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    Alexander McCall Smith(Author)

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THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 8

Fans around the world adore the best-selling 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.
 
There is rarely a dull moment in the life of Precious Ramotswe, and on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road many changes are afoot. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni wants be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband, and Mma Makutsi is considering leaving the agency, taking her near perfect score on the Botswana Secretarial College typing exam with her. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has been asked to investigate a series of unexpected deaths at the hospital in Mochudi. Along the way, she encounters other tricky mysteries, and once again displays her undying love for Botswana, a country of which she is justly proud.

“McCall Smith's fans seem to hunger for the kindness, dignity and humor he celebrates in Mma Ramotswe, and this book will not disappoint them.” —The Oregonian “As pleasing as a cup of red bush tea.” —Entertainment Weekly “Delightful. . . . Everybody gets into the detective act in the latest entry in the sweet series that revolves around the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.” —USA Today “Not since the early books in the series have the land and its people been so lovingly and lyrically described.” —The Miami Herald Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the huge international phenomenon, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and The Sunday Philosophy Club series. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana and at Edinburgh University. He lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra). His website is www.alexandermccallsmith.com.

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  • Alexander McCall Smith(Author)
  • Anchor; Reprint edition (March 11, 2008)
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  • By PianoGuyFromSC on November 29, 2010

    Smith's #1 Ladies' series, and his Dalhousie series, are designed for people who don't care much about mysteries, but love to spend time finding out about the main characters and their (mostly boring) lives. He can spread out whole chapters in which virtually nothing happens. I suppose he would tell us that life in Botswana is slow, so these books should reflect that pace. Personally, I find them tedious and wish they could be condensed into short stories, which is the form most of these plots should take.The supposed "main plot" of this book is a mysterious series of deaths at a hospital. They always take place in the same room, at the same time.THIS PLOT WAS STOLEN HOOK, LINE & SINKER from A TOUCH OF FROST, the fine detective show in which character and plot are more carefully balanced than in Smith's novels. If you can't figure it out within about five minutes after reading the setup, you don't deserve to call yourself a mystery buff.Smith's best books are those condensed from his newspaper serial, and also the "2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom" series, which are NOT mysteries.

  • By Terry Mathews on March 25, 2007

    Today's publishing world seems to be dominated by writers who produce violent crime/thrillers. These books are usually driven by bleak plotlines and blood spills off nearly every page. The crooks/evil ones are usually caught in the end, but there's nothing positive to take away from the experience.While a good adrenaline rush gets the blood pumping, it's nice to slow down with sweet, uplifting fiction. With the release of his 8th book in the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith is establishing himself as one of the preeminent writers of sweet, gentle fiction.As with previous books, "The Good Husband of Zebra Drive" gives the reader a glimpse into the life of Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of a detective agency in Gaborone, Botswana.Mma Ramotswe's agency is located adjacent to Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, a garage owned by her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni.Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the real husband of Zebra Drive, is about to investigate his first case, but is troubled about how to tell his wife about the assignment.Mma Ramotswe's capable assistant, Grace Makutsi is troubled about several things, including a date for her wedding to Phuti Radiphuti, owner of the Double Comfort Furniture Store. Miss Makutsi is also concerned about her future. She's been working for Mma Ramotswe for sometime, without a promotion. She should be doing better. After all, she is a 97-percent graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College.The agency investigates a wayward husband and three unexpected, mysterious deaths at a hospital. The puzzles are always solved in McCall Smith's books, but what keeps readers coming back for each book are the main characters and their rich, human relationships.At the heart of soul of the stories is Mma Ramotswe, `a traditionally built' middle-aged woman who loves her family, her work and her country.Supporting Mma Ramotswe is the solid, dependable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. He's a good mechanic, a kind employer and a devoted husband.Grace Makutsi, young and a bit vain, provides color in this volume. Grace provides drama in Mma Ramotswe's world, especially when she suddenly decides to leave the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency one day, stunning everyone.Providing comic relief this time around is Charlie, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's oldest apprentice. The naïve Charlie is determined to set out on his own. His brief foray into the real world provides some funny and poignant moments.Spending time with these gracious people is like finding a calming and soothing oasis after a parched trip through the barren desert. Time spent in Precious Ramotswe's world is never wasted. You'll leave feeling happy, contented and lucky.Enjoy!

  • By Marco Antonio Abarca on May 27, 2007

    "The Good Husband of Zebra Drive" is the latest work in Alexander McCall Smith's Number One Ladies Detective Agency series. If you have not had a chance to purchase the Audio CD, do so for the opportunity to listen to Lisette Lecat narrate the book. She is a talented actor from South Africa. As an African, Lecat is able to bring the sound of Botswana to the listener. Hearing the accent and having the places and names pronounced correctly adds an additional layer of pleasure to this well written book.

  • By Trula on September 1, 2014

    The character's in "The Good Husband of Zebra Drive" are so well developed. They could easily fill more than the nine books this series allowed. This series being "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series." The meat of this story isn't in what the character's do, it is in who they are. Who they are dictates how they do everything they do. Especially the main character, Mma Ramotswe, who is moral, loving, respectful to everyone, in all ways. The little things in life mean the most to her, as does her country, Botswana, which she takes pride in. Mma Ramotswe sees things others don't. She is not blinded by ego, selfishness, greed, or impatience. She is kind.I love the soothing tempo of life lived by Mma Ramotswe. On page 118 we read, "Mma Ramotswe made the brief drive out to Mochudi; forty minutes if one rushed, an hour if one meandered. And she meandered, slowing down to look at some cattle who had strayed onto the verge of the road."In this, the eighth book of the series, her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, decides he wants to do some detective work. Mma Ramotswe indulges him to do so, afterwhich he decides he will stick with being a mechanic. And, Mma Makutsi quits her job at the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, only to return by the afternoon of the first day of her unemployment. (Whew! I couldn't have handled reading on without her!) Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni also losses an employee/apprentice, Charlie, only to have him return after wrecking the Mercedes-Benz Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni had sold him for a taxi business Charlie aptly called The No. 1 Ladies Taxi Service. Mma Ramotswe was approached by a cousin, Tati Monyena, requesting her services, requesting to become a paying client regardless that Botswanan custom inferred you don't charge cousins for your services. The case involved some unexplained deaths at the hospital in Mochudi. I will not spoil the story, but, the last few pages illustrates Mma Ramotswe's exemplary character with these two lines, "Now he [Tati Monyena] knew what her grace had meant, and he wanted to say something about that, to thank her for her mercy, but he could not talk. He expressed his relief in tears, which he mopped at......" I was mopping at my own tears while reading the last few pages. Need I say, I am a big fan of Alexander McCall Smith's books. Great read!


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