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Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The codirector of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, as he is newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts. So when a young Canadian woman approaches Mma Ramotswe with a complex case, it's up to her alone to solve it - with her signature intuition and insight, of course. The young woman spent part of her childhood in Botswana and needs help finding a long-lost acquaintance. But much time has passed, and her memory yields few clues. The difficult search - and the unexpected results - will remind them all that sometimes it's those we think we know best who most surprise us.
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By Pamela J on 11-01-16
One of the best in the series
Yes, these women are like dear old friends, the narrator a comforting voice, and the writing a fabulous international trip, but this one has a message and a true heart. There's a double meaning in the title: the two words are the names of the characters and also point to where the story is going to lead. There are a few of these titles I might not suggest, but this one is a must for the Number 1 Ladies fans.
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By Wayne on 10-12-16
A wonderfult series, That is well known.
The traditionally built lady detective of Botswana Mma Precious Remotswe is back for novel #17 in this wonderful series. Joining her is her mechanic husband and proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, their adopted children Motholeli and Puso, her secretary/business partner Grace "97%" Makutsi, ex-apprentice mechanic and current apprentice detective Charlie, mechanic Fanwell, chemist and part time detective and mechanic Mr. Polopetsi, orphan farm matron Mma Portokwane, and of course Grace's long time nemesis Violet Sephotho.
All 17 novels in this glorious light detective series are in my Audible library. Precious and Grace is a wonderful addition. The setting is Gaborone the capital city of the democratic landlocked south African country of Botswana. The novels in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series are as much about the adventures and eccentricity of the various characters as they are about solving mysteries; there are always valuable life lessons learned.
Lisette Lecat narrates all novels in this series in Botswana's speech patters in English. Lecat is very, very good with regional accents.
I highly recommend this book and this series with the understanding that they are more about the foibles of the characters than with high adventure or strong suspense. Author Alexander McCall Smith tells wonderful stories centered around highly developed characters.
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