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Title: The Miracle at Speedy Motors
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Published April 15th 2008 by Pantheon Books (first published 2008)
ISBN: 9780375424489
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Under the endless skies of Botswana, there is always something Mma Ramotswe can do to help someone and here she finds herself assisting a woman looking for her family. The problem is the woman doesn't know her real name or whether any of her family members are still alive. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is the recipient of a beautiful new bed that causes more than a few sleepless Under the endless skies of Botswana, there is always something Mma Ramotswe can do to help someone and here she finds herself assisting a woman looking for her family. The problem is the woman doesn't know her real name or whether any of her family members are still alive. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is the recipient of a beautiful new bed that causes more than a few sleepless nights. And, at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has come under the influence of a doctor promising a miracle cure for his daughter's medical condition, which Mma Ramotswe finds hard to accept. Nonetheless, Precious Ramotswe handles these things in her usual compassionate and good-natured way, while always finding time for a cup of red bush tea.

30 review for The Miracle at Speedy Motors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    This is another slow-moving tale of Precious Rawotse, her assistant, Mma Makutsi, her husband, and others in the continuing cast. As usual, not much goes on, but we get to spend a little more time with comfortable personalities and continue our slow look at Smith’s idea of Botswana. In this one, Precious tries to find the true history of a woman who had been an orphan. Mma Makutsi must contend with her desire for a large, fancy bed, and leaving it out in the rain when it doesn’t fit into her hom This is another slow-moving tale of Precious Rawotse, her assistant, Mma Makutsi, her husband, and others in the continuing cast. As usual, not much goes on, but we get to spend a little more time with comfortable personalities and continue our slow look at Smith’s idea of Botswana. In this one, Precious tries to find the true history of a woman who had been an orphan. Mma Makutsi must contend with her desire for a large, fancy bed, and leaving it out in the rain when it doesn’t fit into her home. Precious suspects that threatening letters addressed to her may be coming from a part-time employee, and JLB Matekoni has taken their adopted, crippled daughter to look into a possible cure for her. Charming, but at this point, filler. If you are new to the series. I would stop, go back and read The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. It makes a difference seeing the characters develop over the volumes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    To read a book in this series is to take a mini-vacation. The world seems calmer, the people more noble and kind, the pace of life relaxingly slow. The mysteries that form the plot of this novel -- and its companions in the series -- are beside the point. It's the time spent with Mma Ramotswe, her loyal and ambitious assistants, her humble and soft-spoken husband, and the strong-willed matron of the orphan farm which matter. After sitting for a while with Mma Ramotswe (with or without a cup of b To read a book in this series is to take a mini-vacation. The world seems calmer, the people more noble and kind, the pace of life relaxingly slow. The mysteries that form the plot of this novel -- and its companions in the series -- are beside the point. It's the time spent with Mma Ramotswe, her loyal and ambitious assistants, her humble and soft-spoken husband, and the strong-willed matron of the orphan farm which matter. After sitting for a while with Mma Ramotswe (with or without a cup of bush tea in hand),you vow to live a life based on the Botswana values of courtesy and friendship. That ambition may not last long when you've returned to reality, but it's certainly pleasant to enjoy the world of Botswana for a bit, and if you can recall a little of its peace and beauty in a moment of chaos and conflict, well, Mma Ramotswe would approve.