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In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Title:In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith
Info:New York : Anchor Books, 2006, c2004.
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Best installment so far in this series! Interestingly, while the detective agency does have a case to solve, for the most part this installment is more about the personal lives of the main characters. McCall Smith continues to bring reflections on the ever changing culture of Botswana as the country continues to modernize/industrialize and adopt more first world values, not all of which are worthy of adoption. The secret from Mma Ramotswe's past even caused me to give a small gasp, I found it to be so unexpected!

Overall, continuing to enjoy this cozy/comfort detective series filled with social and moral insights. ( )
  lkernagh | Jun 18, 2017 |
In this volume in the series, Precious discovers an intruder under her bed who leaves his pants tangled in the bed springs. The same night, someone leaves a pumpkin on her front porch. Meanwhile the apprentice, Charlie, has taken up with a rich woman which leads to a conflict with Grace Makutsi and he quits the apprenticeship at garage.

The Agency is hired to find an embezzler and Prescious' ex-husband shows up to blackmail her for being a bigamist for not having divorced him before marrying Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni..

Other stories taking place along with the ones mentioned are Grace Makutsi taking up ballroom dance lessons and meeting a shy man who stutters but is obviously smitten by her and Precious' white van is stolen.

This volume is especially concerned with the personal lives of most of the main characters and bringing the issues that are hinted about in the background in previous volumes to closure. It almost seems McCall Smith is preparing to finish the series. ( )
  lamour | Apr 14, 2017 |
Book number six in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Despite looking at the beginning like it's setting up an odd little mystery, this one basically abandons even the thinnest traces of a detective story plot. And that is absolutely fine, because, as always, the appeal of this series is in the setting and the characters, and there's some really good character stuff here. ( )
  bragan | Sep 9, 2016 |
Another good read in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Preferred it to some of the recent books in the series. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
How could the characters from The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency be so warm and lovable when Isobel Dalhousie is so detestable? Will read more of this series. ( )
  .cris | May 31, 2016 |
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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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