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The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

by Alexander McCall Smith, Alexander McCall Smith

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Series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (8)

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3.5 ***

Things are unsettled at the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. Employees seem dissatisfied with their current responsibilities and seek to change or even quit, but eventually everything works out for the best. I love these gentle mysteries set in Botswana, however I think McCall Smith has really run out of plot. The series is no longer fresh, though still enjoyable. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 14, 2016 |
As fully expected by this point in the series, McCall-Smith delivers light and charming reading mixed with insights into ethical dilemmas and human nature. Mma Ramotswe receives what might be her most serious case yet – three different patients at the local hospital have died mysteriously; all in the same bed. Could it actually be murder? As usual, multiple things are going on at once, so we also hear about secretary Mma Makutsi quitting and looking for another job, apprentice Charlie quitting and deciding to start a taxi company, fiancé JLB Matekoni trying to break into detecting, and oh yes, who is stealing from a local business? This installment is actually a little odd, with many characters who are striving to break out of a mold and do something more – but with an overarching message that this might not be a good thing, and that the status quo is comfortable. Or is the message more that home is a good place? Or that a change isn’t always a change for the better? Hmm. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
In this installment Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni gets to work on his own case, trying to determine if a woman's husband is chetaing. Mma Pakutsi is promoted to associate detective after having doubts about keeping her job at the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency. More actual cases to solve than some of the previous books in the series. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
The gorgeous audio narration by Lisette Lecat always soothes me. The stories aren't eye-popping, but McCall Smith's luscious descriptions of the country and people of Botswana are worth reading.

In this episode, Mr.J.L.B. Matakone tries his hand at detecting, Mma Makutse edges closer to marriage, and the irrepresible gang of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency continues to provide us with a loving and positive view of the world. ( )
  tututhefirst | Dec 3, 2015 |
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Not much to say that I haven't said many times before. I'm about halfway through this series, reading one every year or so, and they're just a breath of fresh air. The writing isn't stellar, the books are essentially the same each time - Africa! Botswana! traditionally built women! doing what's right! - but there's something about them that makes me gobble them up each time. It must be the love for the country shining through, which is something you don't see often in novels. On to the next one in a short bit. ( )
  khage | Jun 18, 2015 |
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Some said that they would have liked to live before the colonial era, before Europe came and carved Africa up; that, they said, would have been a good time, when Africa ran its own affairs, without humiliation. Yes, it was true that Europe had devoured Africa like a hungry man at a feast—and an uninvited one too—but not everything had been perfect before that. What if one had lived next door to the Zulus, with their fierce militarism? What if one were a weak person in the house of the strong? The Batswana had always been a peaceful people, but one could not say that about everybody. And what about medicines and hospitals? Would one have wanted to live in a time when a little scratch could turn septic and end one's life? Or in the days before dental anaesthetic? Mma Ramotswe thought not, and yet the pace of life was so much more human then and people made do with so much less. Perhaps it would have been good to live then, when one did not have to worry about money, because money did not exist; or when one did not have to fret about being on time for anything, because clocks were as yet unknown. There was something to be said for that; there was something to be said for a time when all on had to worry about was the cattle and the crops.
"Men and boys think that we would like to be them," she said. "I don't think they know how pleased we are to be women."
Great feuds often need very few words to resolve them. Disputes, even between nations, between peoples, can be set to rest with simple acts of contrition and corresponding forgiveness, can so often be shown to be based on nothing much other than pride and misunderstanding, and the forgetting of the humanity of the other—and land, of course.
It was so bright outside, with the winter sun beating down remorselessly, and the air thin and brittle, and everything in such clear relief. Under such light our human failures, our frailty, seemed so pitilessly illuminated. Here he was, a mechanic, not a man who was good with words, not a man of great substance, just an ordinary man, who had loved an exceptional woman and thought that he might be good enough for her; such a thought, when there were men with smooth words and sophisticated ways, men who knew how to charm women, to lure them away from the dull men who sought, so unrealistically, to possess them.
Mma Ramotswe sighed. "We cannot make all our clients happy, Mma. Sometimes, maybe. It depends on whether they want to know what we tell them. The truth is not always a happy thing, is it?"
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THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 8

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.
 
In the life of Precious Ramotswe–a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build– there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. First Mr. J.L.B. Mate-koni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number one lady detective can? Then she has a minor falling-out with her assistant, Mma Makutsi, who decides to leave the agency, taking the 97 percent she received on her typing final from the Botswana Secretarial College with her.

Along the way, Mma Ramotswe is asked to investigate a couple of tricky cases. Will she be able to explain an unexpected series of deaths at the hospital in Mochudi? And what about the missing office supplies at a local printing company? These are the types of questions that she is uniquely well suited to answer.

In the end, whatever happens, Mma Ramotswe knows she can count on Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who stands for all that is solid and true in a shifting world. And there is always her love for Botswana, a country of which she is justifiably proud.

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Detective Precious Ramotswe has her hands full with her assistant's resignation, as well as a set of cases involving unexplained deaths at a nearby hospital, an allegedly cheating husband, and thievery at a local printing company.

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