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    "Mrs. Moffat had taken her hand for comfort, and they had sat there in silence for awhile. Sometimes it seemed as if the world itself was broken, that there was something wrong with all of us, something broken in such a way that it might not be put together again; but the holding of hands, human hand in human hand, could help, could make the world seem less broken." This was my most favorite book of the series, and I sincerely hope it won't be the last one. I really enjoyed the development of the "Mrs. Moffat had taken her hand for comfort, and they had sat there in silence for awhile. Sometimes it seemed as if the world itself was broken, that there was something wrong with all of us, something broken in such a way that it might not be put together again; but the holding of hands, human hand in human hand, could help, could make the world seem less broken." This was my most favorite book of the series, and I sincerely hope it won't be the last one. I really enjoyed the development of the main characters, but most especially loved that there were more interactions with Mma Ramotswe and her foster children. I was moved to tears when Mma Ramotswe took a drive with Puso and later when she sold some cattle for Motholeli. I guess it's the mother in me that fell in love even more with Mma Ramotswe in this book, as she seems (at last) to embrace being a mother herself. And thank heavens that Mma Makutsi's new glasses went the way of Mma Ramotswe's diet! I can't bear any changes of appearance in either of them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Second read: These books get better as the series go on, and the rereads are better than the first reads. I can't think of any other series I feel this way about. Nobody does kindness like Mma. Ramotswe. I wish Alexander McCall Smith could teach classes on it. But he doesn't need to. This series does that for him. Lisette Lecat, the audiobook narrator for this entire series, can't be outdone with her performances of these books. This series is wonderful, the audios are possibly even better, you'l Second read: These books get better as the series go on, and the rereads are better than the first reads. I can't think of any other series I feel this way about. Nobody does kindness like Mma. Ramotswe. I wish Alexander McCall Smith could teach classes on it. But he doesn't need to. This series does that for him. Lisette Lecat, the audiobook narrator for this entire series, can't be outdone with her performances of these books. This series is wonderful, the audios are possibly even better, you'll learn a lot about Botswana, you'll smile, you'll cry at times too, these books are everything I look for in a book. Everything! I need to buy the whole series so I can underline and highlight to my little heart's content! <><><><><><><> First read: Another solid book from the No. 1 Ladies series. These are perfect to have on your MP3 player for when you can't sleep. There's no non-stop action, they're just warm and wise. Usually no murders, just hometown stuff. I enjoy them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    These books surprised me, because most detectives investigate murders and stuff, and I hate murder mysteries. A lot. (Sorry, Jen. I love you!) No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, though, are just consistently feel-good, introspective character studies and pools of knowledge about human nature. On top of that, they are really fast to read, and finishing a book always makes me feel good about myself. I don't read them in order, so don't let this review fool you--I haven't read them all. Eventually I wil These books surprised me, because most detectives investigate murders and stuff, and I hate murder mysteries. A lot. (Sorry, Jen. I love you!) No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, though, are just consistently feel-good, introspective character studies and pools of knowledge about human nature. On top of that, they are really fast to read, and finishing a book always makes me feel good about myself. I don't read them in order, so don't let this review fool you--I haven't read them all. Eventually I will. As usual, after having finished this one, I carried Precious Ramotswe around in my head for several days, pretending (and wishing) we were friends. To the extent that when the Botswana team marched into National Stadium, I did an extra little cheer for them, because that's where my friend is from. Yep. It's a sickness.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Petra X

