Tuesday, October 15, 2013
In The Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
Precious Ramotswe, the owner of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency finds herself overly beset by problems. She is already busier than usual at the detective agency when added to her concerns are a strange intruder in her house on Zebra Drive and the baffling appearance of a pumpkin. And then there is Mma Makutsi, who decides to treat herself to dance lessons, only to be partnered with a man who seems to have two left feet.
Things are also not running quite as smoothly as they usually do at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. Mma Ramotswe’s husband, the estimable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, is overburdened with work even before one of his apprentices runs off with a wealthy woman. But what finally rattles Mma Ramotswe’s normally unshakable composure is a visitor who forces her to confront a secret from her past. . . .
Delightful and charming would be two words I use to describe this book. It is one of those books that makes you feel relax and comfortable after reading it.
Life is slow and steady in Precious Ramotswe's world. She finds time to appreciate a cup of bush tea and cakes too and takes time off if she felt that she has done enough for the day. She rewards her staff immediately if an exception piece of work has been delivered. She doesn't believe that one needs more than 1 pair of shoes at any one time and she loves her old white van to death. She is wise and funny but gossipy at the same time but you can't help but to like her.
I always enjoy my encounters with Precious Ramotswe and this is not different. Since the first book I read till now, the culture and traditional value of respect and being kind to others really wowed me. On the frivolous side, I discover that Mma Makutsi has a thing for shoes and although I doubt her taste for shoe, I know that she loves shoes! Hahah...I guess that doesn't change wherever you are in the world.
This is the sixth book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series. You can search from my "Index' page for review of the other books.