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The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #15)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  7,309 Ratings  ·  1,134 Reviews
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency often helps people find things they have lost. But they have never had to help a client find herself—until now, in this latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling and beloved series.

A kindhearted brother and sister have taken in a woman known only as “Mrs.”—a woman with no memory of her name or of how she came to Botswa
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 2014)
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David Stone
Nov 14, 2014 David Stone rated it it was amazing
A Review by V.S. (Violet Sepotho)

Back at the Botswana Secretarial College, where I distinguished myself in the middle of the class, I met a young woman with large spectacles from Bobonong. Well, that lady has an annoying habit of appearing in all the books Rra McCall Smith has written about me. That Mma Makutsi is back in this one, as well as that large lady Mma Ramotswe. Here, they attempt to solve a case of amnesia and entertain the idea of opening a cafe! It is very funny to read about all th
Petra X
Jun 01, 2015 Petra X rated it it was ok
You know they say an addict has to reach rock bottom and really want to be cured before he can be rehabilitated? Well I'm there, Lord I'm there, Rescue Me. I've done it before. I gave up donating to the Lifetime Fund of Jodi Picoult, formulaic writer of books that made her ever richer and ever more famous. If I've done it once, I can do it again.

I wonder if AMS has a list in front of him of all the characters and their traits and accoutrements, like the Precious Ramotswe's little white van, Mma
Dec 05, 2014 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favourite series and I am always delighted when a new one comes out. They are light easy reading but always totally delightful and the characters feel just like family. In this book Mma Ramotswe attempts to solve an unusual case while Mma Makutsi sets herself up in the restaurant business with some less than successful results. Of course everything comes good by the end and that is the real pleasure in these books. Good will always triumph in the end and life will ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
We are back in Botswana, that sunny country where apparently anyone will happily give you a glass of water or take the time to stop and ponder life's little questions. Alexander McCall Smith's books are stuck in a timewarp, a blissful bubble where nothing is so dire that it can't be resolved with a generous slice of fruit cake and cup of redbush tea. This series is literary comfort food, where the plot takes second billing to the warm feelings that the characters and setting evoke.

And yet. I tr
Ivonne Rovira
Nov 08, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Botswana’s only lady detective — actually the only detective of either sex — Precious Ramotswe, returns in The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café to the delight of longtime fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s coziest of cozy mysteries. In this book, the 15th in the series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Precious investigates an East Asian woman who says she can’t remember anything about herself: not where she’s from, not how old she is, not even her name — nothing from before the moment ...more
This was a “recovery” book, after I read a very good but intense read and needed something light and easy to get into afterwards! I wondered whether I would struggle even with this one, but no - it was as fun to read as this series normally is. Even less happens in this one than others - there is only one case taken on by Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, but there are various issues of life reflected on throughout and I just enjoy the way these are written!
Dec 27, 2015 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful episode in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. What makes it so delightful is the way the characters keep developing and changing in this series and the different ways in which they tackle everyday problems and situations depending on their personalities.

In this volume, Charlie has to find a new job as Mr J.L.B. Maketoni has given up hope of him ever passing his mechanics exams. Mma Makutsi decides to open a cafe and the agency takes on a case of a woman with amnesia. A
Susan Johnson
Jan 01, 2015 Susan Johnson rated it it was amazing
What a great way to start the New Year by reading the new book in one of my favorite series, The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. This is such a feel good series and who doesn't love Precious Ramotswe, the traditionally built owner of the agency?

This new addition features her prickly assistant, Grace Makutsi, now promoted to "co-director" of the Agency. Grace has decided to open a restaurant called the Handsome Man's Deluxe Café. In one of the funniest passages in the book, J.L.B. Matekoni,
Diane Barnes
Jul 24, 2015 Diane Barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This should probably rate 3 stars because of the simplicity and sameness of this series, but it rates an extra star for wisdom, philosophy, and because I love these books so much.

