Precious and Grace
This is the story of Precious and Grace, known to one another and their friends as Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, co-directors of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
For years the two women have been helping people with the problems in their lives, but their partnership is tested by a curious case: a client who wants to rediscover the life she lost when she left Botswana thirty yearsAgency.For ...more
I actually found myself feeling sorry for Grace in this book. She has found so much good fortune with her new husband and baby, and certainly has moved up in the agency, even if it has been mainly self promotion. But she still has not, within herself, recognized her own worth and so continues to push for ever greater accolades and "respect" from others. True self esteem is always an inside job.
I hope that in a future book she can finally come to appreciate herself. Even Charlie seems to be maturing faster than she is.(less)
This is Rra Alexander's 17th book about me even though I look younger than I did all those years ago at the Botswana Secretarial College, where I made my first big splash in the business world. I make an appearance in the very first chapter of Precious and Grace because, let's face it, there's nothing very precious or graceful about those two! Boring, big time! It's Violet Sephotho people want to read about!
You see, I have be ...more
In this, the 17th episode of the series, our two redoubtable main characters come as close as they ever have to a major falling out. They deal with several cases involving pyramid selling, drug smuggling, lost dogs and a lost past and of course everything works out in the end (although not always to their total satis ...more
This one is about a young woman from Canada who comes back to Botswana where she grew up. There's a stray dog and a powerful t ...more
In this 17th book in the 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full with three cases. The book can be read as a standalone but it's more fun to follow the characters' arcs through the series.
Mma Ramotswe (right) and Mma Makutski (from the television series)
The newest client of the "The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" is Susan Peters, a Canadian woman who was born and raised in Botswana.
Susan is nostalgic for her early life in the beautiful African country and - producing ...more
(And any book with a stray dog is a sure winner. Precious and Grace is no exception to the meme.)
As always, Smith handles characterizations with beguiling economy--a lifted eyebrow here, an almost-suppressed thought there, yet the reader turns the page and much has happened.
In particular, note how Precious understands, accommodates, and reacts to the Grace' ...more
The main storyline in Precious and Grace concerns a Canadian woman who spent some of her childhood in Botswana and ...more
When I will I stop reading the Mma Ramotswe series by Alexander McCall Smith? Perhaps after the 2020 election? After the White House has been sterilized and fumigated? Maybe. Until then, these books lift my spirits when it all just seems too surreal.
These books are kindness, laughter, decency, integrity, and too many other good words for me to list. And Lisette Lecat truly deserves the equivalent of an Oscar for her audiobook performances straight across the series. ...more
This is indeed so when a client who has travelled from Canada presents with a somew ...more
This is my comfort read series.
Mma Precious Ramotswy and Mma. Grace Makutsi and their underlings act as quick pick me up whenever I find life tough or depressing.
Have read the initial few books in the series in order .. after thst j7mped on to this one as I manages to buy it first hand from a flipkart sale for nearly one third the price.
And I love reading paperbacks.
The cover art is beautiful, and intermittently j would stop readi ...more
I have been with this series from the very beginning and it has always been a go to series when I needed something that would make the world seem to be a better place. I didn't have that feeling when I finished "Precious and Grace. I felt disappointed.
Alexander McCall Smith writes so many series that he is entitled to not be up to par all the time. The #1 Ladies Detective Agency has been a long series so it is entitled to have one book not be as good as all the others.
This is i ...more
We have the return of some prior characters such a Ra Polopetsi who use to help out occasionally at the agency. Mma Ramotswe thinks he has gotten himself involved in a pyramid investment scheme. A new character is introduced, he is Fanwell, an assistant mechanic at the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. Fanwell ran over a dog and ...more
My first experience with the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, was when it became a book club pick. I have to admit, this is not something I would have chosen on my own, it is nothing at all like the books I normally choose. However, there is something about this series that made me want to read more. I cannot name the something; but, these books give me great satisfaction.
Precious and Grace are asked to find a woman who acted as a caretaker for a young girl while her parents wo ...more
A charming series of novels
The relationship between the two women is the principal theme of P ...more
There were too many people who took the view that the past was/>There ...more
Smith spoke for approximately thirty minute and left about thirty minutes for an audience Q & A. One of the more interesting things that he spoke about, was the television adaptation of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. He was asked if Jill Scott was what he imagined for ...more
How lovely to be back in the company of Precious, Grace and the rest of the regular characters. This one was a full 4 stars, no rounding up, no audio required. You might think that by book 17 it would be stale, but this series is really McCall Smith at some of his best (I haven't been equally thrilled with all of his series or books).
MMa Makutsi (Grace) is trying to help Mma Ramotswe (Precious) up to date on the latest and most efficient office methods when Fanwe ...more
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