As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and their eternal cycle, upheaval is taking place at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband but, following her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi has joyful news. With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty.
Disturbing developments over the will of local dignitary Edgar Molapo point to fraud and a shocking family secret, while tracing the source of a smear campaign against the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, in which notorious troublemaker Violet Sephotho may or may not have a hand, requires a keen eye and an open mind. But the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is resilient and adaptable, and change brings salutary lessons: our enemies are not always obvious; a snake under the bed may be an ally; and a mother's love conquers all.
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A pleasure to listen to
Another trip to Botswana to revisit Mma Ramotswe and others in Alexander McCall's series of stories. As always, the rich storyline and insightful characters instantly transport you to another world. Sheer escapsim and very enjoyable.
I have two in particular: Mma Makutsi for her outspoken remarks which are not very diplomatic but are often comical and usually go straight to the heart of the matter. Also Mma Potokwani the head of the orphanage, who is a very strong character and can always be relied on for help and advice (usually with excellent fruit cake)
The story is read in an accent natural to southern Africa which adds to the feeling of actually being with the characters in Botswana.
The part when Mma Ramotswe offers Mma Makutsi a partnership in the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. She does this out of love and friendship, going far beyond the relationship of employer and employee
I've read or listened to almost all of this series of stories and have never tired of them, each new story is of the same high standard as the preceding ones, and always anticipated with relish
- N. A. Schofield