Precious and Grace

Precious and Grace

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"The delightful seventeenth installment of the ever-popular, perennially best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The co-director of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, as he is newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts. So when a young Canadian woman approaches Mma Ramotswe with a complex case, it's up to her alone to solve it--with her signature intuition and insight, of course. The young woman spent part of her childhood in Botswana and needs help finding a long-lost acquaintance. But much time has passed, and her memory yields few clues. The difficult search--and the unexpected results--will remind them all that sometimes it's those we think we know best who most surprise us"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2016]
Edition: First United States edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2016
ISBN: 9781101871355
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 06, 2019

The cadence of the Number One Ladies Detective Agency is an acquired taste. I find it gently woven with wisdom and it helps me to slow down and take things one at a time.

AuntJane Sep 05, 2017

An enjoyable read - particularly if you are a fan of the series!

May 13, 2017

Tensions rise now that Mma Makutsi is a co-director of the detective agency. Mr. Polopetsi gets involved in a cattle investment scheme that seems to good to be true. Fanwell finds a dog, and a mysterious Canadian lady wants to revisit her past in Botswana. Alexander McCall Smith again delivers with his gentle humor and observations about the human condition.

Apr 15, 2017

Forgiveness is the theme running through this story. Seems very appropriate on this Easter Sunday.

Feb 22, 2017

I revised my rating of this book to the top possible because it actually helped me in a challenging situation. How often does a novel do that? I found the words about seeking forgiveness resonated, and by applying that practice, a simmering conflict was transformed into a warm connection. One commenter thought the book preachy, but I think that writing a story provides an example rather than telling anyone what to do. I found it tremendously valuable. --- I always enjoy that the mysteries in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series are social and human quandaries, the sorting out of a life. The way the author works out happy endings that always protect the dignity of each person, is quite gifted. However, I found myself weary at times of the many digressions (like much of the first chapter) as he would describe what Mma Ramotswe was thinking. I enjoyed once again the vivid descriptions of Botswana scenery and customs.

Jan 10, 2017

This is my very favorite series and this new installment didn't disappoint.

Jan 09, 2017

Need I say more than I LOVE this series. If I’ve got a cold, they make me feel better. If I’m sad they make me happy. If I’m frustrated, they make me realize what is important in the world.

Jan 05, 2017

A few new surprises in this one, even after all this time. Fanwell is growing as a character. Violet Sephotho makes a surprise appearance, Mma Potokwane needs to return a favour for once, and the shrinking Mr. Polopetsi in his crumpled jacket is a hoot. He does come up with a new job though and we may see his expanded skills used to advantage in future. The forgiveness theme is well done and Mma Makutsi has to swallow a hard pill and make a decision on whether to forgive. This book seems quieter than others on the surface but some big themes in small doses ripen and expand as you go and linger long after the last page is turned.

Dec 19, 2016

Really preachy and a big disappointment. I wonder if McCall-Smith is creating outlines and farming out the writing.

Dec 19, 2016

An earlier review in this space calls any reading of Alex McCall Smith's new works a "reuniting with friends," and this volume does not fail. Perhaps the friends are in a more reflective mood than his usual - "Precious and Grace" teems with almost autumnal insights. Steep a cup of hot bush tea and enjoy!

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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Mar 06, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the latest installment! This book deals a lot with forgiveness, something we can all work better on; Mma Ramotswe has some great thoughts on the subject. I highly recommend picking up this book today!

Feb 22, 2017

A speech by the Mayor at the presentation of the Woman of the Year Award: "His speech, which lasted twenty-five minutes, was all about what he had done to further the cause of women. 'That task is never over,' he said. 'There are always more women.'" (p. 222)

I also liked: "The past, she thought was being remembered, and forgotten, in just the right measure." (p. 220)

Nov 07, 2016

...perhaps part of the secret of leading a life in which you would not always be worrying about things, or complaining about them, was to accept that there were people who just saw things differently from you and always would. Once you understood that, then you could accept the people themselves as they were and not try to change them. What was even more important, perhaps, was that you could love those people who looked at things so differently, because you realized that they were not trying to make life hard for you by being what they were, but were simply doing their best. Then, when you started to love them, love would do the work that it always did and it would begin to transform them and then they would end up seeing things in the same way that you did." - p. 90


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