rich, Mercedes-Benz driving girl friend. My favourite part of the book was the story line following Mma Makutsi who decides to take up dancing lessons; she meets a very shy man at class who takes a particular shine to her and we follow them through the book.
I love the simplicity of Alexander McCall Smith's series; the characters are so warm and the messages in the book are so relevant to all of us. I am not sure what happened with the last one but I am so glad that I didn't give up on them, I shall be getting the next one as soon as possible.
If you've never read them before, start at the beginning. Highly recommended for a light-hearted loving look at life in Botswana.
Read learn and take note.
After Re-read: It's still delightful. Lightly sketched characters and places, bring to life the details of living in peace in Africa. Observations about the trivial side of life - and also about those deeper undercurrants that drive all of us, and the consequences of our actions. Note reappears in this, and Mma Ramotswe has to deal with her feelings. More emotional than some in this series it really is enjoyable.
I knew nothing about Botswana before reading this book, and was fascinated to learn about its history as a country. It's not the Africa one might expect, or that we read about so often in the news. In this book, anyway, Botswana is a comfortable and peaceful place.
The book's protagonist, Precious Ramotswe is strong, independent, wiley, smart, and endearing all at once. I will certainly read more from this series.
Thanks, Shirley, for introducing me!
In this, the last of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, Mma Makutsi takes dancing lessons, Charlie the older apprentice takes up with a married woman, Tlokweng Speedy motors and the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency take on a new employee, and an act of omission from her past comes back to haunt Mma Ramotswe.
I hope that Alexander McCall Smith's other books are as enjoyable as this series.
Overall, continuing to enjoy this cozy/comfort detective series filled with social and moral insights.