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by Alexander McCall Smith

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Always a pleasure to read from this series. Quite a few things happen in this book: a mishap, a misunderstanding, a mix up, a matrimony -- a mish-mash of adventure set in the 'outback' that is Botswana. ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
The usual mix of homespun wisdom but this volume did not excite me as much as the last one, perhaps because there was (seemingly) less detective work afoot, though the final story of maimed cattle was good. ( )
  DramMan | May 9, 2014 |
Mma Ramotswe and J.L.B. Matekoni have drama in store for them with their apprentice, Charlie. Grace is getting married, and a mysterious client comes with a big problem which may not be quite the way he tells it.
As always, an enjoyable read. ( )
  MrsLee | Jan 13, 2014 |
Everybody has their comfort reads and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is mine. Presented as mysteries, the mystery is always subordinate to the gentle, pleasant lives of Precious Ramotswe and her compatriots in a fantasy version of Africa where everything works out well and the problems of the real world exist only in passing or from far away. In this episode, Alexander McCall Smith takes us through the days before Mma Makutsi's wedding to Phuti Radiphuti. There are a few snags, but nothing that isn't solved or resolves itself on its own. There's a problem involving Charlie, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni's feckless apprentice and a slight mystery that Mma Ramoswe solves to everyone's satisfaction. All is well in this glorious version of Botswana. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Jan 6, 2014 |
"The latest installment in the beloved, best-selling series is once again a beautiful blend of wit and wisdom, and a profoundly touching tale of the human heart.

"At a remote cattle post south of Gaborone two cows have been killed, and Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's No. 1 Lady Detective, is asked to investigate by a rather frightened and furtive gentleman. It is an intriguing problemwith plenty of suspects -- including, surprisingly, her own client.

"To complicate matters,Mma Ramotswe is haunted by a vision of her dear old white van, and Grace Makutsi witnesses it as well. Is it the ghost of her old friend, or has it risen from the junkyard? In the meantime, one of Mr. J.L.B Matekoni's apprentices may have gotten a girl pregnant and, under pressure to marry her, has run away. Naturally, it is up to Precious to help sort things out. Add to the mix Violet Sephotho's newly launched run for the Botswana Parliament and a pair of perfect wedding shoes --will wedding bells finally ring for Phuti Radiphuti and Grace Makutsi? -- and we have a charming and delightful tale in the inimitable style of Alexander McCall Smith."
~~front flap

I enjoy this series because it's a lovely, gentle read about ordinary people with ordinary problems. It's the Mitford series, with Father Tim disguised as a lady detective of traditional build. And minus the dog the size of a Buick. Like the Mitford series, it's a world I wish I lived in. ( )
  Aspenhugger | Jun 2, 2013 |
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Nothing very mysterious here, of course, but the solution to the problem of those dead cattle is wonderfully inconclusive, and you’ll never get through the wedding with dry eyes.
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Taking her old shoes out of the box into which Paticia had tucked them, she slipped them back on her feet and continued on her way to the Tlokweng Road. One or two people had witnessed the tragedy, or at least had seen part of it: a young man passing by, a boy on a bicycle, an old man standing in the shade of a tree. But they had only seen a woman racing after a white van and then stumbling; they had seen her bend down and change her footwear before walking off towards the main road. So might we fail to see the real sadness that lies behind the acts of others; so might we look at one of our fellow men going about his business and not know of the sorrow that he is feeling, the effort that he is making, the things he has lost.
Such men who put women down were really rather weak themselves, building themselves up by belittling women. A truly strong man would never want that.
[S]he wanted to leave the house; she wanted to be away from this silly young woman with her casual ways and her utter indifference. How could anybody be so bored with life, she wondered, when all about one there were all these things happening?
The old days: people sometimes laughed at those who talked about the old days, but Mma Ramotswe was not one of them. She knew that all of us, even the youngest, had some old days to remember. Children of ten remember how it was when they were five, just as men and women of fifty remember the way things were when they were twenty; and if those distant pasts are coated with sweetness and longing, then that might be because people indeed felt happier then.
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THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 12

Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective.  In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea.

At a remote cattle post south of Gaborone two cows have been killed, and Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s No. 1 Lady Detective, is asked to investigate by a rather frightened and furtive gentleman. It is an intriguing problem with plenty of suspects—including, surprisingly, her own client.
 
To complicate matters, Mma Ramotswe is haunted by a vision of her dear old white van, and Grace Makutsi witnesses it as well. Is it the ghost of her old friend, or has it risen from the junkyard?  In the meantime, one of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni’s apprentices may have gotten a girl pregnant and, under pressure to marry her, has run away. Naturally, it is up to Precious to help sort things out. Add to the mix Violet Sephotho’s newly launched run for the Botswana Parliament and a pair of perfect wedding shoes—will wedding bells finally ring for Phuti Radiphuti and Grace Makutsi?—and we have a charming and delightful tale in the inimitable style of Alexander McCall Smith.

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Hoping to reclaim a van that was featured in a possible prophetic dream, Precious and Grace find themselves helping an apprentice of Phuti Radiphuti, investigating a cattle poisoning, and considering Grace's possible marriage to Phuti.

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