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McCall Smith, Alexander: The Full Cupboard of Life

  Amazon  

4 stars

I get the sense from reading Alexander McCall Smith's Twitter feed that he is as humane and wise and civilized as his character Precious Ramotswe, who solves problems large and small in her capacity as the proprietress of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Gabarone, Botswana. In this 5th installment in the series Mma Ramotswe is hired to look into the backgrounds of a rich woman's numerous suitors. Meanwhile, her colleague Mma Makutsi, relatively flush with cash from her new typing school business, is moving into a new home, which will have its own running water. And Mma Ramotswe cleverly but quietly outwits Mma Potokwane, indomitable matron of the orphan farm, who has gone too far this time in bending Mma Ramotswe's fiancé, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to her will. As usual, McCall Smith's prose is simple and lovely, his characters rendered with great affection. And as usual one comes away from the novel refreshed, feeling better about the lot of man. It is the author's peculiar magic, making us feel this way.

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1.

Nice review - Works well! I've only read one McCall Smith, and it didn't particularly appeal to me - but maybe I was just having a bad day. Some days a light-hearted read appeals more than others. I agree, the author himself always come over as a 'good guy'.

2.

Yeah, I think I may be sold on these shorter reviews. They serve the purpose well enough and it's just so much less work.

3.

I've been hearing a lot about this series. I haven't read any yet, but I'm a huge mystery fan in general. From your review, it sounds like I should give it a read.

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