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Ex-CID. Ex-New York. Ex-cellent' reads the sign outside the Satisfaction Guarantee Detective Agency. Cephas Buthelezi certainly talks the talk, Precious discovers, but would he have the wherewithal to deal with her current case - a man who has been attacked by ostrich rustlers, and is eager to reassess his life? Meanwhile, there are difficulties at the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where one of the apprentices has discovered the Lord, problems at home with the mysterious death of a hoopoe, and romantic complications when Mma Makutsi sets up a typing school for men ...

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 20mm | 160g
  • 01 Mar 2004
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Abacus
  • London
  • English
  • 0349117047
  • 9780349117041
  • 4,010

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ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH has a double existence. He is a Professor of Medical Law, but also an author who has now written over fifty books on a wide range of subjects. His collection of African stories,CHILDREN OF WAX, received critical acclaim and has been the subject of an award-winning film.

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Mma Ramotswe's methods - and her results - are as unusual as the novels they inhabit ... All this activity is much less about whodunnit than why NEW YORK TIMES McCall Smith is a careful, emblematic writer who is beyond gifted, he is a natural storyteller. McCall Smith has once again charmed the sarongs off us THE LIST The hypnotic ease of McCall Smith's style makes everything clear almost instantly... Throughout the Botswana landscape is richly evoked. Happiness and quiet wisdom prevail. DAILY TELEGRAPH Mma Ramotswe is a glorious creation, a character likely to prove every bit as enduring as Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. MAIL ON SUNDAY

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Mma Ramotswe, founder of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, has problems. New clients are thin on the ground, her loveable but elusive fiance Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is suffering a deep depression, her secretary Mma Makutsi is restless - and a new, rival, detective agency has set up shop on her doorstep. To save rent-money, and keep an eye on Mr J.L.B. Matekoni's recalcitrant apprentices she moves the Detective Agency into the Speedy Motors office. It works well. Mma Makutsi discovers an unexpected talent as a motor mechanic! But she's still fidgety, and feels 'under-exploited'; until she's struck by a brilliant idea. Secretarial work is important, and skilled. So why don't men do it? (Because no-one teaches them to type!) Immediately Mma Makutsi sets up The Kalahari Typing-school for Men. Bingo! Like all her good ideas it works superbly - though not without certain disillusionments ... Welcome back, Mma Ramotswe and her team. Long may the sun shine on all who live in the pages of this delectable series. (Kirkus UK)

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Cool school

Another great installment in the series. The books in this series are an easy read and enjoyable because they discuss a simpler life that still has its ups and downs.show more
by Neale P Blackwood