Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights. And life is no less complicated at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni--Mma Ramotswe's estimable husband--has fallen under the sway of a doctor who has promised a miracle cure for his daughter's medical condition, which Mma Ramotswe finds hard to believe. But Precious Ramotswe deals with these difficulties with her usual grace and good humor, and in the end discovers that the biggest miracles in life are often the small ones.
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"Alexander McCall Smith's big-hearted Botswanan stories [allow] his readers to escape into a world of simple, picturesque pleasures and upstanding virtues." (The New York Times Book Review)
"The best, most charming, honest, hilarious, and life-affirming books to appear in years." (The Plain Dealer)
Once again Alexander McCall Smith chronicles the happenings at the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and at Speedy Motors with his usual wit and wisdom, and not one extra word. McCall Smith has the singular gift of writing with awareness, consciousness, acceptance and insight into the human condition without even the merest suggestion of psychobabble. I like the psychobabble books too, no question about that, but this author seems to accomplish the same result with his fictional crew and their life stories.
And many bows to the narrator, who continues to bring this now familiar Botswanan cast of characters to life!
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I have found all the titles in the No.1 Ladies detective agency series fabulous. Miracle at speedy motors did not disappoint. They are light mysteries with superb character development and breath-takingly discriptive settings. No sooner am I finished with the newest title and I find myself longing for the next.
I have loved all The no.1 Detective Agency books, but this one is the warmest, wittiest, funniest of them all. It made me smile and put a lump in my throat. I envy anyone who still has this lovely book ahead of them.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I could listen to this narrator read names out of the phone book and I think it would be excellent. But luckily, this book was a little more interesting than the phone book. I am so glad there is a new #1 Ladies Dectective Agency book out, I was beginning to have Mma Ramostsway (sp?) withdraw. As always it was a charming and excellent book.
I have enjoyed this whole series and could listen to them all over again.
I recommend this latest book in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith. In this series, the characters are funny and human, without the violence and sex that are so often elements of mystery books. If you are in the mood for a light simple story, this will fill that need. If you are following the series as I am, you'll wonder if Precious Ramotswe's "engaged" assistant detective, Grace Makutsi will ever get married; maybe in the next book. I can't help but want to rush the storyteller! Just like in life, things happen in their own time.
While not the most memorable book in the series, the rhythms of life with these gentle characters remains a tonic to the hectic pace of life.
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I love these books! I love the characters, I love their names, I love the narrator, and I love the poignant stories. If you are just getting interested in this series, maybe from watching the excellent HBO series, then start at the beginning and keep on going. You won't be disappointed. This book is one of my favorites.
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