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The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
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Sep 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: family-story, mystery
Read in September, 2012

Some of the earlier adventures of Mma Ramotswe of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Botswana, after her marriage to that famous mechanic, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, but before Mma Makutsi's marriage. In this volume, Mma Ramotswe tries to find some family for a woman who grew up an orphan, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni hopes for a miracle for their paralyzed foster daughter, Motolele, Mma Makutsi gets a new bed, and someone is leaving anonymous notes for the women of the agency.

Like all the others, this is just a lovely evocation of Botswana, idealized somewhat, but not entirely--many people have hard lives and hard problems, and there are not always miracles to help them. It unfolds gently, meandering with the thoughts of the characters, and as always, makes one want to hop a plane to Gabarone.

The only issue with this is that the description on the back of the audiobook talks about an adventure that takes place in another book, instead, so throughout the whole book I was waiting for it to happen, and it was a bit frustrating when the book ended and it hadn't.

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