Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
Cozy mystery

This is the sixth book about the lives of Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency; her assistant, Grace Makutsi; and her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, proprietor of Tlokweng Speedy Motors.

This book continues to develop these wonderful characters. Grace and Charlie, one of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's apprentices have an argument causing Charlie to leave the shop. He falls in with some bad company. Note, Mma Ramorswe's first husband turns up trying his hand at blackmail. Precious takes care of him and seems to put her past behind her. Grace turns to dance classes in order to find a husband. She finds a sweet dear stutterer with two left feet. I can't wait to see what further develops between them.

I love these books. They are simple tales but told in such a sweet dear fashion one can not help but get caught up in the tale.

First Line: "Mma Ramotswe was sitting alone in her favourite cafe, on the edge of the shopping centre at the Garborone end of the Tlokweng Road."



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