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The Kalahari Typing School for Men (2002)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (4)

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Another good addition to The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency though a bit choppy compared to the others.

A competing detective agency opens in Botswana run by a misogynistic egotistic blowhard distressing Ramotswe and Makutsi.

A client asks Ramotswe to assist him in making amends for an old wrongdoing. Makutsi starts her own small business and finds romance. Once again Ramotswe consults with the wise and kind-hearted Potokwani and receives insightful advice.

Good quick read.
  Bookish59 | Feb 28, 2019 |
Oh god, the racial stereotyping, it burns! Yes, we get it, all African women are solid mother figures, all African men are either shiftless good for nothings or sheep like "good" men to be manipulated and molded. Screw it. I've been meaning to read one of these for years just to see what the fuss was all about, should not have bothered... BTW, did you know that the author is also a reasonably accomplished bioethicist? ( )
  RekhainBC | Feb 15, 2019 |
Mostly light, with a bit of melancholy wafting about. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books make perfect reading on tired evenings -- they're pleasant and fun to read, but they don't keep me up at night. I especially enjoy the bits about Botswanian culture that are worked in. ( )
  LizoksBooks | Dec 15, 2018 |
Mma Makutsi decides to start a new venture that utilizes her secretarial school training while Mma Ramotswe handles a number of cases at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. I read this book quite some time ago, but I very much enjoyed the early books in this series (particularly before they started becoming overly redundant). The characters are interesting to read about and the mysteries are satisfying. A nice cozy read for when you want something on the lighter side. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 22, 2018 |
In this fourth entry in the series the cases brought to the agency have to do with deception, that, and a guilty conscience caused by an act of deception from the past. And, as often happens, it just takes a few social calls and several well-placed nudges to get things to work themselves out. I believe I caught the author making a cameo appearance there near the end in the photograph Mma Ramotswe saw while on a visit to a friend. When she said, ‘It seems that he is looking at me,’...’He is smiling at me,’ I found myself smiling too. ( )
  wandaly | Aug 5, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 140003180X, Paperback)

THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 4

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.

Mma Precious Ramotswe is content. Her business is well established with many satisfied customers, and in her mid-thirties (“the finest age to be”) she has a house, two adopted children, a fine fiancé. But, as always, there are troubles. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has not set the date for their marriage. Her able assistant, Mma Makutsi, wants a husband. And worse, a rival detective agency has opened in town—an agency that does not have the gentle approach to business that Mma Ramotswe’s does. But, of course, Precious will manage these things, as she always does, with her uncanny insight and her good heart.

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After the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is firmly established, founder Precious Ramotswe faces new challenges at home and at work, from problems with her adopted son to an assistant who dreams of opening a typing school for men.

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