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In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (2004)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (6)

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is lovely. It's a nice break from hectic books or long books or complex books. It also really helps to listen to the audiobook and hear Leslie Lecat's voice in your head as you continue the series in book format. Charming and relaxing. ( )
  Alliebadger | Nov 7, 2014 |
"In the Company of Cheerful Ladies" is a story of a short time in Mma Ramotswe's life. She is the founder of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Mma Ramotswe had an appointment at a restaurant. She noticed a car sideswipe another vehicle and leave the scene. When she leaves her seat to see if she can read the car's license plate, she's accused of trying to leave without paying her bill. She settles this dispute and goes home. Once there, she's surprised when a man crawls out from under her bed and runs away. What made her even more surprised is that the man wasn't wearing any pants.

The start of the story seemed to be a prequel to what would be happening later on. The scene of the man running from Mma Ramotswe's home in that state of undress seemed like a scene of a Pink Panther movie with Inspector Clouseau.

Other items on Mma Ramotswe's plate are her former husband returning home and attempting to blackmail her This isn't bad enough but she wants to know what was behind an employee of Mma Ramotswe's husband who quits his job to be with a wealthy woman.

We never find out what the story was about the man under the bed and the rest of the story is a simple story with no violence and filled with interesting people.” ( )
  mikedraper | Aug 28, 2014 |
I love the optimistic atmosphere and simplicity. Wonderful reader. Good family read, peaceful and relaxing. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |

This almost doesn't merit a review. I mean, it's a mystery series. They're all essentially the same, so you could just go read my review of the previous book instead. What keeps them fresh for me is the continuing desire to actually meet someone like Mma Ramotswe in real life. What would she sound like? What would her mannerisms be? In this volume, you learn that she has wide feet and a surprising difficulty facing up to a particular part of her past, but in all other aspects she remains the same. We are introduced to a couple new characters, but the environs also remain the same. I suppose the books are comfort 'food'. You can read them in bed or on the beach, and not worry about your mind drifting to other things because when it returns to the book it will be familiar and understandable and essentially the same as when you left it. ( )
  khage | Sep 25, 2013 |
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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.

Precious is busier than usual at the detective agency when she discovers an intruder in her house on Zebra Drive—and perhaps even more baffling--a pumpkin on her porch. Her associate, Mma Makutsi, also has a full plate. She's taken up dance lessons, only to be partnered with a man with two left feet. And at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is already overburdened with work, one of his apprentices has run off with a wealthy older woman. But what finally rattles Mma Ramotswe’s normally unshakable composure is a visitor who forces her to confront a difficult secret from her past.

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"Precious Ramotswe finds herself overly beset by problems. She is already busier than usual at the detective agency when added to her concerns are a strange intruder in her house on Zebra Drive and the baffling appearance of a pumpkin. And then there is Mma Makutsi, who decides to treat herself to dance lessons, only to be partnered with a man who seems to have two left feet. Nor are things running quite as smoothly as they usually do at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. Mma Ramotswe's husband, the estimable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, is overburdened with work even before one of his apprentices runs off with a wealthy woman. But what finally rattles Mma Ramotswe's normally unshakable composure is a visitor who forces her to confront a secret from her past." "All this unfolds against the sunlit background of Mma Ramotswe's beloved homeland, Botswana - a land of empty spaces, echoing skies, and an endless supply of soothing bush tea."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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