The Miracle at Speedy Motors
By Alexander McCall Smith
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307277466, 214pp.)
Publication Date: March 10, 2009
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THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 9
Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor--not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea.
Under the endless skies of Botswana, there is always something Mma Ramotswe can do to help someone and here she finds herself assisting a woman looking for her family. The problem is the woman doesn't know her real name or whether any of her family members are still alive. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is the recipient of a beautiful new bed that causes more than a few sleepless nights. And, at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has come under the influence of a doctor promising a miracle cure for his daughter's medical condition, which Mma Ramotswe finds hard to accept. Nonetheless, Precious Ramotswe handles these things in her usual compassionate and good-natured way, while always finding time for a cup of red bush tea.
- After Mma Makutsi protests about the agency's address being "in care of" Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mma Ramotswe thinks about the meanings of the phrase. "Yes, we were all care of one another in the final analysis, at least in Botswana, where people looked for and valued those invisible links that connected people, that made for belonging". Would you consider this idea central to the book? To which characters or events in the story does this phrase "in care of" seem most pertinent?
"Irresistible — there will indeed be miracles."
—The New York Times Book Review
“Charming, warmly affecting. . . . As comfy cozy as can be.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A fitting part of the tiny miracle the entire series has been.”
“The pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas.”
Praise for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series
"Alexander McCall Smith's big-hearted Botswanan stories [allow] his readers to escape into a world of simple, picturesque pleasures and upstanding virtues."
—The New York Times Book Review
"The best, most charming, honest, hilarious, and life-affirming books to appear in years."
—The Plain Dealer
"Utterly enchanting... It is impossible to come away from an Alexander McCall Smith 'mystery novel' without a smile on the lips and warm fuzzies in the heart."
"As pleasing as a cup of red bush tea."
"Beguiling, lyrical... Blessed with McCall Smith's richly detailed portraits of life in Africa and his flair for storytelling with an engaging cast of fully realized characters."
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Delightful... Millions of readers around the world seem to hunger for the kindness, dignity, and humor McCall Smith celebrates in Mma Ramotswe."