Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.
Over the years Mma Ramotswe has found many lost things, but never before has she been asked to help a woman find herself—until now. A kindhearted brother and sister have taken in a nameless woman with no memory of her own history or how she came to Botswana. It falls to Precious Ramotswe and her new co-director, Grace Makutsi, to discover the woman's identity. Meanwhile, motherhood proves to be no obstacle to Mma Makutsi’s professional success, as she launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man's De Luxe Café, a restaurant for Gaborone’s most fashionable diners. And next door, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is forced to make a choice that will directly affect not only Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, but the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency as well. With sympathy and indefatigable good humor, Mma Ramotswe and her friends see one another through these major changes and discover along the way what true friendship really means.
As usual, the problems that Precious Ramotswe tackles in Smith enjoyable 15th No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel (after 2013's The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon) are more the province of a therapist/counselor than of a cop. Mma Ramotswe's longtime assistant, Grace Makutsi, now a partner in their detective agency, hopes her good fortune will transfer to a new business venture, a restaurant whose name is the book's title. In the main plot line, the owner of a Botswana office supplies company retains the detective agency to help ascertain the identity of an amnesiac woman, whose uncertain status puts her at risk for deportation. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe's husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, must make a difficult business decision, but that only provides his wife with yet another chance to display her sympathy for almost every living creature. Series fans will be moved by a supporting character's growth, and newcomers will be charmed by the gentle humor. Nine-city author tour.
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Lovely, lovely book.
This is another winner from Alexander McCall Smith. And I think it will become one of my favorites. Written as always, with his usual warmth, and great affection for the people and cultures of Africa. This story made my heart swell with the goodness of its people. Some gentle mysteries, and delightful conclusions. I so appreciate a story that doesn't keep me feeling anxious, the world does that daily. The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency stories are all gems, and this is one of Smith's finest.
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe
This book was another story filled with laughter, joy and surprise. While reading this journey of life for the characters that I have grown to love I also feel the author whispering in my ear " keep reading you'll love what comes next". Not sure who I love more....
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe
As usual, Alexander McCall Smith has done it again. I feel that I know the characters and thoroughly enjoy the next episodes of their lives. This one was, as always, engaging and provocative. The author doesn't hesitate to question his characters and make them deal with personal challenges. Thank you, Sir, and waiting for the next one.