In this fourth audiobook of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the ever-popular Precious Ramotswe - Botswana's leading, and only, female private detective - faces a new and unwanted problem: competition. 'Ex-CID. Ex-New York. Ex-cellent' reads the sign outside the Satisfaction Guarantee Detective Agency. Cephas Buthelezi certainly talks ...
In this fourth audiobook of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the ever-popular Precious Ramotswe - Botswana's leading, and only, female private detective - faces a new and unwanted problem: competition. 'Ex-CID. Ex-New York. Ex-cellent' reads the sign outside the Satisfaction Guarantee Detective Agency. Cephas Buthelezi certainly talks the talk, Precious discovers, but would he have the wherewithal to deal with her current case - a man who has been attacked by ostrich rustlers, and is eager to reassess his life? Meanwhile, there are difficulties at the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where one of the apprentices has discovered the Lord, problems at home with the mysterious death of a hoopoe, and romantic complications when Mma Makutsi sets up a typing school for men ...
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This book lives up to his previous works - the insight into another culture just proves that we are all basicly the same.
Dec 13, 2010
Read and enjoy
Well written and gives good chuckles. Good series.
Sep 9, 2010
Who would have thought to start a typing school for strictly for men? Find a niche and fill it.
May 3, 2007
I feel the complaint of "too simplistic" can apply to all of the books in this series, and it is unfortunate that this is so, as the underlying idea, the characters, and the setting could have yielded a fabulous set of books. These books are appealing to those seeking respite from a nasty Western world, certainly. The descriptions of southernmost Africa are enjoyable, as is the notion of honest, good-hearted people in an honest, almost noble, country. But the characterizations are so broadly drawn (excuse a possible pun as to Mma R's girth) as to be somewhat insulting. Yes, the author lived there for a time, but his characters start and end with the idea of "noble savages." I could have told you, after two pages, that a white man was writing about a woman and an African nation. It just doesn't ring true, and in fact, it's rather insulting to the Africans, and to the character of Mma R, to cast them as simple yet honest folk thinking about snacking on a nice boiled pumpkin. The author doesn't care enough about his writing to keep up with his own details. I think this was just a moneymaker for him, and it's too bad, because we, the readers and the weary Westerners, could have used a more honest and heartfelt effort in portraying the characters and the country.
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