Synopses & Reviews
In the life of Precious Ramotswe-a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build-there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. First Mr. J.L.B. Mate-koni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number one lady detective can? Then she has a minor falling-out with her assistant, Mma Makutsi, who decides to leave the agency, taking the 97 percent she received on her typing final from the Botswana Secretarial College with her.
Along the way, Mma Ramotswe is asked to investigate a couple of tricky cases. Will she be able to explain an unexpected series of deaths at the hospital in Mochudi? And what about the missing office supplies at a local printing company? These are the types of questions that she is uniquely well suited to answer.
In the end, whatever happens, Mma Ramotswe knows she can count on Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who stands for all that is solid and true in a shifting world. And there is always her love for Botswana, a country of which she is justifiably proud.
"Smith once again combines a loving depiction of ordinary life in modern Botswana with memorable characters and an engaging mystery in the eighth installment in his beloved No. 1 Ladies Detective series (after Blue Shoes and Happiness). Dr. Cronje, who's half Xhosa and half Afrikaner, consults Smith's sleuth, the gentle and insightful Precious Ramotswe, because patients at his hospital who have occupied a particular bed have been dying mysteriously at the same time of day. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe's recently engaged assistant, Grace Makutsi, threatens to break their longstanding association. Mma Ramotswe must adjust their relationship in order to retain Mma Makutsi's services. The author's subtlety of touch and humane portrayal of figures at all levels of society will continue to win him new readers even as his deepening of the ties binding the main figures will satisfy those who have followed the lady detectives from their first recorded case." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"McCall Smith's best-selling novels...continue to resonate with poignancy, wisdom, and wit....The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is his love letter to a country whose salubrious climate is matched by the warmth and humanity of its people." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Only Mma Ramotswe's case ends up amounting to anything. But the outpouring of mercy it provokes casts a welcome new light on Smith's beloved Botswana, where everyone is honest and polite, except for the ones who aren't." Kirkus Reviews
"In each case, the simple crimes are compelling and fun in a Sherlock Holmes-lite way. Alexander McCall Smith easily sets them up. But the reason they make for good reading is that each presents moral and emotional dilemmas for the characters." USA Today
"The light humor keeps the series from becoming saccharine. This is, in fact, deeply spiritual and moral writing, and this combination seems to be what makes Smith's writing so appealing to millions of readers around the world." The Oregonian
"Still charming, not cloying....[U]nlike other small town series that veered, eventually, from charming to cheesy...this one has kept its grip." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Precious Ramotswe solves the crimes and personal dilemmas of her clients with such gentle skill and ancient wisdom that readers wonder why all the troubles in this chaotic world can't be resolved so wisely." BookReporter.com
The eighth installment in the universally beloved, internationally bestselling series.
In the life of Mma Ramotswe a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build there is rarely a dull moment, and in her newest round of adventures, challenges and intrigues, the same certainly holds true. But one thing above all else is keeping her occupied her estimable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. He has been hinting for some time now that he intends to do something special for their adopted daughter, Motholeli, and it seems that the time for this good deed has come. Of course, good deed or not, his plan is bound to hit some snags. And that's when he will undoubtedly consider himself doubly perhaps even triply lucky to be married to the ever-resourceful, ever-understanding Precious Ramotswe.
In the life of Mma Ramotswe, there is rarely a dull moment, and in her newest round of adventures, challenges, and intrigues, the same certainly holds true. But one thing above all else is keeping her occupied her estimable husband who has been hinting for some time now that he intends to do something special for their adopted daughter.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith lives in Scotland, where he is Professor Emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh. He has a long connection with Botswana, where he once worked and to which he returns each year for a visit of homage to the country of his heroine Mma Ramotswe. He is the author of many other books, including the Isabel Dalhousie series. In his spare time, he plays the contrabassoon in an amateur orchestra called the Really Terrible Orchestra.