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by Alexander McCall Smith

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Title:The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith
Info:New York : Pantheon Books, 2011.
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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith

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The Saturday Night Big Tent Wedding –A. McCall Smith
Audio version performed by Lissette Lecat
4 stars

Back to Botswana! This was my twelfth visit to The NO.1 ladies Detective Agency. A few things have changed. As the title indicates Mma Makutsi finally marries Phuti Radiphuti; there is even a kiss before they get to the altar. Mma Ramotswe helps to settle a cattle dispute, but does she really solve the crime? Does it really matter? No. McCall Smith uses the mild detective work of the agency to showcase his rosy view of a beautiful place filled with loveable characters. It makes for a nice vacation.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Lisette Lecat
  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
Another pleasant read through life in Botswana with the #1 Ladies Detective Agency. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Book # 12 in the popular No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series has Mma Precious Ramotswe trying to keep everyone calm while Mma Grace Makutsi is in a tizzy over last minute preparations for her wedding, apprentice Charlie runs off when confronted, and a very disagreeable man insists on Mma Ramotswe’s discretion in finding out who has maimed his cattle.

As is typical for this series, there is really not much mystery here. Mostly we have a story of everyday puzzles which may have more than one correct answer, or none at all! What I like about the series is the way in which Smith paints the landscape and people of Botswana. Mma Ramotswe’s common sense, intelligence, listening skills and compassion help her negotiate tricky situations, and help her clients (and friends) come to agreeable compromises. It’s a fast read, but I enjoy the time I spend in with these characters.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
The Saturday big tent wedding party by Alexander McCall Smith
Just going through my shelves of books and ran into this one that I hadn't read yet. A female detective agency book.
In this one there is a lot going on: cows have been killed, pregnant bride runs away, missing van is seen. Interesting how the women collect the clues
and how they come by them, by chance sometimes. Like how some just need to shop for shoes or just take a walk til the clues become clear.
Lots of clues when you ask the right people...too predictable.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Oct 16, 2015 |
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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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Mma Ramotswe had by no means forgotten her late white van.
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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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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