The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe

The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe

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  The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency often helps people find things they have lost. But they have never had to help a client find herself --until now, in this latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith's bestselling and beloved series.
A kindhearted brother and sister have taken in a woman known only as "Mrs."--a woman with no memory of her name or of how she came to Botswana. And so it's up to Precious Ramotswe and her new co-director, Grace Makutsi, to discover the woman's identity. Meanwhile, motherhood proves to be no obstacle to Mma Makutsi's professional success. As she settles into her role as partner at the agency, she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man's De Luxe Caf#65533;, a restaurant for Gaborone's most fashionable diners. But even Miss 97 Per Cent isn't fully prepared for the temperamental chefs, drunken waiters, and other challenges that come with running one's own business. Help may come from an unexpected source, if only Mma Makutsi can swallow her pride and ask.
And next door to the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is all too familiar with the difficult decisions of business owners. He is finally forced to make a tough choice, one that will bring major changes to both Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency--and that will require all of Mma Ramotswe's finesse and patience to sort out. 
With sympathy and indefatigable good humor, Mma Ramotswe and her friends see one another through these major changes and discover along the way what true friendship really means.

Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, 2014
ISBN: 9780345808615
Branch Call Number: MYS F MCC
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 30, 2018

Can't help myself. It is downright therapeutic to roll easily along with the fine prose of McCall Smith knowing that the only mystery is how Mma Precious Ramotswe, detective par excellence, will resolve the difficulties arising in all directions. The word cosy, when applied to mystery novels, made me turn up my nose for many years. Our author places the very best of our selves in the hands of his protagonists. He makes a world of goodness and light seem within our reach. Fortunately he is prolific...but...more please...more...

Aug 27, 2017

Another delightful and thoughtful book in this series.

Aug 19, 2016

I find this series a wonderful antidote to the factory-produced mystery/thriller too often touted as outstanding reading...and more often than not, seemingly aimed at manipulating the reader thru new levels of violence to new level of anxiety. Wonderful depth of characterization - it's a pleasure to spend time with Precious and Grace and their friends.

cmlibrary_jrobinson Jul 02, 2016

With his usual bravado and antics, readers will laugh at what he gets up to. Readers of this series will pleased with this addition and newbies will be able to pick up on the series background.

Oct 26, 2015

I love this comfortable series. I feel like I know these people, and I’ve been invited to share their daily lives. I loved the addition of Grace’s move into the purchase of a café (hence the name of the book) and the addition of Charlie as an assistant in the detective agency. Even if you haven’t been to Africa, you can feel the flow of Africa in this series.

Aug 10, 2015

Another cut-and-paste heart-warming morality tale from its esteemed master. Smith's stories are like chocolates ... the reader knows it's unhealthy (to the brain ... not the heart) to have too many but its hard to stop with the 15th installment.

Jul 23, 2015

Another good and quick read. I have enjoyed every book in this series.

Jul 05, 2015

A dose of gentility from another unexpected world. Thoroughly enjoyable.

AuntJane Jun 26, 2015

I was happy to have a new installment from my friends in Botswana at the No1 ladies detective agency!

vicbutterfly Feb 11, 2015

Not my cup of tea. Didn't finish it. I'm glad others like it.....

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