Thursday, July 9, 2015

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

Mma Romatswe has a premonition that the day is going to be a busy one for her. Her premonition becomes a reality when her first customers of the day show up. A woman with amnesia is in need of the agency to find out who she is. While Mma works out this problem Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is having some problems of his own. The garage has not been very busy lately and Mr. J.L.B. is faced with having to let one of his apprentices go. In the meantime Grace Makutsi is preparing to open up her own cafe. Mma Makutsi wants to do it all on her own so refuses any help from her husband, or Mma Romatswe, after all, she has a 97% passing rate from the Botswana Secretarial College she can run a simple cafe.

I love this series! Mma Romatswe is so practical and never seems to get ruffled. Along with her "traditional size" she has a very generous heart. Mma Romatswe hates to tell lies, but has no problems stretching the truth just a bit to serve her purpose of finding out information. Whether playing peace-maker between Mma Makutsi and Charlie, or puzzling out people's motives and behaviors, or having a slice of cake with Mma Potakwane, Precious Romatswe does it all with grace and humor and patience. If you've never read The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series I guarantee you will find a delightful gem.


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