    Another feel-good book about the no. 1 lady detective, Precious Ramotswe and her slightly off-kilter assistant Mma Makutse set in Botswana. The plots are irrelevant, the many characters are beautifully-drawn and the author's love of Botswana shines through. Indeed, one of the pleasures of this series of books, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, is revisiting the interesting characters that populate the stories, much like meeting old friends and have a slice of fruit cake, a cup of tea and a cha Another feel-good book about the no. 1 lady detective, Precious Ramotswe and her slightly off-kilter assistant Mma Makutse set in Botswana. The plots are irrelevant, the many characters are beautifully-drawn and the author's love of Botswana shines through. Indeed, one of the pleasures of this series of books, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, is revisiting the interesting characters that populate the stories, much like meeting old friends and have a slice of fruit cake, a cup of tea and a chat together.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    What a lovely visit with friends! Smith conveys a warmth in the series that is ignited with every book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy

    I love this series by Alexander McCall Smith. Each entry is charming, witty, and compassionate in its understanding of human frailties and human relationships. Each one is such a pleasure to read that the reader dreads coming to the end. The mysteries that Precious Ramotswe solves are not grand and important mysteries involving murder, theft, and drugs. They are the every day mysteries that people struggle with. Who were my real parents? Who is writing threatening letters and why? Is this man rea I love this series by Alexander McCall Smith. Each entry is charming, witty, and compassionate in its understanding of human frailties and human relationships. Each one is such a pleasure to read that the reader dreads coming to the end. The mysteries that Precious Ramotswe solves are not grand and important mysteries involving murder, theft, and drugs. They are the every day mysteries that people struggle with. Who were my real parents? Who is writing threatening letters and why? Is this man really who he says he is? Mma Ramotswe tackles these mysteries with all her energy, passion, and determination and she changes people's lives in the process. And not only the lives of her clients, but those of her family and her associates as well. She changes the reader's life, too, I think. I am a better, more patient, and more understanding person for having read these quirky novels. Spending time in a McCall Smith Botswana novel is like a gentle vacation in an idyllic land where everyone is basically decent and caring and wants to do the right thing. Maybe it is a fantasy land, but once you are there and once you are hooked, you never want to leave.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Mma Ramotswe is back, and so is the quiet, gentle, easy reading, courtesy of Alexander McCall Smith. As usual, there really is no big mystery for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but that hardly matters. Precious Ramotswe tries to track down a woman's relatives, Mma Makutsi gets a new (and unusual) bed, and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni hopes for a miracle when he takes his daughter to a doctor in Johannesburg. There's nothing complex about this novel, which makes it a nice "in between" reading choice. I Mma Ramotswe is back, and so is the quiet, gentle, easy reading, courtesy of Alexander McCall Smith. As usual, there really is no big mystery for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but that hardly matters. Precious Ramotswe tries to track down a woman's relatives, Mma Makutsi gets a new (and unusual) bed, and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni hopes for a miracle when he takes his daughter to a doctor in Johannesburg. There's nothing complex about this novel, which makes it a nice "in between" reading choice. I can now move along to something completely different.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judie

    I started reading and the cadence of the words started up in my mind. I skim a lot, but this is one series that I read every word. To skip anything would spoil it. I love these books!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    The ninth entry in Alexander McCall Smith's perennially popular Ladies' Detective Agency stories is much like the previous instalment, THE GOOD HUSBAND OF ZEBRA DRIVE. It's ably written, of course, and much like settling into a comfy, much-favoured armchair; by now you know exactly what's going to happen: not much plot, not much detective work, lots of characterisation, plenty of gentle humour and situations that explore the human mind. Unfortunately, I had a bone of contention with this one whic The ninth entry in Alexander McCall Smith's perennially popular Ladies' Detective Agency stories is much like the previous instalment, THE GOOD HUSBAND OF ZEBRA DRIVE. It's ably written, of course, and much like settling into a comfy, much-favoured armchair; by now you know exactly what's going to happen: not much plot, not much detective work, lots of characterisation, plenty of gentle humour and situations that explore the human mind. Unfortunately, I had a bone of contention with this one which took me out of the story a bit: Mma Ramotswe's suspicion of an innocent character, who plays the part of an obvious red herring. Ramotswe, who has by now sleuthed her way through no less than eight detective stories, should really know better and comes across as, well, a bit slow-witted. Not what I'd expected from her. The ending, too, is over obvious, and it feels like Smith has spent a lot more time working on mood and gentle reflection rather than plot. There are still plenty of poignant moments, of course, and the book has a feel-good factor that's rarely replicated in other works of fiction; I just wish more time was spent on developing genuinely intriguing scenarios rather than going for the obvious and simplistic each time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hawn Smith

    This is another wonderful book by Alexander McCall Smith. I feel like I know the characters and every new book is a visit home to find out how things are with my "family" in Botswana. Again, the books are not about solving a mystery. I think the mystery is a philosophical vehicle for the author's ideas and people with the children of his heart. Although some find these to be lightweight, I have a different take on them. Throughout literature, characters have been created that transcend their boo This is another wonderful book by Alexander McCall Smith. I feel like I know the characters and every new book is a visit home to find out how things are with my "family" in Botswana. Again, the books are not about solving a mystery. I think the mystery is a philosophical vehicle for the author's ideas and people with the children of his heart. Although some find these to be lightweight, I have a different take on them. Throughout literature, characters have been created that transcend their books and become real. Take, for instance, Dickins' wonderful characters such as Scrooge, the Artful Dodger, Oliver, Barkas, Mr. Micawber and a host of others. Then there are the fiends such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and Mephistopheles. And who doesn't have a picture in their mind of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn? I feel the same way about Precious Ramotswe, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni and Mma Makutsi. They have become more than characters in a book and I look forward to spending time with them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shelah

