This is my favorite book series. Reading them is like catching up with old friends. In the latest installment in the series, Mma Ramotswe, under a bitThis is my favorite book series. Reading them is like catching up with old friends. In the latest installment in the series, Mma Ramotswe, under a bit of pressure from everyone who thinks she works too hard, takes a vacation leaving Mma Makutsi in charge of the detective agency. I was a little put off by this book at first. Mma Ramotswe seemed to have uncharitable thoughts towards her friend that seemed unlike her. She was at odds with Mma Makutsi for most of the story which was a departure from their usual interaction. In the end though everything was once again made right between the two friends. In this book we also have the return of Mr. Polopetsi, a beloved character who helps out from time to time at the detective agency, but who has been absent from the last several books. Of course Violet Sephotho, Mma Makutsi's arch enemy from secretarial school has to put in a cameo and make her usual trouble. Throughout the story relevant bits of wisdom are dispensed, people are helped, and thorny situations are sorted out. As I am also married to a man who owns his own car repair shop, I especially love all of Mr. JLB. Matekoni anecdotes about his own garage. An unexpected bonus of this book was that it inspired me to clean out my pantry. Mma Ramotswe reminded me that I too had things lurking in my pantry that were past their prime....more
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 outingI 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 husband of Grace, is becoming one of my favorite characters. I love how he supports his wife while managing to take her craziness down a notch. Grace and her husband bring out the best in each other in the sweetest way.
On Sunday evening I got to see Alexander McCall Smith speak in person which is something I have longed to do since I started reading the series. He opened the lecture series of the Miami Book Fair and I am so glad I went as he was absolutely hilarious. It was like a comedy show. He spoke about several of his series including this one as well as his Really Terrible Orchestra. He was supremely nice when I met him after and took the nicest picture with my daughter after he signed my book. If you ever get the chance to hear him speak in person don't hesitate to go. He also wore his kilt which was awesome. More on his night in Miami can be read here. http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultis......more
Usually the new book in this series is released in April which happens to be my birthday month making it my annual gift to myself. My only complaint iUsually the new book in this series is released in April which happens to be my birthday month making it my annual gift to myself. My only complaint is that I had to wait until November to get it. In this installment we find Mma Ramotswe presented with two new mysteries, a character assassination against a beauty parlor and a nephew who may or may not be heir to a farm. Mma Ramotswe is on her own for the most part because Mma Makutsi is on maternity leave and she keenly misses her dear friend. Meanwhile Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni is left pondering the role of a modern husband. I love these novels. I am always anxious to see what nuggets of wisdom Alexander McCall Smith is doling out through his characters. Precious Ramotswe is a particular favorite of mine. Smith's musing on what makes husband and wife relationships work is especially on point here. It doesn't matter who cooks the sausage but the kindness that is shown to one another. Another excellent addition to the series. ...more
I love this series and all of the characters in it. I highly anticipate the latest installment every April. In this outing we have Mma Potokwane beingI love this series and all of the characters in it. I highly anticipate the latest installment every April. In this outing we have Mma Potokwane being removed from her position as matron of the orphan farm by a very bad man, Fanwell, Mr. J.L. B. Matekoni's apprentice has been arrested, and Grace and Phuti are having problems with the construction of their new house. Best of all, the famous author of the Principals of Private Detection, Clovis Anderson, arrives in Botswana! Of course evil is never allowed to triumph over good and Grace and Mma Ramotswe put all to right at the end with the aid of many cups of tea.
The gems of wisdom in these books are so wonderful. For example Mma. Ramotswe advises Grace never repay rudeness with rudeness because it never teaches a rude person how to behave better. I may have to work on that one. The loving way marriage and family is portrayed is so refreshing too. These books reaffirm family values, kindness, and manners. I always look forward to a visit to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency....more
First off let me start by saying I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series. It always comes out right around my birthday and every year the latest installment isFirst off let me start by saying I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series. It always comes out right around my birthday and every year the latest installment is like the best present. I love this series so much that I am always on the lookout for a book like it which has led me to Maisie Dobbs (another great series in the cozy detective niche) and the Isabelle Dalhousie series (a mixed bag for me). If you are reading this book which is number twelve in the series I am sure you love Precious Ramotswe and company too. That being said something was missing for me this outing. This is the first book that I can think of where the mystery has not been definitively solved by book's end. The side mystery involving Charlie was just not that interesting to me. I usually love hearing about the feckless apprentices. I work at my husbands mechanic shop so I especially love the parts that involve Speedy Motors. Finally the wedding was so short! I have been waiting for that wedding for many books now and feel a little let down. I also miss Puso and Motholeli, I hope the kids get more attention in the next book. I guess this book just left me wanting more to read because I so enjoy the series. I look forward to number thirteen....more