The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
The New Novel in the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series
By Alexander Mccall Smith
(Random House Large Print, Hardcover, Large Print, 9780375433610, 368pp.)
Publication Date: April 17, 2007
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The eighth installment in the universally beloved, internationally bestselling series.
In the life of Mma Ramotswe – a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build – there is rarely a dull moment, and in her newest round of adventures, challenges and intrigues, the same certainly holds true. But one thing above all else is keeping her occupied – her estimable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. He has been hinting for some time now that he intends to do something special for their adopted daughter, Motholeli, and it seems that the time for this good deed has come. Of course, good deed or not, his plan is bound to hit some snags. And that’s when he will undoubtedly consider himself doubly – perhaps even triply – lucky to be married to the ever-resourceful, ever-understanding Precious Ramotswe.
Alexander McCall Smith lives in Scotland, where he is Professor Emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh. He has a long connection with Botswana, where he once worked and to which he returns each year for a visit of homage to the country of his heroine Mma Ramotswe. He is the author of many other books, including the Isabel Dalhousie series. In his spare time, he plays the contrabassoon in an amateur orchestra called the Really Terrible Orchestra.
Praise for Blue Shoes and Happiness (Book 7):
“It is lovely to be in the presence of the wise Mma Ramotswe. . . . How could you not love a friend like [her]?” —Edmonton Journal
“The greatest pleasure in reading these books is Ramotswe’s view of life. . . . Anybody who needs some gentle reassurance about life would be rewarded by putting on a soft bathrobe and sinking into Blue Shoes and Happiness.”
—The London Free Press
Praise for the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series:
“Delightful . . . The warm humanity infused throughout [McCall Smith’s] novels is what brings readers back . . . There is simplicity and lyricism in [the] language that brings out the profound importance of everyday revelations.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“There is something so soothing about Precious Ramotswe’s adventures. Reading one is like taking a lazy cruise down a slow-moving river on a hot day. And as diverse as the mysteries in each book are, there is always a common thread that draws them together in their solutions. I often wonder how Alexander McCall Smith does it, because I never suspect how everything will turn out, beyond that all will be for the best.”
—New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal