Blue Shoes and Happiness, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


Now that she is finally and happily married to her long-term suitor Mr J.L.B.

Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of Botswana might have expected life to grow more sedate. But the many problems that lead customers to Mma Ramotswe's door seem, if anything, to have multiplied, and no sooner has she settled her traditionally built person into the married state than she finds herself looking into several troublesome matters at once.

There is, to begin with, a disturbing case of blackmail and theft from the Government catering college.

Then, while on an errand for her husband to the Mokolodi Game Reserve Mma Ramotswe is seconded to investigate an unpleasant atmosphere that may be down to witchcraft, or something worse. There are sinister goings-on at a health clinic to be looked into, not to mention any number of small wrongs to be righted along the path to detective triumph. And all the time Mma Ramotswe has weighty questions of a philosophical nature to consider, such as whether it is right to find happiness in small things, such as a new pair of blue shoes, a slice of cake, or a red sunset over the Kalahari.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780349117720

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Precious Ramotswe continues her investigations in Botswana, now almost famous she has many many cases to deal with, and her male assistant tries his best but is simply not her equal. The children have faded away in the last few books, and although they are still mentioned they have little impact on the stories. However this book is devoted to new cases and problems with the people of Botswana. Mma Ramotswe is equal to them all. There is some great commentary on diets and troubles of 'traditionally built' ladies.After re-read: not much elseto say, as always the actual problems are just a side show for the interaction of these wonderfully polite civilised characters. Sketched in a light flowing style easily readable, enjoyably concerned with each others lives. As always the moralising of Mma Ramotswe is the highlight, what shoudl friends say to each other regarding personality quirks?

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This was the first book of the series I have read. I found it entertaining and easy to digest. I thought the author could have presented a slightly bigger challenges to the characters to make the book more interesting, however, this book was a good break between heavier books.

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Mma Ramotswe has very little to investigate in this book, while Mma Makutsi is mainly concerned with the progress of her engagement to a man she met at her dance class. I think I might be getting a little bored of this series, but I have already bought the next book, so I will leave a gap before I read it.

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A reassuring positive view of humanity as the traditionally-built Mma Ramotswe worries that her fiance may be having doubts about marriage as she investigates problems at a hospital and a game reserve and copes with a cobra in her office.

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7th in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, but the first one I've read (although I did catch several episodes of the BBC adaptation). Gentle, funny detective novel set in the capital of Botswana, written by someone who's white but who knows the country and culture from the inside. Precious Ramotswe's cases tend to the small when viewed from an outside perspective, but they're often life-changing from the point of view of the people involved. The author uses this to the full, and always treats both his main cast and his bit characters with warmth and humanity. I definitely want to find a few more titles from this series.

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