Mma Ramotswe is back in the fourth book in the endearing "No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. This time, Mma Ramotswe has to help a guilt-ridden client find peace, while at the same time enduring the challenges of being a new parent. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is determined to make a future for herself – a future that might just include a little romance. And through it all, the two entrepreneurial women are faced with their greatest challenge yet... competition from a newly arrived male private detective whose impudence knows no bounds.
Every volume in this series makes it clear that McCall Smith is an incredibly talented author. He writes in such a way that the characters become dear friends, the culture is brought to life, and the conflicts are felt deeply by the readers. I think of these books as the type that I want to read on a Sunday afternoon, quiet and engaging, thought-provoking and moving, heartwarming and captivating. They'll leave one with the feeling of a warm fall day, at ease and satisfied.
It is too bad more people aren't aware of this series, it is enjoyable on so many levels, mystery, African culture, societal mores, strong female characters, romance, thoughts on what it is to be humane, etc. So glad I happened on to the series on HBO which led me to these books.
Precious Ramotswe encounters challenges with her foster children. Grace Makutsi begins a business and experiences romance. JLB finally lays to rest the orphanage pump...In other words, it is beautiful Botswana, and everyone will find the answers to their problems.
It felt really good to see Makutsi shine in this one! You go Makutsi! We're rooting for you!
The sherlock holmes-ing continue with Mme Ramotswe and her assistant, with a little romance too. Got to give credit to Mme Matsuti (sp?) for creating a new job opportunity for herself. Look forward to getting into next Book (#5). Recommend.
A great, light read.
Once again Mma Ramotswe is back in great form as a traditionally built lady who tries to help people out. After consolidating their businesses to one location, Mma finds out through Mma Makutsi that there is going to be some tough talking competition in town. Soon she is deep in to solving two investigations that she doesn?t really want but feels compelled to take. Mma Makutsi is also in trouble, financially, and decides to open her own typing school with the help from her dear friends Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B Matekoni. Mma Ramotswe soon finds the solution to one of the investigations may be too close to home!
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