The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (16)

eBook - 2015
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This latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith's bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency endearing and delectable as ever!
     Precious Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are both back in harness at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but for once business is a bit slow. At Mma Makutsi's suggestion, Mma Ramotswe allows herself to be persuaded to take a holiday--her first ever!--even if she finds it a bit odd that Mma Makusti should be so adamant about it. But just as Mma Ramotswe is ready to depart, a new client arrives, a young woman whose father was regarded as a hero in the history of Botswana. Now his reputation is being called into question--was he courageous, as is widely believed, or was he merely a philanderer and opportunist? Though Mma Ramotswe initially wants to cancel her trip, she is cajoled into going by Mma Makutsi's assurances that she and Charlie have the situation well in hand. However Mma Ramotswe finds that she cannot possibly submit to the luxuries of a carefree holiday without knowing exactly what's going on at the Agency, so she asks Charlie to be her eyes and ears while she's away--failing to account for the fact that Charlie is not an altogether reliable emissary, particularly with much of his attention diverted to the challenges of a newly adopted dog. At the close of the investigation, everyone at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency will confront some uncomfortable truths from their own past and learn to treat certain ordinary human failings with a large helping of charity and compassion.

Publisher: New York :, Knopf Canada,, 2015
ISBN: 9780345808660
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Aug 14, 2016

Filled with gentle wisdom and humour.

Jul 07, 2016

I so agree with cknightkc. Besides the story is the rich sharing of Botswana, and the customs, search and hope for progress, while retaining the identity. The author keeps up with the changing times, injects the wisdom of the narrative, and weaves a worthy story. While I read books of different agenda, at times, I simply need to kick back, and read for simplicity, learning of African customs, and the nuggets of wisdom the author provides for further contemplation. Smith has a way of interjecting story, wisdom, compassion, and sharing of this one place in Africa, a microcosm we may not have had the privilege to explore.

Apr 05, 2016

Having read the previous instalment, I was curious as to how Makutsi's latest business venture was going to be followed on from. I didn't get the insight I wanted about this topic but perhaps that is to be expected in such a series as this?

AuntJane Apr 04, 2016

Great and enjoyable read.

Feb 03, 2016

This was a joy from beginning to end. The perfect anodyne for getting out of post war Italy! (was reading Marco Vichi; Inspector Bordelli) Precious and gang help us remember we're all the same, no matter what. Just take some time to remember that and we'll all be the better for it. Thank you for the gentle reminder!

Jan 02, 2016

Who would think that the 16th book in the Ladies Detective Agency series would be my favorite, but it is. Power-hungry Mma Makutsi takes over the angency while Mma Romotswe is “forced” to take a vacation. I sort of saw this story as the swan song of the series with the destruction of the agency when left to Mma Makutsi and Charlie. Instead it turns into \ another delightful story filled with interesting characters and mysteries involving human nature.

Dec 27, 2015

Always such a pleasure to read the Mma Ramotswe series. I thought that the explanation of the main mystery was missing something, but it didn't detract very much from my enjoyment of this book.

Dec 09, 2015

Grace Makutsi arranges for Precious Ramotswe to take a vacation, although Mma Ramotswe is not sure that she wants one. Despite miscommunication and misgivings, the entanglements of a case that seems to be going awry, Violet Sephotho, and a boy who is getting a bad start in life, Mma Ramotswe does get a vacation that she enjoys. A lovely, comforting read.

Nov 30, 2015

THE WOMAN WHO WALKED IN SUNSHINE is another charming addition to a series in which the plot has become secondary to the characters and their relationships. Author Alexander McCall Smith quietly interjects wisdom and humor in his writing. The customs and details of everyday life are important to his stories, as is the beautiful setting of Botswana and Africa. For me, reading this book is as comforting as a cup of hot chocolate (or a cup of Mma Ramotswe's bush tea) on a cold winter's day.

Nov 12, 2015

As always, stellar storytelling.
This one is more about a test to the strength of Mma Ramotswe's and Mma Makutsi's relationship than indivuduals' needs in private detection. Mr. Polopetsi makes a brief return appearance and another stray orphan turns up.

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