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The Miracle at Speedy Motors

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (9)

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In the ninth mystery of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe visits a game preserve to uncover the truth about an elderly American traveler whose safari proves to be his last journey.

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This is not my favorite book of the whole series but it is still really good. It seemed to move a little slower...more about personal lives and less about cases. It was still wonderful and I love this series. ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
Alexander McCall Smith strikes exactly the right balance between comfort and realism. He does not shy away from human nature but treats his characters and readers with great kindliness. This might be my favorite of the series. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2008]

**More delightful philosophising from Mma Ramotswe (Book 9 in the Series)**

Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's 'Ladies Detective Agency' series are sure to enjoy this latest offering. I just love the series. The author has a talent for making you feel right at home in Gabarone, Botswana, with Mma Ramotswe, Mr J.L.P. Matekoni, Mma Makutsi and the other colourful characters in the novels. Crossing continents is not a problem as McCall Smith brings these characters to life in a wonderfully vivid way.

With touches of understated comic irony, this series are just a delightful light-hearted read. Watch out for the moral elements - Mma Ramotswe spends a lot of her time philosophising on life, and the good old days in particular when morals were better, young people were more polite, there was more respect in society and, of course, there were more 'traditionally built' women too!... but her moments of reflection just add to the charm of this series!

In 'The Miracle at Speedy Motors', Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi (newly promoted to 'Associate' Detective (!) have some detective work to deal with, including a nasty piece of malicious mail and a lady who has requested that the detectives find her some relatives... Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is hoping for a miracle; Mma Makutsi has some life crises of her own; Will Mma Makutsi and young Charlie, the apprentice finally see eye-to-eye?!; and we hear a bit more about Mma Ramotswe and Mr J. L. B. Matekoni's fostered children, Motholeli and Puso, in this book too. All-in-all you'll find here a few delightful hours of pure light-hearted entertainment. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 12, 2020 |
Good book, a little confusing to get all the African names straight but very enjoyable. It seems that Africa is a nicer place than most places in America. Everyone is hospitable and welcomes even strangers into their homes. I really felt bad for Mma Makutsi and her bed. That got resolved along with other things. Very light entertaining reading ( )
  LilQuebe | Feb 5, 2020 |
It's a gentle read, a balm. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
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Alexander McCall Smithprimary authorall editionscalculated
Carlsson, PederTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my wife, Elizabeth, a kind doctor, worker of miracles
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The correct address of Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's foremost solver of problems - in the sense that this was where she could be found between eight in the morning and five in the afternoon, except when she was not there - was the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, c/o Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Gaborone, Botswana.
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In the ninth mystery of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe visits a game preserve to uncover the truth about an elderly American traveler whose safari proves to be his last journey.

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