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ISBN: 030737839X
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Language: English
Publisher: Pantheon Books; First Edition edition (March 22, 2011)
Pages: 213
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Humour
Rating: 4.1
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The Saturday Big Tent We. .has been added to your Cart. In this, the twelfth book of this series, Mma Precious Ramotswe, the proprietor of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is hired to find who dun-it in the case of brutal attacks on a farmer's cattle.

The Saturday Big Tent We. As the client begins to show his true colors, Precious decides he is not particularly likable and perhaps even less truthful.

In this, the twelfth book of this series, Mma Precious Ramotswe, the proprietor of the No. He is; however, a client and is entitled to the best services of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Travel with Precious Ramotswe as she tries to unravel the mystery. Mma Ramotswe's assistant, Grace Makutsi, is getting married very soon

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Imaginary organization)-Fiction. Chapter One: The Memory of Lost Things. Chapter Two: The Charlie Problem. Chapter Three: You are the Lady to Help People.

No. Chapter Four: Rich People Have Many Cattle. Chapter Five: You Know a Girl Called Prudence?

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith set in Botswana and featuring the character Mma Precious Ramotswe. The series is named for the first novel, published in 1998.

The No. Nineteen novels have been published in the series between 1998 and 2018. Mma Precious Ramotswe is the main character in this series. The country of Botswana is in a sense a character as well, as it figures prominently in the stories

If you like series books, No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books are just fun! . I bought this book because I am a fan of the series "The N. Ladies Detective Agency" and The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party is the latest in the series. I was not disappointed

If you like series books, No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books are just fun! I always enjoy reading books by Alexander McCall Smith. I can't figure out how he can take on the personality of a woman in Botswana, but I always feel like she is right there in the book. I was not disappointed. This latest book is as delightful as all the others in the series. I hope the author, Alexander McCall, continues to write more.

The twelfth book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. As the countdown finally begins to Mma Makutsi’s wedding, all is not as it should be at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. While investigating unpleasant occurrences on a southern cattle-post, Mma Ramotswe, always on the side of the underdog, has reason to reflect on Rule No. 3 of The Principles of Private Detection: never lie to the client.

This paragraph from page 92 of The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party perfectly illustrates what I love about this series. On the surface it is a gently comedic mystery series in which blood is rarely spilled and almost no one dies (at least not from murder). I know some readers find it a series in which nothing seems to happen. she would always take the time to drink tea, to look at the sky, and to talk.

Smith Alexander McCall. Mma Ramotswe set up the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency with the proceeds of the sale of her father's cattle. Alexander McCall Smith The no. 1 ladies' detective agency THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY – This book is for Anne Gordon-Gillies in Scotland and for Joe and Mimi McKnight in Dallas, Texas CHAPTER ONE THE DADDYMMA RAMOTSWE had a detective agency in Africa, at the foot of Kgale Hill. These were its assets: a tiny white van, two desks, two chairs, a telephone, and an old typewriter. Detective agencies rely on human intuition and intelligence, both of which Mma Ramotswe had in abundance. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 12Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ . 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics.

THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 12Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.At a remote cattle post south of Gaborone two cows have been killed, and Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s No. 1 Lady Detective, is asked to investigate by a rather frightened and furtive gentleman. It is an intriguing problem with plenty of suspects—including, surprisingly, her own client. To complicate matters, Mma Ramotswe is haunted by a vision of her dear old white van, and Grace Makutsi witnesses it as well. Is it the ghost of her old friend, or has it risen from the junkyard?  In the meantime, one of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni’s apprentices may have gotten a girl pregnant and, under pressure to marry her, has run away. Naturally, it is up to Precious to help sort things out. Add to the mix Violet Sephotho’s newly launched run for the Botswana Parliament and a pair of perfect wedding shoes—will wedding bells finally ring for Phuti Radiphuti and Grace Makutsi?—and we have a charming and delightful tale in the inimitable style of Alexander McCall Smith.

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Wrathmaster
Join Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, for the weeks that elapse in this charming tale of life in Botswana, and you may emerge with fresh perspective on life. Mma Ramotswe -- the prefix is a title akin to "Ms." -- and those who surround her live their lives in a slow and steady way that would be familiar to village-based people everywhere but alien to those of us who populate the world's fast-paced urban centers.

