Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (17) (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series)

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Smith, who was born in what was formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, writes of Africa with the love and heartache that only a native son can feel, albeit a Scotsman by blood.
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In this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi help a young woman on a quest to find someone from her past.

Changes are afoot at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, where Mma Makutsi, who has recently been promoted to co-director, has been encouraging Mma Ramotswe to update to more modern office practices. However, an unusual case will require both of them to turn their attention firmly to the past. A young Canadian woman who spent her early childhood in Botswana requests the agency’s help in recovering important pieces of her life there. With only a faded photograph—and, of course, some good old-fashioned detective skills—to guide them, Precious and Grace set out to locate the house that the woman used to live in and the caretaker who looked after her many years ago. But when the journey takes an unexpected turn, they are forced to consider whether some lost things may be better off unfound.

Busy as she is with this challenging investigation, Mma Ramotswe can always be relied on to come to the aid of her friends—who seem to have a special knack for landing in hot water. Mr. Polopetsi, an occasional assistant at the agency, has made an ill-advised business decision that may lead to serious trouble. And next door at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Fanwell, the junior mechanic, has become helplessly attached to a stray dog who proves to be a bigger responsibility than he can handle. With Mma Makutsi by her side, Mma Ramotswe dispenses help and sympathy with the graciousness and warmth for which she is so well known, and everyone is led to surprising insights into the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and new beginnings.


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About Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. www.alexandermccallsmith.com
 
Published October 11, 2016 by Pantheon. 241 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 07 2016

The result is a gossamer web that feels miscellaneous even by the loose standards of this celebrated franchise. More than ever, the rewards are local and properly humble, as in every moment experience and wisdom triumph over the blinkered clichés they regularly confront.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Nov 19 2016

...Mr. Polepetsi, their sometime helper, becomes an unwitting pawn in a pyramid scheme involving cattle. As ever, Smith adroitly mixes gentle humor with important life lessons.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Ruth Ng on Sep 19 2016

It was, as it always is, like visiting with old friends, and it left me smiling and peaceful, looking forward to the next installment about Precious and Grace.

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Reviewed by Roz Shea on Oct 14 2016

Smith, who was born in what was formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, writes of Africa with the love and heartache that only a native son can feel, albeit a Scotsman by blood.

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Reviewed by Nicole Leclerc on Dec 01 2016

...as much as you never forget where you are, the reader can always identify with the characters and their actions. One thing you can be sure of: if you open this book, you will take a relaxing trip to a beautiful country on a fascinating continent.

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Reviewed by Barbara Clark on Oct 11 2016

...True to form, Alexander McCall Smith’s fine process of “getting there” wins out over shootouts and car chases any old day, and his asides—often important clues in traditional whodunits—are, well, just asides.

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Reviewed by Meike Alana on Oct 12 2016

Mma Ramotswe, with Grace by her side, brings her usual kindness and sympathy to her friends’ assistance—and McCall Smith leads the reader to surprising insights into the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and new beginnings.

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Reviewed by Meike Alana on Oct 12 2016

Mma Ramotswe, with Grace by her side, brings her usual kindness and sympathy to her friends’ assistance—and McCall Smith leads the reader to surprising insights into the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and new beginnings.

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