    Yet another installment in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This time Mma Ramotswe and her cast of characters destroy a heart-shaped bed, and reunite a long-separated brother and sister. I always pick up these books at the library, and then put off reading them, because I think I'm not going to like them. And while it's true that seem almost too innocent, too hopeful, I usually decide, like I did with The Miracle at Speedy Motors, that occasionally, reading about Mma Ramotswe's Botswana is jus Yet another installment in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This time Mma Ramotswe and her cast of characters destroy a heart-shaped bed, and reunite a long-separated brother and sister. I always pick up these books at the library, and then put off reading them, because I think I'm not going to like them. And while it's true that seem almost too innocent, too hopeful, I usually decide, like I did with The Miracle at Speedy Motors, that occasionally, reading about Mma Ramotswe's Botswana is just what I need. I always laugh that these books are classified as mysteries, because the greatest mystery in this book is whether or not a woman's long-deceased mother is really her mother. Instead, the book is mostly about family, friendship, rootedness to place, and living with purpose.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    What I like about the No. 1 Ladies Detective series are the snapshots of ordinariness that it gives (ordinariness in Botswana, that is). I liked the first one the best--seemed a little more in-depth on Botswana. Precious Ramotswe is less of a detective in the usual murder-mayhem sense and more a person who helps people with their problems. If you're looking for a mystery, probably Nancy Drew has more suspense. But they are pleasant reads for those times when you just want to smile. And there's a What I like about the No. 1 Ladies Detective series are the snapshots of ordinariness that it gives (ordinariness in Botswana, that is). I liked the first one the best--seemed a little more in-depth on Botswana. Precious Ramotswe is less of a detective in the usual murder-mayhem sense and more a person who helps people with their problems. If you're looking for a mystery, probably Nancy Drew has more suspense. But they are pleasant reads for those times when you just want to smile. And there's also a woman at work who looks exactly as I would imagine Mma Makutsi to be. It makes me giggle when I run into her on the elevator.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Teri-K

    Another lovely addition to the series. These are not books that grab me from the first sentence and won't let me put them down. Instead I read a chapter or two a day, enjoying spending some time with Mma Ramotswe, Mr. Matekoni and the others in a place where life moves more slowly and there's always time for a cup of hot tea. This particular book deals a bit with the difficulties of relationships and the importance of honesty between people. I very much enjoyed it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stig

    Yet another No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel - I love these books. I know this is not much of a review, but the characters are great, things happen at a leisurely pace and the mysteries are not solved through violence, but through common sense and knowledge of human nature. A real feel-good read. My current Sunday evening treat is watching this series on BBC1.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    While Lisette Lecat did a fine job narrating this entry in the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, I was disappointed by the book itself. It was OK but certain phrases were repeated too often (e.g. Mma Ramotswe's car being always referred to as her 'tiny white van'). If you like these characters, it is enjoyable enough but nowhere near as good as the first book in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maeve

    As usual these books are cute and heartwarming! And make me want to drink all the tea. Also I’m not reading them in order, whoops...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    The world slows to a snail's pace.. conversations, explanations, observations and thoughts are all carefully considered. This is the world of Mma Ramotswe and her friends. To us who live in a fast-paced world, we sigh at this as our conversations and words tumble out easily and often without too much thought. We move quickly and are so easily bored. We do not consider for too long the precious things, but long for them when they are gone. We chase painful thoughts from our mind and go on to the The world slows to a snail's pace.. conversations, explanations, observations and thoughts are all carefully considered. This is the world of Mma Ramotswe and her friends. To us who live in a fast-paced world, we sigh at this as our conversations and words tumble out easily and often without too much thought. We move quickly and are so easily bored. We do not consider for too long the precious things, but long for them when they are gone. We chase painful thoughts from our mind and go on to the next bright thing as we skim through our days. Perhaps a life more closely examined is the antidote to apathy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mitch

    You know, it becomes increasingly difficult to say something original about a book series that operates on a winning formula. This is about the tenth book I've read in McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and it has all the characteristics that make all the others good reads. Added advantage: if you like one, you'll like them all most probably. If you haven't tried these gentle, folksy Botswannan traditionally built mysteries, do yourself a favor, Mma or Rra, and read one today!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Another quaint and soothing read in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. The "mystery" isn't really the point in these books, it's the characters, their issues, and how they get lovingly solved that hooks readers like me on the books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chandana Sruthi