Exciting, no. Complicated plot, no. Lyrical prose, no. Not even really a mystery as such, even though that's where you'll find it in the bookstore. But whenever you are in need of simple people trying to be good and do good things, when you need a break from a hectic life, slow down and read this series, starting with "
Kerry Bridges
Sep 22, 2014 Kerry Bridges rated it it was amazing
Mma Makutsi, back from maternity leave and now promoted to business partner in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency has decided to branch out and buy a restaurant; the eponymous "Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe". Meanwhile, Mr JLB Matekoni has a dilemma about Charlie and Mma Ramotswe must help an Indian lady who does not know her own name. Business as usual for the No.1 Ladies and their various friends and relations.

I absolutely love Alexander McCall Smith's novels, and the Precious Ramotswe series is m
May 27, 2016 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“There was also enough light, Mma Ramotswe reflected, to see that the world was not always a place of pain and loss, but a place where our simple human affairs – those matters that for all their pettiness still sometimes confounded us – were not insoluble, were not without the possibility of resolution.”

The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café is the fifteenth book in the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Scottish author, Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi are faced with
Donna Davis
Within the genre of the cozy mystery, this long-running series by Alexander McCall Smith reigns supreme. The magic is as much due to the cast of engaging secondary characters as it is to Precious Ramotswe herself. The Handsome Man’s DeLuxe Cafe is no exception. Thanks to edelweiss and above the treeline for the advance glimpse.

On the very first page, Mr. JLB Matekoni entered and I smiled. I don’t mean inwardly; I mean my face broadened into the kind of contented crease that lowers our blood pres
Nov 05, 2014 Emma rated it it was ok
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The Library Lady
Dec 27, 2014 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC. It gave me a chance to revisit characters whom by now are old friends. You could start the series here, but why would you? If you haven't met Mma Ramotswe and her family and friends, start with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and see it all happen.
Oct 16, 2014 Annalie rated it really liked it
Once again I thoroughly enjoyed this Ladies' Detective book.

PLEASE keep writing them, Mr McCall Smith!!!

A famous ornithologist once said that you should "slow down to the pace of the bush" when visiting Africa. It's good advice; when reading this novel, take your time, relax and enjoy the gentle ride.
Jamie Collins
A cozy, pleasant read as always, but plotwise not one of the standouts of the series. It’s hard to believe that Mma Makutsi’s experiences at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency have not made her a little more wary when it comes to hiring employees.
Sep 08, 2016 Gearóid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very nice chilled series of books to read.
Feb 08, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
3.5 stars

As the story opens Mma Precious Ramotswe has made her assistant, Mma Grace Makutsi - now happily married with a new baby - a partner in the "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency." This makes little difference to Grace's job duties however since business is sparse. Economic problems also make it necessary for Mma Ramotswe's husband, Mr. J.L.B. Mateconi - who owns a garage - to fire his lackadaisical apprentice Charlie. Feeling bad for Charlie, Mma Ramotswe offers him a position in her detective
Another wonderful, soft, generous book from AMS. i am a bit of a Precious Ramotswe groupie. This series captures Botswana - a place that really is as wonderful as he makes it sound. If it had an ocean i would live there in a heartbeat. But i digress.
The plot is engaging and as time goes on (this is the 15th book in the series) what seems to be a naive, an almost self destructive charity in Mma R somehow always finds its way to wisdom. And the hilarious descriptions of the obvious make me want t
May 29, 2016 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“There was also enough light, Mma Ramotswe reflected, to see that the world was not always a place of pain and loss, but a place where our simple human affairs – those matters that for all their pettiness still sometimes confounded us – were not insoluble, were not without the possibility of resolution.”

The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café is the fifteenth book in the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Scottish author, Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi are faced with
Beth Bagby
May 30, 2015 Beth Bagby rated it really liked it
This is a series I keep coming back to for the characters. Even when nothing much happens with the story, it is worth the time just to spend another 200 pages with them. They are a warm cup of tea on a rainy day. Plus there is always some nugget about people and life simplified into its most obvious terms.

