Blue Shoes and Happiness
By Alexander McCall Smith
Pantheon Books, Hardcover, 9780375422720, 227pp.
Publication Date: April 18, 2006
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THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 7
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.
A cobra has been found in Precious Ramotswe’s office. Then a nurse from a local medical clinic reveals that faulty blood–pressure readings are being recorded there. And Botswana has a new advice columnist, Aunty Emang, whose advice is rather curt for Mma Ramotswe’s taste.
All this means a lot of work for our heroine and her inestimable assistant, Grace Makutsi, and they are, of course, up to the challenge. But there’ s trouble brewing in Mma Makutsi’s own life. When Phuti Radiphuti misses their customary dinner date, she begins to wonder if he is having second thoughts about their engagement. And while Mma Makutsi may be able to buy that fashionably narrow (and uncomfortable) pair of blue shoes, it may not buy her the happiness that Mma Ramotswe promises her she’ll find in the simpler things—in contentment with the world and enough tea to smooth over the occasional bumps in the road.
“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detec-tive Agency series is a literary confection of gossamer deliciousness . . . There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books.”
—Janet Malcolm, The New York Times Book Review
“The best, most charming, honest, hilarious, and life-affirming books to appear in years.”
—The Plain Dealer
“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
“Enthralling . . . [Mma Ramotswe] is someone readers can’t help but love.”
“Sweet, soothing, [and] abundant in folk wisdom . . . These novels are poultices, valued for their healing properties. [They have] a contagious warmth.”
—The New York Times
“Thoroughly original . . . Vivid, affectionately rendered details of everyday Botswana life . . . A pleasure.”