Of miracles and kindness

MiracleHave you read the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books written by the prolific author Alexander McCall Smith? I hope so – otherwise you are really missing out on tales of kindness, human nature, good and bad in Botswana.

A couple of weeks ago, I finished the ninth book in the series: The Miracle at Speedy Motors. Mma Precious Ramotswe, the only lady detective in Botswana, once again sets out to deal with a number of cases in a very compassionate and gentle way. There are the threatening anonymous letters, a client’s search for the truth about her family, as well as her husband’s own pursuit for a miracle for their wheelchair-bound foster daughter.

Oh – and let’s not forget the girl-obsessed mechanics at her husband’s garage and her assistant, Grace, wearer of extremely large glasses.

Mix these characters with a dash of detective work. Then sprinkle with a large dose of human compassion and reflection. You then enter another world where the pace is slower, and where gentleness and kindness – not to mention lots of red bush tea – can still solve most troubles.

27 responses

  1. I have the whole series! I love the stories, the tone. It all seems so real. There’s a movie version now, well, a series of episodes that was on TV in the States. They were wonderful, which was a bit of a surprise because I don’t usually enjoy movie versions of books very much. I hope the series comes out on DVD because I want to have them, and I don’t ever buy movie DVDs.

    I also drink rooibos tea ( bush tea) which is very popular in Holland, and cheap. I just came back from Holland and I brought a ton of rooibos in my suitcase. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Miss Footloose


    August 14, 2009 at 05:32

  2. I am a big fan both of Precious Ramotswe and red bush tea. These are great stories, and they always take me right home.


    August 14, 2009 at 07:20

  3. I’ve frequently picked one or other of this series up and then put it down again. Don’t know why. But after this I’ll be carrying it to the till!


    August 14, 2009 at 07:53

  4. I read the first book years ago but a friend of mine has just loaned me 44 Scotland Street….I’m really looking forward to reading it!!

    C x


    August 14, 2009 at 08:05

  5. Kata

    They are a brilliant series, soon to be movie or TV series. You are certainly make your bloggers work with all these recommended books!


    August 14, 2009 at 09:25

    • Well, someone’s got to help prise them off their computers and into the realm of literature! ๐Ÿ˜‰


      August 14, 2009 at 12:24

  6. SirPe

    I loved the first movie too, and I really hope there will be more to follow ๐Ÿ™‚


    August 14, 2009 at 09:29

  7. Po

    Ninth book! I stopped at about no 4! I really enjoy those books, I used to live in Botswana.


    August 14, 2009 at 09:30

  8. Hey LadyFi, your blog is becoming a site for book reviews lol. (That’s a compliment) I’m adding yet another book recommended by you to my list.


    August 14, 2009 at 12:43

  9. Your talking about a book I know well and really enjoyed. Your reviews are just the greatest!


    August 14, 2009 at 14:41

  10. Never heard of them. But am waiting for YOURS. Somehow I have the feeling your book would be extremely entertaining. So, when do we see it, milady? ๐Ÿ™‚


    August 14, 2009 at 15:23

  11. I read the whole series some years ago, and LOVED the books. Not sure I want to watch the screen version though. My imagination and the words have created a world I don’t want to see changed!


    August 14, 2009 at 16:32

  12. I read all the posts going back to the cakes with berries – that got me hungry so I’m off for my dinner!


    August 14, 2009 at 17:43

  13. I love these books. They make me want to drink tea.


    August 14, 2009 at 19:15

  14. At the high school where I was the principal, our English classes read several of the No 1 ladiesยด books as English texts and they are AWESOME! They even had some educational exchanges with a school in botswana!


    August 14, 2009 at 19:59

  15. My ma-in-law has a few and I tried one of them but I don’t know why it wasn’t for me – one of those things i guess.


    August 14, 2009 at 20:48

  16. I have never picked up one of these books – not usually in the genre I read but maybe I’ll give it a whirl. Thanks for the info!


    August 14, 2009 at 23:09

  17. Love those books!!

    Was recommended by a friend a long time ago and it was one good recommendation!


    August 15, 2009 at 00:28

  18. Aren’t these books wonderful? I started them when they first came out and then kind of lost track of them somewhere after book 4. I’ll have to catch back up!


    August 15, 2009 at 03:44

  19. After reading all the positive comments you received, it’s time for me to pick one up. I think those would be my kind of reading.


    August 15, 2009 at 04:27

  20. I’d heard about this series but haven’t read it yet. Now I’m off to the library. Thanks for the tip.


    August 15, 2009 at 06:13

  21. I was not familiar with this series. Thanks for your review/preview. Looks like a good read.


    August 15, 2009 at 11:26

  22. I have not read this one yet, thanks for the good review!


    August 16, 2009 at 00:29

  23. Thank you, LadyFi…sounds like a book I will enjoy…I think I must order it ๐Ÿ™‚


    August 17, 2009 at 11:11

  24. I need to start reading her……going to put her on the top of my TBR!


    August 17, 2009 at 20:59

  25. I have always wanted to read one of these books, but have never managed it. Will this be the push that sends me over the edge?


    August 26, 2009 at 23:48

  26. Pingback: Of Shakespeare and baboons « On a quirky quest with Lady Fi

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