Sunday, June 06, 2010

The Miracle at Speedy Motors

Somehow I missed this one completely, not realizing I hadn't read it until I finished the 10th one. The Miracle at Speedy Motors is 9th in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. It's odd, because nothing much happens in these books, and yet I do enjoy them so.

from the back of the book:
In the latest installment of the universally beloved, bestselling series, Mma Ramotswe discovers the biggest miracles in life are often the smallest.

Under the endless skies of Botswana, there is always something Mma Ramotswe can do to help someone and here she finds herself assisting a woman looking for her family. The problem is the woman doesn't know her real name or whether any of her family members are still alive. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is the recipient of a beautiful new bed that causes more than a few sleepless nights. And, at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has come under the influence of a doctor promising a miracle cure for his daughter's medical condition, which Mma Ramotswe finds hard to accept. Nonetheless, Precious Ramotswe handles these things in her usual compassionate and good-natured way, while always finding time for a cup of red bush tea.

The Independent says, "The Miracle at Speedy Motors is written with grace and charm, just like the earlier books. But it is also strengthened by a new gravity..." The Mystery Reader begins by saying, "Those familiar with these characters will be pleased with this latest addition to the series and if it is your first “trip” to Gabarone you will be delighted." The New York Times calls the whole series irresistible. Times Online says it "will leave readers clamouring for more."

I've read these others from this 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 from Zebra Drive
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

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