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The Colors of All the Cattle: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (19) (No. 1… (original 2018; edition 2018)

by Alexander McCall Smith (Author)

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Precious Ramotswe dips her toe into the world of politics in the newest addition to the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to promise anything beyond what she can deliver--hence her slogan: "I can't promise anything--but I shall do my best." To everyone's surprise, she wins. As it turns out, politics does not agree with Mma Ramotswe. Though everyone is supportive, she eventually resigns. She thinks there will be a new election, but she discovers that the rules state that in such an event, the runner-up automatically takes the seat. Violet is triumphant, and sure that she will get the Big Fun Hotel planning application through without a hitch. But Mma Makutsi and Mma Potokwane are not about to make it easy for her. Through it all, Mma Ramotswe uses her good humor and generosity of spirit to help the community navigate divisive issues, and proves that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.… (more)
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Title:The Colors of All the Cattle: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (19) (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series)
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Precious Ramotswe was forced to run for local council elections, and she won by being endearingly honest about her limitations. She didn't think she would win and even voted for her rival. Luckily for her, she was able to quit after fulfilling her mission. As always, there are always things to learn from Ramotswe. Here, I learned that it is always better to talk things over. This was the advice she gave Charlie, that he should talk to her ex-girlfriend instead of just assuming they are incompatible and breaking off their relationship without hearing what she wants. ( )
  siok | Mar 6, 2021 |
Another beautiful book in this thoroughly enjoyable series. ( )
  jeanbmac | Jul 28, 2020 |
Mma Ramotswe has her hands full with a hit-and-run investigation and possible political career. The other characters also explore their roles and Charlie seems to be falling in love with a woman out of his league. Another great installment to this gentle, charcter-driven series. ( )
  4leschats | Jul 15, 2020 |
Lightweight even for this series, the mystery wasn't for long and the council election was pure fantasy with all the annoying parts and not much fun. ( )
  quondame | Dec 26, 2019 |
At first I am surprised that Silvia and Grace would coerce Precious into running for a seat on the local council but... both women are opinionated dynamos, and good, concerned citizens. They know that Mma Ramotswe was genuine, and that her sincerity, care and integrity would appeal to most people.

With Charlie's help Precious is able to resolve an important case involving an honored Mochudi elder.

Charlie, finally, matures just enough to see the importance of making good choices in life.

I was sad thinking this book was the last in the series when I learned that another title has just been published. So glad!
  Bookish59 | Sep 21, 2019 |
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Precious Ramotswe dips her toe into the world of politics in the newest addition to the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to promise anything beyond what she can deliver--hence her slogan: "I can't promise anything--but I shall do my best." To everyone's surprise, she wins. As it turns out, politics does not agree with Mma Ramotswe. Though everyone is supportive, she eventually resigns. She thinks there will be a new election, but she discovers that the rules state that in such an event, the runner-up automatically takes the seat. Violet is triumphant, and sure that she will get the Big Fun Hotel planning application through without a hitch. But Mma Makutsi and Mma Potokwane are not about to make it easy for her. Through it all, Mma Ramotswe uses her good humor and generosity of spirit to help the community navigate divisive issues, and proves that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.

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