Saturday, April 30, 2016

Review: The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another winner from this author. Grace Makutsi finally marries her Phuti. Mma Potokwane takes over the preparations for the wedding and Precious gets her beloved white van back. Charlie, on the other hand, discovers that he has twins to support.

This is such a comfortable series to read that it always feel like coming home to a nice warm place with cocoa and cookies.





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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review: The Double Comfort Safari Club

The Double Comfort Safari Club The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is such a comfortable, loving series. Each new book is like a gem and a feeling of coming home. In this episode the ladies have to make a trip north to a safari camp searching for a guide who has been left some money by an American lady who he was very kind to on her trip some years before. There are dangers involved during this trip, facing down lions, sleeping on floor mats, and travelling on the infested waters.

Mma Makutski's fiancé has an accident and his aunt becomes very hard to deal with forcing Precious and her friend from the orphan farm take matters into their own hands.



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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Review: Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Continuing in the lives at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, the ladies have some increasingly difficult cases to solve. A football team of their town, Gabarone, is on a very bad losing streak and the owner would like to know the reason for this. The office assistant's fiancé has hired a floozy to sell beds, but she is actually an enemy of Grace's and we see the end of the lovely little van that is so loved by Precious.

A very fun, comfortable, homey read.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review: The Miracle at Speedy Motors

The Miracle at Speedy Motors The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Continuing life in Botswana and the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency things are moving smoothly for the assistant detective. Her fiancé has bought a new bed for them and had it delivered to her house. Unfortunately, the bed couldn't fit through the door.

Precious finds herself in problems over a mistaken identity and her husband very unselfishly takes their adopted handicapped daughter to a very expensive clinic in Johannesburg.

Charlie appears to be maturing and settling down.

Such enjoyable stories and cases in the everyday life of the agency. Each book makes you feel like you are coming home. I love the polite culture; the way they always refer to each other as Mr. or Mrs. They don't call people fat, but rather traditionally built. People are not dead, they are late. They always use the most polite terms and traditional ways for everything.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Review: The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This remains the most charming series that I have read. Not only are there interesting little stories inside the stories, there are also reminders of lessons we have learned in the past.

In this episode we see the saying that if you love something, set if free. If it comes back, its yours, put into actual practice. The couple are both faced with having to let go of their employees and not in the greatest of circumstances. But their integrity is of the finest level and both are able to handle these things in just the right way.

We are getting a glimpse at the new side of the assistant detective, now associate detective and I looking forward to seeing how her life will develop now that she is engaged to a successful businessman.





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Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: Blue Shoes and Happiness

Blue Shoes and Happiness Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

The two ladies continue to work in the detective agency and have added another part time assistant, a fellow that they inadvertently ran into while he was riding his bicycle. He also helps in the garage with minor mechanical repairs and does pick ups and deliveries.

Some of the detective jobs are a bit tricky and Precious is able to solve several mysteries with one blow.

Things are thriving and with the exception of one very tense time when Mma Makutsi accidentally made a comment to her fiance that seemed to have caused him some second thoughts.

These books are so comforting and with a feeling of home. It is hard to put down and you are always looking forward to starting the next in the series.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every day life continues at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and the garage. Precious runs into a complication regarding her first husband and their apprentice, Charlie does a runner.

This is such a heartwarming and calming series that it is hard to put down and continuously looking forward to the next novel. It is a reminder that we must live every day to its fullest and take everything as it comes.

I am off to start the next installment.

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Review: The Alice Network

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars In an enthralling new historical novel from nati...