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 i...moreUsually 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. (less)
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 being...moreI 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.(less)
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 is...moreFirst 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.(less)