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So beautifully written you can just slip into this gentle wander through Botswana alongside the kind and astute investigations of Mma Ramotswe. During a quiet patch at the agency, Precious has friends in need and Charlie is placed in a difficult position. If you haven’t read any of this much loved series, do start at the beginning with the aptly named The No:1 Ladies Detective Agency. We are now at the twentieth novel and the absolute charm of these books is in getting to know the characters (Mma Makutsi is a personal favourite). Alexander McCall Smith excels in creating a light yet warm atmosphere where he quietly looks at complex issues. Human nature in all its wonder is examined with mellow observations and compassionate wit sitting alongside the vivid heat of Botswana as it waits for rain. To The Land Of Long Lost Friends is a lovely, affectionate read and a fine addition to this celebrated series.
The one with the mysterious reverend . . .
At a local wedding, Mma Ramotswe reunites with a friend whose daughter has inexplicably turned away from her. Elsewhere, several ladies in the region fall under the spell of a charismatic self-styled reverend. With little work on at the agency, Precious and Mma Makutsi see no harm in looking into such curious events. Meanwhile, Charlie is anxious. How can he, the part-time detective, secure his love's hand in marriage? Even in the quietest months, it seems, there's plenty for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to investigate . . .
Closing date: 31/05/2021
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Anyone who enjoys this series of books is sure to enjoy this latest one as much as I did. Full review
As soon as a new title in this series comes out, it goes straight on my to read list. Full review
Reading the latest No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency title was like meeting up with my own long, lost friend. Full review
Publication date: 06/08/2020
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||6th August 2020|
|Author:||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Publisher:||Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Feel-Good Fiction, Humour, Diverse Voices, Shorter Reads,|
|Collections:||80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
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 ...More About Alexander McCall Smith