Synopses & Reviews
Precious Ramotswe, that cheerful Botswanan private investigator of 'traditional build', is now married to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. The Agency is busy, but Mma Ramotswe cannot ignore the plea which is made by a woman who comes to her with a tale of particular misfortune. Unfortunately, her attempts to help are interrupted by a close encounter between her tiny white van and a bicycle, and by a spectacular disagreement between her assistant, Mma Makutsi, and one of the apprentices at the garage. This apprentice has found a fancy girlfriend who drives a Mercedes-Benz. How can he be rescued from his folly? And as for Mma Makutsi, she has found a dancing class, and a man who may not be able to dance very well, but who admires her greatly. And all of this happens against a background of quiet sessions of bush tea, and of a land that stretches out forever under mile upon mile of empty sky.
"[A]nother winner, brimming with poetic descriptions...pitch-perfect assessments ...sensible resolutions....By turns laugh-out-loud funny and quietly profound, these life-affirming mysteries are fine company, indeed." Booklist (Starred Review)
"[T]here is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these six books." New York Times
"In the Company of Cheerful Ladies is just as charming and funny as the previous books in the series." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The sixth title in the ever popular series, "No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency", following Precious Ramotswe, the cheerful Botswanian private investigator. Both entertaining and moving, this is another masterpiece of comic understatement and an affectionate homage to Botswana and its people. "The author's art has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision. This is art that conceals art" "The Sunday Telegraph"
Precious Ramotswe is beset by problems, from a strange intruder in her house on Zebra Drive to the baffling appearance of a pumpkin, in the sixth novel of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series that has captivated readers around the world. Both entertaining and moving, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies is another masterpiece of comic understatement from Alexander McCall Smith - a gentle and enigmatic mystery, and a love letter to Botswana and its people.
About the Author
McCall Smith is a Professor of Medical Law as well as an author who has written over 50 books on a wide range of subjects: from Forensic Aspects of Sleep to The Criminal Law of Botswana, The Perfect Hamburger (children's fiction) to The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom.