Off to Botswana, anyone?

The Miracle at Speedy motors (Latest in the series "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)by Alexander McCall Smith
Are gas prices keeping you home this summer? Don't worry, sit back on an easy chair and join Precious Ramostwe for a "ride". Mma Ramotswe is the number one lady detective of Botswana! Granted, she is "traditionally built" and her white van is tiny, but she won't crowd you, she is very accommodative! The roads in Botswana may be bumpy but the landscape is quite exotic! In this ninth title in the series, Mma Ramotswe tackles the mystery of some anonymous hate letters and that of a missing family. She is endowed with such grace, intuition and intelligence that she is a natural problem solver. Her knowledge of "The Principles of Private Investigation" by Clovis Anderson is so thorough, that she can quote any passage from it anytime! Of course she has help from her big-spectacled associate, Mma Makutsi; a graduate from Botswana Secretarial College with a fantastic score of 97% in the final exam!
There are also some personal problems for the detective ladies to deal with. To name a few, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is expecting a miracle and Mma Makutsi has inadvertently ruined the brand new heart shaped bed that her fiancé had bought her. Well, no problems are too big for the detective ladies to solve, when they have some time to think and a few cups of red bush tea to drink!
The warmth and humor of Alexander McCall Smith's writing will definitely charm you. Whether you are in your easy chair or on a beach somewhere, this book or any one in this series, would make a perfect summer read.

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