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Precious and Grace. #17 / Alexander McCall Smith.

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author. (Author).
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  • 6 of 6 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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  • ISBN: 9781101871355 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1101871350 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 227 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First United States edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2016]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 October #1
    *Starred Review* This seventeenth installment of McCall Smith's wildly popular No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is that rare find in a long-running series: a book that can appeal both to newcomers and to longtime fans. The opening pages, in which Mma Precious Ramotswe, who founded and owns the only detective agency in Botswana, drives her beloved, battered white van along the bumpy road to her office and thinks about the people in her life, both living ("in some cases, only too obviously present") and dead, is a brilliant reconstruction of the previous 16 novels' major characters. For those familiar with the series, it's like meeting old friends, with nice touches that appear in every novel, including the 97 grade that Precious' one-time secretary and now co-director, Mma Grace Makutsi, earned at the Botswana Secretarial College and brings up in nearly every conversation. Much of this book shows the prickly, comic-yet-loving relationship between Precious and Grace, with Precious nimbly sidestepping Grace's massive ambition. There is a central case, that of a woman from Canada who grew up in Botswana and wants to find her old home. There's also a local pyramid scheme that threatens to sink a part-time, sad-sack employee of the agency. But these cases lead to what is most fascinating in McCall Smith's writing—the way he uses clients' problems as a springboard into wise Precious' reflections on how to live. As always, a marvelous mix of humor, startling incidents, contemporary African setting, and memorable characters.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A long-running series with a built-in audience that always craves more—the recipe for success in crime fiction. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.

Subject: Ramotswe, Precious (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Women private investigators > Botswana > Fiction.
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Imaginary organization) > Fiction.
Botswana > Fiction.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths.
FICTION / Contemporary Women.
FICTION / Romance / Contemporary.
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Imaginary organization)
Ramotswe, Precious (Fictitious character)
Women private investigators.
Genre: Mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction.
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