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In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

(No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #6)

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Mma Ramotswe's normally unshakable composure is rattled when a visitor forces her to confront a secret from her past.

In the newest addition to the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the charming and ever-resourceful Precious Ramotswe finds herself overly beset by problems. She is already b
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Paperback, New Edition, 272 pages
Published February 28th 2005 by Abacus (first published 2004)
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Sheena No it is not a carryover because I am reading the books in sequence. The Zambian absconding financier case was a special request from a firm of lawyer…moreNo it is not a carryover because I am reading the books in sequence. The Zambian absconding financier case was a special request from a firm of lawyers in Zambia, who were looking for the runaway businessman who apparently had decamped with a lot of their client's money. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency 's reputation has spread beyond the borders of Botswana, and it is being approached by foreign clients.(less)
Sheena A cup of tea is known as 'the cup that cheers'. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are always drinking together bush tea and ordinary tea in their office. T…moreA cup of tea is known as 'the cup that cheers'. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are always drinking together bush tea and ordinary tea in their office. They discuss their cases and make observations in general over tea. Mma Makutsi brews tea for everyone in the office. To the two Mmas, add Mma Sylvia Potokwani of the Orphan Farm who always welcomes and cheers visitors with tea and fruit cake. (less)
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Anne Sue
May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On page 110 and 111 I was very much able to relate to the issue Mma Ramotswe and Mma Potekwane discussed, I wrote the quotes from those pages down, for your entertainment:)

"Mma Ramotswe sighed. "We are all tempted, Mma. We are all tempted when it comes to cake." "That is true," said Mma Potekwane. "There are many temptations in this life, but cake is probably one of the biggest of them.""

""Temptation is very difficult," said Mma Ramotswe quietly. "I do not always resist it. I am not a strong wom
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Laurel
Jun 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
There is something so comforting about this series. Even though life in Botswana is most likely very different than life in Canada, there is something about the tone or writing style that reminds me of life at my grandparent's house. I love the traditional values, the respect for people/property/manners. And most of all, I love that it is important to slow down and really be in the moment with those important to you. I know that the future installments become a little formulaic. However, every s ...more
Laura
***Fifth read***
These books feel like my children. Hard to pick a favorite but if I had to, this would be it. Special people come into play here and some terrific things happen. I love this series so much. It has become part of my soul. I want to live in Botswana with Mma Ramotswe and the rest of the crew; now, more than ever. If it weren't so hot there, I might be making tentative plans, just in case America hasn't come fully to its senses in November. 😉

AMS, I hope to meet you one day. You are
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Marie
Jul 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: justfinished
The entire #1 Ladies Detective Agency series is the most unique set of books I have ever read. I really believe McCall deserves all of the hype he gets for this series, as it has universal appeal.
Mma Ramoswe ponders the questions in life that so many of us do, (or would, if we would just slow down a bit!) But she is so human, too, and some of my favorite parts of this recent addition are the instances in which she muses about Mma Makutsi's "97 percent", but stops just shy of admitting that she i
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Isis
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I don't know whether the books are getting better as the series continues, or if I have simply slid into the comfort zone they create for me, with all their repetition and rambling and familiarity, but it seems to me that they are becoming more thematically focused and cohesive. This book's intertwining plots center on appearance and reality, on expectations and prejudgment and how they may obscure the truth: from the book's beginning, where Mma Ramotswe, trying to stop a crime, is taken for a c ...more
Carol
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I am stressed, have too many deadlines, or simply have been reading too much heavy, sad stuff, I look for another in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. It is just relaxing, pleasant reading to imagine myself sitting under an acacia tree in the hot Botswana sun drinking bush tea... Although a totally different climate and history, Botswanna in a way reminds me of rural Costa Rica 20 years ago. The slow pace of life, everyone knows each other, and honesty and reputation and ethics ...more
Jean
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I found this one to be more entertaining than some of the books in the series. I wouldn't recommend the "No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series to just anyone, but I admit I have enjoyed it. The landscape of Botswana is depicted beautifully, lovingly throughout.
I think some folks might NOT appreciate the idyllicism, the simplicity of characters, the repetition. The people and situations are charmingly simple (the style has been called utopian)and it really worked for me but I wonder if some migh
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Darla
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
Come spend some time in Botswana with the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This series is like visiting an old friend and learning about a new place. Each installment adds to the store of knowledge one accumulates about this part of Africa. The characters become more defined. Mma Ramatswe and Mma Makutzi are indeed cheerful ladies for the most part. As they help their clients and assist Mr. J.L.B. Matakoni with the workload of the car repair business, we are reminded of Mma Ramatswe's traditional ...more
Karen
These are cozy little reads that are really more about the characters' relationships to each other than about any mysteries taken on by the detective agency. I recently saw a documentary about Alexander McCall Smith. He confesses that he wants to present books about Africa that are not tragedies. He sets the pace slowly (as per the "cozy mystery" genre conventions). He likes to imagine himself as grounded and wise as Mma Ramotswe. He also explains how he travels from Scotland back to Botwana onc ...more
Una Tiers
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely prose, gentle clever people.
Nicole Marble
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful!The more I read McCall Smith, the more I look forward to reading more.
Holly R W
Upset by all of the chaos in the world, I was looking for something lighter to read when I selected this book. I remembered how my mother, now deceased, had loved the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. It's approaching her birthday and I'm thinking of her strongly.

