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The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith
  

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Unusually for this lovely series the investigation at the centre is into a much darker mystery than is the norm. We encounter illegal immigration, albeit in a very genteel way! And, of course, there are the usual dynamics between the detective agency staff and those working in the garage. Charlie, the perpetual apprentice, has to leave because there is not enough work for him so Mma Ramotswe takes him on to help her. Mma Makutsi, her assistant, is now married to Phuti Radiphuti and they have a six month old son, Itumelang. She decides to open a restaurant but all does not turn out well when she naively employs some very incompetent staff to run it. However the redoubtable Mma Potokwani, matron of the orphanage, steps in to help out so all is not lost. This is the 16th story in this series and it still charms and delights. The characters are very endearing and the gentle pace of life is beautifully portrayed. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Alexander McCall Smith you might also like to read books by P. G. Wodehouse, Garrison Keillor and Agatha Christie.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Business development is the foremost concern for Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, and as the two make plans for the agency’s future and employ a new member of staff, Mma Makutsi branches out into new territory with a business venture of her own. 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 disquisitions on the failings of the male sex, the benefits of tea, and the novel concept of Pilates with cake, this puts the world to rights in typically charming fashion.
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The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith

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.

Reviews

'Hooray - the unstoppable fiction-machine that is Mr Alexander McCall Smith has returned to the mothership ... Two new clients turn up [with] a problem that will take more than one pot of Mrs Ramotswe's redbush tea to solve, and she solves it with her trademark humanity, warmth and charm. Irresistible' -- Kate Saunders The Times

'An ultra-smooth ride ... almost more blissful than even McCall Smith's millions of regular devotees could pray for or hope' Scotsman

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith was our Guest Editor in July 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into forty-six languages and become bestsellers through the world. These include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman newspaper, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the von Igelfeld series, and the Corduroy Mansions series, novels which started life as a delightful (but challenging to write) cross-media serial, written on the website of the Telegraph Media Group. This series won two major cross-media awards - Association of Online Publishers Digital Publishing Award 2009 for a Cross Media Project and the New Media Age award. Alexander is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America. In March 2011 he received an award from the President of Botswana for his services through literature to that country. Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Alexander McCall Smith by Mary Hogarth.

A Lovereading guide to the works of Alexander McCall Smith...

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency was first published in 1998 and then, suddenly, it took off in America to the extent that no less than11 reprints were required in 2003.

Since then, so prolific has been his output, and so has his popularity soared, that there was a time when the sheer multitude of McCall Smith's books led to confusion as to which book fitted into each of the various series under which he writes. One has hardly been able to keep up with the sheer abundance of books published - we reckon at least thirty in less than a decade.

Now, thankfully, things have settled down and the legions of McCall Smiths avid fans can compartmentalise his new books into the four main series under which they sit - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, The Isabel Dalhousie Novels, The 44 Scotland Street Series and The Corduroy Mansions Series with a few more on top!

There are constant features across the whole panoply of McCall Smith's output. Wry and witty observations about the day-to-day lives of normal people. An innocence and delight in the human condition. And, always, a twinkle on the eye shared by writer and reader. He is a happy writer and that makes for happy readers.

He is best known for the following 4 series of novels (they are shown below in the order they were published) :-

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls, The Kalahari Typing School for Men, The Full Cupboard of Life, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Blue Shoes and Happiness, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, The Miracle at Speedy Motors, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, The Double Comfort Safari Club, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe, The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, Precious and Grace.

Isabel Dalhousie series: The Sunday Philosophy Club,Friends, Lovers, Chocolate, The Right Attitude to Rain, The Careful Use of Compliments, The Comfort of Saturdays, The Lost Art of Gratitude, The Charming Quirks of Others, The Forgotten Affairs of Youth, The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds, The Novel Habits of Happiness.

44 Scotland Street series: 44 Scotland Street, Espresso Tales, Love Over Scotland, The World According to Bertie, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, The Importance of Being Seven, Bertie Plays the Blues, Sunshine on Scotland Street, Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers, The Revolving Door of Life, The Bertie Project, A Time of Love and Tartan.

Corduroy Mansions Series: Corduroy Mansions, The Dog Who Came in from the Cold, A Conspiracy of Friends.

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Publication date

7th May 2015

Author

Alexander McCall Smith

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780349139296

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