    Finally, i was able to finish it.. The book is slow and it took a little more time to get my hands on this book. The story happens in a small town called Botswana and about a famous lady detective in town named Mma Ramotswe, her assistant Mma Makutsi (names are little difficult to pronounce and that also one more reason made me go slow) with their office situated in her husband garage. These detectives don't solve any murder mysteries because in a small town called Botswana you will not expect li Finally, i was able to finish it.. The book is slow and it took a little more time to get my hands on this book. The story happens in a small town called Botswana and about a famous lady detective in town named Mma Ramotswe, her assistant Mma Makutsi (names are little difficult to pronounce and that also one more reason made me go slow) with their office situated in her husband garage. These detectives don't solve any murder mysteries because in a small town called Botswana you will not expect like these things to happen. Like Mma Ramotswe told 'If some one goes to robber a bank in Botswana ,you could simply threaten to tell there mothers'. So they take up really small cases like finding a missing family member or a late person property belongs to correct person in their family. So now a women comes to them asking for finding a relative of hers. Along with that Mma Ramotswe receives a very upsetting threatening letter. Now she needs to find the both people. At the same time one of her foster child,Motholeli , has problem with backbone makes her permanently depend on her wheel chair . During one of the his task of repairing cars, J.L.B. Matekoni, have a good chat with retired doctor, says that he can help to solve Motholeli problem, he believes this miracle to happen and takes her to hospital which he recommended. The story mostly covered the relationship between the people of Botswana.How animals, relatives, friends, family plays a important role in everyone's life. I like the charlie character, he is spoiled brat and funny who doesn't want to complete apprenticeship in her husband garage. I got to know a complete new set of traditions and values of a small town called Botswana.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chitra Ahanthem

    Wheneer I am in a readin slump...reading a No. 1 Ladies's Detective Agency book does wonders for me...those who are familiar wit this series will know the carm of the world that Mme Ramotse lives in and how she goes about life ad solving the many interesting cases that comes her way.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dalletta Reed

    Alexander McCall Smith is a wonderful writer. He brings Africa to life.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Morgan

    Number 9 of the series is not too bad. Mma. Makutski has bed troubles. Mma. Ramotswe investigates for a woman who wants to find her real family, but has no real facts to give for a starting point. The rains come to Botswana with their welcome beauty, but also some problems. And Mr. JLB Matekoni meets a doctor who thinks he can perform a miracle and Motholeli can walk again...perhaps. But it will cost money.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Francesca Hampton

    Slow-paced, compassionate, observant and wonderful as ever. I would never have thought the author could continue to add so much to his observations of life in Botswana but each book contains new revelations far beyond the plot.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I was charmed immediately by Alexander McCall Smith's character Precious Ramotswe in his first book "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency". Since reading that first book several years ago I have eagerly inhaled all the books in that series including his latest "Miracle at Speedy Motors". "Miracle at Speedy Motors" continues in the same languid vein of the previous books. We follow Mma Ramotswe throughout her adventures in Botswana and at her place of business right next to Speedy Motors on the Tlokw I was charmed immediately by Alexander McCall Smith's character Precious Ramotswe in his first book "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency". Since reading that first book several years ago I have eagerly inhaled all the books in that series including his latest "Miracle at Speedy Motors". "Miracle at Speedy Motors" continues in the same languid vein of the previous books. We follow Mma Ramotswe throughout her adventures in Botswana and at her place of business right next to Speedy Motors on the Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe works on one case throughout this book of a woman looking for her relatives. This story line I found somewhat less than entertaining. Meanwhile we are given a comical peek into the romance of Mma Ramotswe's assistant Mma Makutsi and her fiance' Phuti Radiphuti. It was this aspect of the books that kept me entertained, laughing, and eager for McCall Smith's next installment. One thing that I hugely appreciate in Alexander McCall Smith's writing is his positive view of adoption. Being an adoptive mom of one and waiting for her daughter to come home from Ethiopia this message rings sweet to my heart. In this book there is a situation between Mma Ramotswe and her foster son that is written with such reality and tenderness that it made me weep. Smith truly understands the heart of adoption. My recommendation is to read these books with you ears. The audio books are just superb!! South-African born Lisette Lecat as narrator brings nuance and humor to the story. To hear the text spoken with the clicks and accent of the language is captivating.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Hagen

