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In this sixth novel in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe is busier than usual at the agency when an unidentified intruder in her house on Zebra Road, and the sudden appearance of a mysterious pumpkin, add to her concerns. Also, things aren't running quite as smoothly as they usually do next door at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors where her husband—Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni—is overburdened with work even before one of his apprentices runs off with a wealthy woman. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi has decided to take up dancing lessons. But what really threatens Precious's resolve is the vistor from her past who forces Mma Ramotswe to confront a secret of her own.
In the background of all this is Botswana, a country of empty spaces and echoing skies, a country so entrancingand heartbreakingly beautiful.
“It is impossible to come away from an Alexander McCall Smith ‘mystery’ novel without a smile on the lips.” —Chicago Sun-Times
"A literary confection of . . . gossamer deliciousness. . . . There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from [this book]."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Enchanting. . . . In the Company of Cheerful Ladies may be the most compelling of the lot." —Daily News
"Put on the teakettle, find your place in the sun and settle in for a genteel journey. . . . McCall Smith has brewed up a gem of a story as rich as . . . red bush tea."
—Rocky Mountain News
"Beguiling, lyrical. . . . Cheerful Ladies is blessed with . . . McCall Smith's richly detailed portraits of life in Africa and his flair for storytelling with an engaging cast of fully realized characters." —Los Angeles Times