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Alexander McCall Smith’s beloved, bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series continues as Botswana’s best and kindest detective finds her personal and professional lives have become entangled.
Precious Ramotswe is very busy these days. The best apprentice at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors is in trouble with the law and stuck with the worst lawyer in Gaborone. Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are building the house of their dreams, but their builder is not completely on the up and up. Most shockingly, Mma Potokwane, the orphan farm’s respected matron, has been dismissed from her post. Mma Ramotswe is not about to rest when her friends are mistreated. Help arrives from an unexpected visitor. He is none other than the estimable Mr. Clovis Andersen, author of The Principles of Private Detection, the No. 1 Ladies’ prized manual. Together, Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi, and their colleague help right injustices that occur even in their beloved Botswana, and in the process discover something new about being a good detective.
“In Mma Ramotswe, [McCall Smith] minted one of the most memorable heroines in any modern fiction.” —Newsweek
“Enthralling. . . . Mma Ramotswe is someone readers can’t help but love.” —USA Today
“If you’ve never read a No. 1 Ladies’, now’s the time. . . . The brilliance of this series … is that what may seem like tiny cases expand into considerations of virtue, love, ambition, greed, and evil.” —Booklist (starred review)
“An oasis. . . . Full of wit, nuance, and caring.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Smart and sassy . . . [with] the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once.” —Los Angeles Times
“There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books.” —The New York Times Book Review
“These gentle stories of manners and morality have a clarity that . . . seems far harder to discern in our own rushed, deadline-driven lives.” —The Scotsman
“Endearing, amusing. . . . Sparkles with African sunshine and wit.” —Dallas Morning News
“The best, most charming, honest, hilarious, and life-affirming books to appear in years.” —The Plain Dealer