In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Paperback
4 out of 5 (8 ratings)

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Precious Ramotswe, that cheerful Botswanan private investigator of 'traditional build', is now married to Mr J.L.B.

Matekoni of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. The Agency is busy, but Mma Ramotswe cannot ignore the plea which is made by a woman who comes to her with a tale of particular misfortune.

Unfortunately, her attempts to help are interrupted by a close encounter between her tiny white van and a bicycle, and by a spectacular disagreement between her assistant, Mma Makutsi, and one of the apprentices at the garage.

This apprentice has found a fancy girlfriend who drives a Mercedes-Benz.

How can he be rescued from his folly? And as for Mma Makutsi, she has found a dancing class, and a man who may not be able to dance very well, but who admires her greatly. And all of this happens against a background of quiet sessions of bush tea, and of a land that stretches out forever under mile upon mile of empty sky...

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Relaxing and fun, light hearted but always moral, the latest in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series lives up to its predecessors.

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3.5

A busy and sucessful time for the garage and the agency - so much so that they have to hire new staff. Mma Makutsi starts to exercise her new found financial independance and goes to a dancing class - and it is in the writing of these trivial details that Smith's joy of africa really comes through. Mma Makutsi may only have a couple of rooms and a cold tap, but such comforts have raised the standard of her life, and you can just feel through the words the joy that can be had with so little in the way of material posessions and how even a slight increase can make a big difference. Read learn and take note.After Re-read: It's still delightful. Lightly sketched characters and places, bring to life the details of living in peace in Africa. Observations about the trivial side of life - and also about those deeper undercurrants that drive all of us, and the consequences of our actions. Note reappears in this, and Mma Ramotswe has to deal with her feelings. More emotional than some in this series it really is enjoyable.

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4

This was a re-read for me so that I could read the next in the series. Precious Ramotswe, her family and friends are back in this the sixth in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Enjoyable as ever, we meet a couple of new characters and lots of familiar ones from the previous books. If you've never read them before, start at the beginning. Highly recommended for a light-hearted loving look at life in Botswana.

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4

Mma Ramotswe, Grace Makutsi and Mr. J. L. B. Matekone feel like old friends that I haven't seen for a while and I've enjoyed the chance to catch on the events of their lives. Mma Ramotswe has a lot to deal with in this book, and yet she still manages to do so in her gentle, unassuming way.

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4

Another delightful tale showcasing the best of Africa, in which our traditionally-built heroine and her entourage resolve various problems in a very African way. The past comes back to haunt Precious Ramotswe, but she deals with it through common sense and relationships - the African way. In many respects the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series could be viewed as a fictional textbook on restorative justice.

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