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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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The title of this ninth novel in the popular "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series is somewhat misleading. As usual, not all that much happens in the lives of lady detective Precious Ramotswe, her assistant Grace Makutsi, or her husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, but with these gentle tales, it is all in the telling. Will Mma Ramotswe have to sell some of her prize cattle to cover unexpected expenses? Reading each new installment set in Botswana is like spending time with old friends. While these novels are becoming more predictable and sentimental, they still brim with warmth, charm, and wonderfully sly humor not found in McCall Smith's other series set in Scotland (The Sunday Philosophy Club). These stories are not for everyone, but the many addicted could probably read a new one every year until Mma Ramotswe's cows come home. For all popular fiction collections.--Leslie Patterson, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

'The books possess a beguiling simplicity that is hard to convey without making them seem fey, when in fact they are direct, vivid and down-to-earth ... what he achieves in his No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels is the depiction in the lives of his main characters of a benign system of morality - derived by Mma Ramotswe from the old-fashioned ways of doing things' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Nothing spoils [McCall Smith's] vision of Botswana as a place where decent people triumph over mischief-makers' SUNDAY TIMES ** 'The writing is as fluent and gracious as ever, and charmingly conveys the practical wisdom of much of African life' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ** 'Written with the gentleness of its predecessors and with a charm that is quite exceptional in modern detective fiction' DAILY MAIL ** 'Whether you're making your first visit to McCall Smith's fictional Botswana or your ninth, it's an irrestible destination' SCOTSMAN 'If you've not read them before, beware, they're addictive! ... A lovely easy read with wonderful characters set against a picturesque Botswana' ESSENTIALS ** 'Tempering the robust approach of her assistant, Mma Makutsi, Precious Ramotswe's enquiries tackle "cattle envy" and other awkward social situations with refreshing humanism' FINANCIAL TIMES ** 'Beautifully written and triumphantly feel-good, this latest offering has immediately sped up the bestseller lists. And deservedly so' SUNDAY EXPRESS ** 'A heart-warming tale that will not disappoint fans' WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY

Precious Ramotswe, "Botswana's foremost solver of problems," is used to handling mostly straightforward domestic cases, which makes a series of anonymous letters threatening her and her prickly assistant, Grace Makutsi, all the more disturbing in Smith's triumphant ninth No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel (after The Good Husband of Zebra Drive). The search for whoever penned the letters coincides with a new commission: Manka Sebina, whose birth parents gave her up as a child, hires the agency to track down any living relatives. Both problems afford Mma Ramotswe ample opportunity to display her winning blend of insight into others' motivations and an endearingly naive belief in the best in human nature. Significant, if incremental, developments in the lives of the community Smith has lovingly created over the course of the series will intrigue old fans. Immediately accessible to newcomers, this entry will prompt them to seek out the earlier books. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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