When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.
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"A literary confection of gossamer deliciousness....There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." (The New York Times Book Review)
If you like the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, this book won't disappoint. It's not the best in the series and it's rather short, but it holds your interest. As always, Mma Ramotswe delivers the goods. To me, the side story of Mma Makutse was more interesting than the main detective story.
There seemed to be some differences in the voicing of characters on this book. Both Grace and Mma Potokwane sounded different. Not bad, just different.
If you've seen the TV series, it will add to your enjoyment of this book.
A nice, easy story - just not as interesting as previous listens. The main characters are all present and the reader is excellent. Worth the download; still, not as good as previous #1 Women's Detective Agency books.
After reading the first Ladies No 1 Detective Agency book, I wrote that it could cure any existential crisis. This latest is just as good - extremely pleasurable and captivating. A few of the other books in the series have not been quite as fantastic as the original, but this installment keeps the series alive and kicking. There is not much going on in the way of suspense or "detection," but the characters are compelling, and I remain captivated by the cultural tidbits that McCall Smith provides. Lesette Lecat is a fantastic narrator, and the tempo of the book is slow, calm, and lovely.
I debated with myself long and hard about staying around for this last novel, but I loved the characters and had been totally captivated by their adventures. As it happened, though, I was very disappointed in this final installment and agree with the reader who opined that the author had just phoned this one in. By the end of the series I was utterly bored with the long rambling passages about tea, shoes, and the tiny white van.To end on a better note, skip this one.
Sounds like McCall Smith phoned it in and got paid by the word. The other books in the series are so charming and delightful - this one is just boring. I would normally not recommend getting an abridged version, but that might be better. There are passages that go on and on about nothing. And the main plot is really a dud.
Nothing much happens in this story. Rather difficult to get through waiting for some action other than looking for a van that had to be scrapped, worrying if one will lose their fiance, or is some team player purposely losing the soccer matches.
This is my first of this author, and it will be my last. The pace was painfully slow and there wasnt' a single shred of any real plot. I won't waste my time with any others by McCall Smith. It got one star because the narration was good.
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