Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith
A kindhearted brother and sister have taken in a woman known only as “Mrs.”—a woman with no memory of her name or of how she came to Botswana. And so it’s up to Precious Ramotswe and her new co-director, Grace Makutsi, to discover the woman’s identity.
Meanwhile, motherhood proves to be no obstacle to Mma Makutsi’s professional success. As she settles into her role as partner at the agency, she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café, a restaurant for Gaborone’s most fashionable diners. But even Miss 97 Per Cent isn’t fully prepared for the temperamental chefs, drunken waiters, and other challenges that come with running one’s own business. Help may come from an unexpected source, if only Mma Makutsi can swallow her pride and ask.
And next door to the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is all too familiar with the difficult decisions of business owners. He is finally forced to make a tough choice, one that will bring major changes to both Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency—and that will require all of Mma Ramotswe’s finesse and patience to sort out.
This is what I say :
It seems that the last book that I read in the series of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency was book 9 and that was around three years ago.
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe is book 15 in the series so I guess I have skipped five books. In this title Mma Makutsi has given birth to a baby boy but is still having a career as a detective. I have to be careful here as Mma Makutsi is rather sensitive and if I am to say that she is working in the detective agency, she might take offence as she viewed herself as 'co-director' of the agency.
She has also started a restaurant business, with her husband's investment and who else but long time nemesis, Violet Sepotho is now a restaurant critic.
Other than there, time seems to have stood still and Mma Ramotswe is still the same and so is her husband, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni.
I have always enjoyed the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series but I don't think I have another title in my collection and unless and until I do, this would be the last book in the series for me.