Now that she is finally and happily married to her long-term suitor Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of Botswana might have expected life to grow more sedate. But the many problems that lead customers to Mma Ramotswe's door seem, if anything, to have multiplied, and no sooner has she settled her traditionally ...
Now that she is finally and happily married to her long-term suitor Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of Botswana might have expected life to grow more sedate. But the many problems that lead customers to Mma Ramotswe's door seem, if anything, to have multiplied, and no sooner has she settled her traditionally built person into the married state than she finds herself looking into several troublesome matters at once. There is, to begin with, a disturbing case of blackmail and theft from the Government catering college. Then, while on an errand for her husband to the Mokolodi Game Reserve Mma Ramotswe is seconded to investigate an unpleasant atmosphere that may be down to witchcraft, or something worse. There are sinister goings-on at a health clinic to be looked into, not to mention any number of small wrongs to be righted along the path to detective triumph. And all the time Mma Ramotswe has weighty questions of a philosophical nature to consider, such as whether it is right to find happiness in small things, such as a new pair of blue shoes, a slice of cake, or a red sunset over the Kalahari.
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Another episode of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency and well worth the read
May 28, 2010
This book was light and entertaining and left you feeling good about life
Nov 24, 2007
Time after time Alexander McCall Smith continues to entertain and bewilder with his talent for creating situations to emphasize the regard for basic ethics and logic used by Precious in resolving the simplest and most complex of problems. I enjoyed getting to know Grace as she comes to the forefront and Precious tries to steer her into coming to terms with her future expectations concerning her fiance. We all have a pair of "Blue Shoes" in our life, which adds to the pleasure derived from this enchanting book.
Apr 26, 2007
Alexander McCall Smith is a hidden jewel of a writer. I have read every book in every series but the most delightful and compassionate characters are the gentle, kind, ethical, and caring detectives of the Number One Detective Agency. If only life could be so reliable. What wonderful people, who so diligently pursue their work, their dedication to the land, the people, and the orphan. Don't miss them. And I like the original approach to the behaviors of people in all the books, the exploration of philosophies, people growing as they learn how to cope with life and ways of making the experience meaningful.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-05 It was a shrewd idea to get the veteran actress and audiobook prize winner Lecat to perform this version of Smith's latest mystery starring the unforgettable Botswana detective Precious Ramotswe. Lecat is a native South African who grew up hearing the authentic accents of women just like Ramotswe, and she gives the character the perfect notes of a real person rather than slipping into caricature. Indeed, Lecat has as good an ear for the ethnic turf covered as the author does. She is also adept at making other female characters, such as assistant detective Grace Makutsi, different but immediately believable. It's Grace who has the title's passion for fancy footwear-in spite of her being a secret feminist afraid of letting her boyfriend know about her politics. Smith does mix in small measures of danger and mystery, but the overall feeling is one of a pleasant dream, of gentle wonder that such people can exist in a conflicted world. And Lecat is the perfect choice to read the story. Simultaneous release with the Pantheon hardcover (reviewed online). (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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