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As winter turns to spring across the red earth, acacia trees and slow green rivers of Botswana, all is not quite as it should be on Zebra Drive, home to Mma Ramotswe and her beloved husband Mr J. L. B. Matekoni.
At the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency there are the usual number of cases to be pursued, from persistent theft at Teenie Magama's printing works to the rather more serious case of three suspicious deaths at the Mochudi hospital, but there is discontent among the ranks. It is bad enough that Mr Matekoni's apprentice Charlie is off on another escapade and Mma Makutsi's impending marriage threatens her happy working relationship with Mma Ramotswe.
And when in trying to prove himself a worthy husband Mr J. L. B. Matekoni himself decides to try a little detective work, disaster looms.Tender, witty and wise, the latest instalment in the lives of Alexander McCall's Smith's extended Botswana family instructs us with familiar modesty in the importance of trust, love, not judging by appearances and what really makes a good husband.
About the Author
ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH 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.
Simple, elegantly written and gently insightful THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE Perfect escapist fiction THE TIMES There is a timelessness to the tales, yet they are also of the moment ... His talent is to see the god in small things SUNDAY TIMES SCOTLAND This is delicious, light-hearted stuff and I love it - my only criticism is that these books are just not long enough THE LADY
ISBN: 9780349117737 ISBN-10: 034911773X Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Audience:
Number Of Pages: 212 Published: 19th February 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1
Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty languages and become bestsellers through the world.
The series include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Sunday Philosophy Club series starring Isabel Dalhousie, the von Igelfeld series, and the new Corduroy Mansions novels.
Alexander is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America.
Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.