Morale e belle ragazze (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #3)
This was one of my favorites because of the depression that overcomes Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni. It comes over him so gradually and the people who love him are so concerned for him. I could almost feel myself becoming concerned for him also. Since I suffer from depression from time t ...more
My two facourite quotes:
This sad truth was hilariously put - "Women, as usual, were expected to behave better than men, and in ...more
I never tire of hearing about the traditional Botswanan way and loved the expression 'stand on your toe' as an equivalent to fingers crossed! T ...more
McCall Smith has created a lovely world of mainly (very) amateurish sleuthing - which whilst ostensibly the theme which is central to these books, is ultimately almost incidental. The main draw here is the cast of well drawn, well written, very memorable and on the whole very endearing (if occasionally frustrating) characters - ...more
In this one, the story broadens: we have Mma Ramotswe's investigations as always but also the newly promoted Assistant Detective, Mma Makutsi, whom also has to keep an eye the apprentices at Tlokweng Speedy Motors because the Agency has moved there to save costs. It’s nice to see her step out a bit of her usual secretarial activities and have her investigate on her own. That way we can switch focus fr ...more
MORALITY FOR BEAUTIFUL GIRLS follows the same template as before, although the detective cases here seem even more of an excuse to have Smith reflecting on aspects of life applicable to both Botswana and the world in general.
Here, we take a look at dysfunctional families, depression and female ...more
In a sense, I think these are classic detective sto ...more
Mma Ramotswe is pulled in many different directions in this book, and only a few of the circumstances really go anywhere. Nearly a whole chapter is devoted to a young boy that is ...more
"Most morality, thought Mma Ramotswe, was about doing the right thing because it had been identified as such by a long process of acceptance and observance. You simply could not create your own morality because your experience would never be enough to do so. What gives you the right to say that you know better than your ancestors? Morality is for everybody, and this means that the views of more than one person are needed to cr ...more
Love this series. It's tremendous. Good story, great characters, something to s ...more
One day people would no longer do th ...more
For some reason, I find the simplistic style charming, not banal. Perhaps that’s because it reflects the rat ...more
This is the third book in the series and a thoroughly enjoyable read. when I open one of these books it feels so comfortable, just like coming home.
This year I have been in the mood for easy, quick reads and this series fits the bill. Plus it helps me get a couple of books read from my shelf. ;)
I applaud how the author subtly sneaks in important life lessons and observations about morality without sounding preachy or judgemental. This book had a lot going in it. A mystery that I couldn't put my finger on (which is cool considering the mysteries in this series are usually easy-going and not difficult to unveil), several laugh out lo...more
Quiet writing, which only sets one up for something quite poignant or an unanticipated punch line. Here is a small example:
Mma Makutsi snorted. "You made yourself look foolish. Why are you always running after girls? Why are you always trying to impress them?"...more
"Because that's how I enjoy myself," said the apprentice defensively. "I like talking to girls.We have all these beautiful girls in this country and there is nobody to talk to them.