"Mma Ramotswe slipped the business plan into a drawer. The trouble with plans, she thought, was that they tended to be expressions of hope. Everybody, it seemed, felt that they should have a p
L.A. Starks
Jan 20, 2015 L.A. Starks rated it really liked it
This wonderful series has a pillowy pace but with concise writing--often one doesn't realize how much has been conveyed in such a few short words. Although Mma Ramotse and Mma Makutsi solve crimes, Smith's take on violence is always one of sorrow rather than graphic description, though he doesn't shy from the necessary description.

Botswana should hire Smith as its promotional director--seldom has an author made a country sound so wonderful.

I have enjoyed every book in this series and look forwar
Barbara Albin
Nov 28, 2014 Barbara Albin rated it it was amazing
I should have added a review, so here it goes! I was worried that by book #15 I might not enjoy these books anymore, but I was wrong. It probably is more a 4 star than a 5 star, but I know lovers of Mma Ramotswe will say 5 star. The only problem with the book, Mma Makutsi is overly "prickly"! I wanted to smack her in the face, but as always she redeems herself.
Laura Siegel
Jan 23, 2015 Laura Siegel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, mystery
This is the only series I've read where the names of the characters stay with me - and they are African names, not easy to remember. They simply become family . The simple yet extraordinary lives they live, filled with kindness and compassion, become ongoing lessons as if I learned them from my family. Lisette Lecat is an extraordinary audiobook reader.
Una Tiers
Nov 27, 2014 Una Tiers rated it really liked it
It was nice to visit with old friends.
Nancy Brisson
Jan 22, 2015 Nancy Brisson rated it really liked it
Alexander McCall Smith is back with a new novel in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency Series. He’s taking us back to Gaborone, Botswana to hang out with Mma Ramotzwe and her co-director (the newly and accidentally promoted) Mma Makutzi. Gaborone is a busier place than when A. M. Smith wrote the first book in this continuing saga. There were fewer cars and the cases that Mma R. and Mma M. solved were simpler, less modern, and more traditional in a small village sort of way.

The man who arrives at the
Madhulika Liddle
Nov 10, 2014 Madhulika Liddle rated it liked it
Mma Makutsi, now the wife of the wealthy Phuti Radiphuti (not to mention mother of Itumelang Clovis Radiphuti), has enough money—and ambition—to decide that she should be doing something better than just being a partner in Botswana's best-known detective agency. She will open a restaurant. A fashionable cafe, which will be frequented by the who's who. While Mma Makutsi begins work on setting up this ambitious new venture, a case arrives at The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: a Mr Sengupta and his ...more
Penny McGill
Nov 07, 2014 Penny McGill rated it it was amazing
I like a visit with Precious Ramotswe so much. I am firmly in the camp of people who adore the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and never get tired of it - am always thrilled when a new one is published - and this one was particularly clever. I so like that he is letting us get to know a bit more about Grace and her life while still keeping the story firmly in the world of Mma Ramotswe's home. It was a bit of a lark to see Grace try and get the cafe started and wonder how it was all going ...more
Nov 20, 2014 Ariel rated it it was amazing
I can't believe that this is the 15th installment in the series. As Alexander McCall Smith likes to say, he's a serial novelist. In the latest outing Mma Ramotswe is tasked with finding the identity of a woman who has amnesia, Grace Makutsi decides to open a restaurant despite having no previous experience, and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has to make some difficult financial decisions at the garage. This series never gets old for me and I highly anticipate the new book each year. Phuti Radiphuti, the ...more
Gaby Meares
Oct 25, 2014 Gaby Meares rated it it was amazing
I really can't hide the fact that I am a huge fan of this series by the wonderful Alexander McCall Smith. This latest instalment does not disappoint. Spending time with the kind and insightful Mma Ramotswe (of traditional build), her prickly friend Mma Makutsi (whose shoes play an important role) and all the other wonderful characters who are part of The No. One Ladies Detective Agency, is always rewarding and refreshing. It's like catching up with old friends and hearing all their news. ...more
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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what ...more
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