I'm at the halfway mark in the book, but am putting it aside. It's like reading about Andy Griffith's Mayberry, but it's set in Botswana with African characters. For a detective with a detective agency to run, there is not much my
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Trace
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-booklist
It is such a treat and a delight to read these books. I indeed feel like I am in the company of cheerful ladies, sharing a cup of tea with Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi. Highly recommend this wonderful series!
Anne Hawn Smith
Since so many people are writing reviews about these wonderful books and discussing the plot, I think I will talk about Africa and especially the way Mma Ramotswe feels about her home and her people. Reading these books has given me the same feeling I got from the beginning of Out of Africa and Cry, the Beloved Country. There is such a deep love of the land in these characters and I find myself wanting to be there with them. I also find myself remembering how I felt in Mississippi in the days of ...more
Faith Spinks
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another trip to Botswana so couldn't let it pass without another glimpse into the world of Mma Ramotswe. As always it was a delight. I love getting to be on location as I read as the books are so visual already and being there just brings it even more to life. Can't help but adopt the Botswanan accent as I read as well. :) ...more
Cheryl Fontes
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. All the problems were solved. This is the best out of the first 6 of the series.
Friederike Knabe
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: african-lit, africa
Precious Ramotswe, Botwana's No.1 Lady Detective, is usually concerned with other people's problems and mishaps. She handles these with aplomb, common sense and, sometimes a little pressure... Her usual cheerfulness is rarely put to the test. Yet, when it comes to difficulties in her own life, she is not so well prepared. She has, after all, a position to maintain and this limits her options. Mma Makutsi is her junior in the agency, which makes her unsuitable as a confidante. And Mr J.L.B. Matek ...more
Lillian Carl
This one has a bit more plot that some of the previous ones. The apprentice Charlie is up

to no good, as usual, and when Grace and Precious follow him, they not only discover a

problem with Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's old house, they also, quite by accident, pick up Mr.

Polopetsi, a new assistant for both the garage and the agency.


Also, Precious has to confront a difficult part of her own past, while Grace, who starts

attending a dancing school, finds her future completely re-written. Of course every
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Amber Scaife
Mma Ramotswe deals with a half-naked house intruder, nearly hitting a man on a bicycle with her van, the theft of that van which is so dear to her, and the return to town of her abusive first husband, all while working to solve the case of a man who stole a great deal of money from his employers. Her assistant, Mme Makutsi, also has a lot on her plate: braving a room full of haughty, pretty girls at her new dance class, the introduction of a new teapot to the detective agency (and introducing Mm ...more
Shirley Daniels
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I love the characters of Mma Precious Ramatswe, Mma Grace Makutsi and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni and have gained appreciation for Botswana and the respectful attitudes of its traditional way of life. The books in this series have brightened my evenings.
Mishika
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say! Mma Ramotswe is everything that is right in the world!
After waiting for a long long time, Note finally made an appearance, and needless to say, I hated him with all my might, and not just because of the complete jerk that he is, but also because the kind of power he had over Mma Precious.

Looking forward to Mma Makutsi's wedding now!
Definitely recommended, this and the entire series!

P.S. McCall Smith is coming for this years JLF and I cannot go and I can't tell you how sad that h
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PurplyCookie
In this sixth entry in McCall Smith's consistently delightful series, Botswana detective Precious Ramotswe, the traditionally built—and newly married—owner of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, is saddled with a surfeit of challenging cases and personal crises.

"One might have all the things which the modern world offered, but what was the use of these if they destroyed all that which gave you strength and courage and pride in yourself and in your country?"

There has been an intruder in her home
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Valerie K
Not my favorite in this series. Some of the story lines were good, but if you took out all the repetitions within this one book itself, you could probably lose a couple chapters, and if you took out passages that are essentially repeats from other books in the series you could cut this book in half. It just starts to feel like filler to me, I'd rather the words were spent more on story and less on repeated reflections. Plus I felt like both Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are becoming more inflexib ...more
Blaine DeSantis
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things have gotten better in this, the 6th book of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Some of my frustrations of book 5 got resolved and there was more mystery and more matters that held our attention in this book. It began early with Mma. Ramotswe having a feeling there was an intruder in her home, and then there was the episode with the the pumpkin that mysteriously arrived on her porch. Mma. Makutsi plays a prominent role, once again in the book and we are also introduced to two new character ...more
Will Byrnes
This is #6 in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Mma Rwatse lies on her bed and squeezes out a mysterious intruder who had hidden there. He flees sans pants that got caught on the bed. Is there any relationship between this stranger and the pumpkin that appears on her porch? Mma Makutsi is taking up dancing, hoping to meet a man. One of the apprentices at the car shop is dating a rich married woman and foolishly puts far too many eggs in that basket.

Smith continues along with his set of e
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Jeane
Sep 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always the No1 ladies' detective agency stories were also great in the sixth book of the serie. But this time I think there were so much more different things happening. New characters were introduced who have an important part in this book. The pumpkin part was sooo funny and the end of the story promises other happenings in the enxt books which sound already interesting and exciting just thinking about them! ...more
Jrobertus
Jul 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a most enjoyable little novel about a large african lady who uses her inheritance to set up a detective agency. she solves small, human, mysteries in a clever way. warm, funny and thoroughly enjoyable stuff. the 6th in the series. humane, whimsical, and humorous as always. in this one, mme Ramwatsi has trouble with her 'ex', Note, and mma Maccutse finally finds a good man. ...more
Joe O'Connor
Very Good; continuing character: Precious Ramotswe; one of the apprentices seeing an older woman, a visit from Precious' ex-husband, a bicyclist hit by the van, and dance lessons for Mma Makutsi keep the detective agency busy

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Jenny (knasentjej)
Here you can read my review in Swedish: http://jennyjag.wordpress.com/2015/02...

Here you can see my review in English: http://youtu.be/zqdbRI2YDZQ
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Melanie
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of references to the near perfect score of 97% and each one made me smile and laugh.
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