    The Miracle at Speedy Motors: a No. 1 Ladies Detectives mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith, narrator, as always, is Lisette Lecat. Produced by recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com. Lisette Lecat has read all of the No. 1 Ladies Detectives mysteries. I can’t imagine them read by anyone else. Lecat is from South Africa, which, to my untrained ear at least, makes her accent work for Botswana. In this book, Precious Ramotzwe has a new client who wants to find out who her real parents were as s The Miracle at Speedy Motors: a No. 1 Ladies Detectives mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith, narrator, as always, is Lisette Lecat. Produced by recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com. Lisette Lecat has read all of the No. 1 Ladies Detectives mysteries. I can’t imagine them read by anyone else. Lecat is from South Africa, which, to my untrained ear at least, makes her accent work for Botswana. In this book, Precious Ramotzwe has a new client who wants to find out who her real parents were as she was raised by another couple after they died. Precious is also investigating the death of an American tourist at a game reserve. Also, Precious is getting hostile letters degrading both herself and Mma Makutsi. She is afraid it is someone who works for them. Mma Makutsi gets her fiancé to buy her a bed, partly to get ready for their upcoming marriage, and the bed is ruined in the rain because she left it outside. She is afraid to tell her fiancé so finds another bed like it to buy, but the more she lies about the bed, the more complicated it gets. Then, Mr. J. B. L. Matikoni thinks about mortgaging his garage to take their foster daughter to visit a retired doctor who claims that he will be able to make her walk again, but it will cost a lot of money. These books are just wonderful relaxed reading. The narrator is wonderful and depicts the characters well, and Precious Ramotzwe’s way of viewing life is always entertaining. I ask the gods not to let McCall Smith stop writing these books, and not to let Lisette Lecat stop reading them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    David

    The further adventures of Mma Ramotswe & Mma Makutsi of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective agency, et al. This installment involves tragedy with a new bed, threatening letters to the agency, the possibility of a medical miracle for Motholeli, and a search for a client's lost family. Alexander McCall Smith delivers more of what we love in these stories. They are not revolutionary, and that is not what we expect. We love the stories of Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni because they are full of the The further adventures of Mma Ramotswe & Mma Makutsi of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective agency, et al. This installment involves tragedy with a new bed, threatening letters to the agency, the possibility of a medical miracle for Motholeli, and a search for a client's lost family. Alexander McCall Smith delivers more of what we love in these stories. They are not revolutionary, and that is not what we expect. We love the stories of Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni because they are full of the Simple and the Good. There is enough dramatic tension to keep you wondering how it will all work out, but the most satisfying part is to see the characters learn, grow, and become better people along the way. Some things I've learned: -No matter how embarrassed you may be over mistakes you have made, or how much you may fear others' possible future judgement, it is always best to tell the truth. -If people are thoughtless, unkind, or even hostile toward you, the best response is always love. -Don't be afraid to expect and seek for miracles, especially when serving those you love, but be careful not to miss the miracles that are already there, all around you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Larisha

    In this ninth novel in the Alexander McCall Smith series, Precious Ramotswe, the "traditionally built" proprietor of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Gaborone, Botswana, receives a threatening letter: "Fat lady: you watch out! And you too, the one with the big glasses." Mma Ramotswe and her assistant, Grace Makutsi, of the big glasses, are startled by this letter, and Mma Ramotswe even begins to believe that she is being followed. As the two women deal with their business and their lives, the In this ninth novel in the Alexander McCall Smith series, Precious Ramotswe, the "traditionally built" proprietor of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Gaborone, Botswana, receives a threatening letter: "Fat lady: you watch out! And you too, the one with the big glasses." Mma Ramotswe and her assistant, Grace Makutsi, of the big glasses, are startled by this letter, and Mma Ramotswe even begins to believe that she is being followed. As the two women deal with their business and their lives, the letter haunts them--it is so uncharacteristic of the gentle, sweet-spirited life of Botswana, a place where, in Mma Ramotswe's experience, almost any problem can be worked out over a cup of bush tea. This novel is more a series of short episodes in the life of Mma Ramotswe than a mystery in the traditional sense. The novel creates a warm, feel-good atmosphere from the contemporary detective stories, and ultimately, the "miracle" of Speedy Motors becomes obvious. The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series features characters who feel familiar, make us love them, and inspire us.

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