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The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe

by Alexander McCall Smith

eBooks of the Month Modern and Contemporary Fiction

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe Synopsis

Even the arrival of her baby can't hold Mma Makutsi back from success in the workplace, and so no sooner than she becomes a full partner in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - in spite of Mma Ramotswe's belated claims that she is only 'an assistant full partner' - she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe. Grace Makutsi is a lady with a business plan, but who could predict temperamental chefs, drunken waiters and more? Luckily, help is at hand, from the only person in Gaborone more gently determined than Mma Makutsi ...Mma Ramotswe, of course.

The Good Book Guide Review

The fifteenth in the much-loved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, Alexander McCall Smith’s latest look at life in Botswana sees business development as the foremost concern for Mma Ramotswe and her ‘co-director’ Mma Makutsi. As the two make plans for the agency’s future and, surprisingly, employ a further member of staff, Mma Makutsi branches out into new territory with a business venture of her own While Mma Ramotswe takes on the case of an amnesiac woman, her erstwhile assistant becomes a restaurateur, but problems arise, solutions are hard to come by, and the ladies discover that ‘there are some occasions on which you have to find out how to find out’ what you need to know. With its disquisitions on the failings of the male sex, the benefits of tea, and the novel concept of Pilates with cake, this book puts the world to rights in typically charming fashion.

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe Press Reviews

'There is something almost divinely appealing about the way McCall Smith writes about daily life in Botswana ... it is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging ... [his] novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling'

Mail on Sunday


'Forget the library - the body is in the mud hut. An African Miss Marple created by a Scottish lawyer ... superb'

Sunday Times


'Totally addictive'

Daily Mail


'A small slice of heaven'


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ISBN: 9780349139296
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408704332
Publication date: 18/09/2014
Publisher: Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408704332
Publication date: 18th September 2014
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,

About Alexander McCall Smith

McCall Smith’s generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers — New York Times Alexander McCall Smith, often referred to as ‘Sandy’,  is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the UK and abroad before turning his hand to writing fiction. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist ...

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