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The delightful seventeenth installment of the ever-popular, perennially best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series
Precious Ramotswe and her Chief Associate Co-Director, Grace Makutsi, have worked together for many years. Together, they have solved numerous complex cases, seeing eye-to-eye on most professional matters. But when a Canadian woman invokes their help in recovering memories of her early childhood in Botswana, differences of opinion arise between the two firm friends, and diplomacy is called for. And it s not just clients who need Mma Ramotswe s help this is also sought by Mr. Polopetsi, her assistant, who becomes involved in a pyramid scheme, and Fanwell, the junior mechanic, who finds a stray dog that will not go away. Both, of course, receive the help and sympathy that Mma Ramotswe dispenses with the graciousness and warmth for which she is so well-known."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Forgiveness is often the solution, observes Precious Ramotswe toward the end of Smiths warmhearted, humane 17th No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel (after 2015s The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine). Mma Ramotswe is referring to the books main case, which involves a Canadian woman in her late 30s, Susan, who spent her childhood years in Botswana and now wants to find Rosie, the nurse maid largely responsible for raising her. Mma Ramotswe places an ad in a Gaborone newspaper, which brings a woman who claims to be Rosie to the detective agency. Grace Makutsi, the agencys prickly codirector, suspects this Rosie is a fraud, while Mma Ramotswe senses something not quite right about Susans quest. Meanwhile, the ladies deal with a couple of minor cases: their assistant Fanwell rescues a stray dog that needs a home, and Mr. Polepetsi, their sometime helper, becomes an unwitting pawn in a pyramid scheme involving cattle. As ever, Smith adroitly mixes gentle humor with important life lessons. Agent: Robin Straus, Robin Straus Agency. (Nov.)