Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (15) by Alexander McCall Smith

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has some real challenges in this story.  I can't deny I've been waiting for another in this series to come out.  I love the style of the story, the characters, and how they handle things.

Pantheon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to review this book (thank you).  It has been published, so go on down to your local bookstore and snag a copy.  You won't want to miss this!

Precious Ramotswe starts with a case of amnesia.  The woman in question doesn't know where she came from, what her name is, or if she has any family. The people she is staying with are trying to get her a visa to stay, but can't do that with no information.  As she watches the "unknown" woman remove lint from the man's shoulder, she wonders if maybe she does remember a few things...

Mma Makutsi has a new son and is happily married but she wants to start her own business, too.  She decides the Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe is the way to do it.  She leases the property, her husband pays for the remodeling and they're all set to go.  At least she thinks they are.

On the other side of detective agency, times are tough and Charlie has to go.  Unfortunately, Mma Ramontswe can't stand to see him upset and with no job, so she makes arrangements to hire him.  Mma Makutski has a problem with that.

While all these problems are being solved, regular life goes on.  With good tea and fat cake everyone is happy.  By the end of the book life has settled down again.  I can't wait to see what new odd cases they will be taking on.  This is a fun series to read and I always enjoy them.  If you haven't tried them yet, start with the first one.  They take on a life of their own.

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