Mma Ramotswe's Botswana is a nation displaced from the passage of time as we experience it. Botswana today is one of the world's fastest-growing nations, an efficiently governed country that has raised its GDP per capital from $70 in 1966, when it gained independence from Britain, to $14,800 in 2010. There is no hint of this dynamism in The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, which harkens back to an age before the Internet, before mobile phones, before American, European, and Indian films -- in short, before all the trappings of today's reality that are inescapable in all but the most resolutely isolated countries in the world today. This is a celebration of the Africa that never was.

In this novel, as in its predecessors in the celebrated No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Mma Ramotswe's world is circumscribed by a stable cast of characters who play roles in all her various cases: her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, "the best mechanic in all Botswana," and his two young apprentices, Charlie and Fanwell; her socially inept sidekick, Grace Makutsi, who never lets anyone forget she achieved "97 per cent" on her final exam at the Botswana Secretarial College; Grace's nemesis, Violet Sephotho, a glamorous, man-hungry ne'er-do-well; Grace's fiance, Phuti Radiphuti, the well-to-do owner of a furniture store; and Mma Potokwane, who manages the orphan farm and the lives of anyone else who comes into her orbit.

All these characters play their assigned roles as Mma Ramotswe sets out to solve the latest mystery -- the murder of two cows under the dead of night at a remote rural cattle post -- all the while she pursues the ghost of a beloved tiny white van, confronts the accusation that Charlie has fathered twins but refuses to acknowledge them, and helps Grace prepare for her wedding. Each of these plotlines is fraught with anxiety and yields up a surprise, but it all comes out just fine in the end, as always.

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party is the 12th in Smith's series of novels about The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, his best-known work in fiction. However, this is just one among four other series of novels plus a much longer list of children's books. And his work in fiction pales against his professional career as an expert in forensic law and bioethics and a respected university lecturer in both Scotland and Botswana. In addition to his numerous works of fiction, he has authored or coauthored a dozen nonfiction books on medicine, the law, and other topics.

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Eta
Amidst the whirlwind of preparations (including the all-important finding of the perfect shoes!) for the coming wedding of Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Ramotswe is hired by a wealthy cowman to look into the horrible midnight killings of several of his cows. Is Mr. Moeti, the cowman, truly the innocent victim that he appears? Or is the solution to the mystery more complicated than Mma Ramotswe is first led to believe? As she delves into the problem, Mma Ramotswe once again stumbles upon many truths about human nature including how very cruel and unkind many people - especially the rich and those in power - can be. As she compares the men she meets with the memory of her late father, that truly great man Obed Ramotswe, Precious can't help but feel discouraged. Luckily, she has another great man in her life to restore her faith in human nature: the wonderful J. L. B. Matekoni.

As usual, Mma Ramotswe has many other problems to face as she tries to solve the current case. She has strange sightings of her tiny white van, long thought to be reduced to parts, and finds her heart aching for her lost "friend." Charlie, too, is causing problems with his feckless ways and rumors that he has fathered twins with an imprudent girl named Prudence. Can Mma Makutsi help him grow and face these new responsibilities without alienating him? Grace, too, brings her a difficult problem relating, of course, to shoes.

As ever, Alexander McCall Smith weaves a wonderful tale that evokes the spirit and heart of Botswana and teaches some important lessons along the way. He gently reminds us of the fact that we often don't see the sorrow motivating others and we should remember that when we race to judge their actions. With subtle grace, he brings many other important morals and truths to light and he sprinkles them with less philosophical musings like those on the pleasure that women take in windows shopping (and the inability of men to understand it) and the correlation between today's abundance of foul language and the abandoned use of disciplinary tools like carbolic soap. Most importantly, he reminds us that the people in our lives are each a miraculous gift, put there by a generous God who loves us no matter who we are. What a wonderful book from one of my very favorite authors!

One quick additional note - listening to Lisette Lecat narrate this book makes it ten times better! Her accents and emotional emphasis perfectly mesh with McCall Smith's prose.
Barit
Can treasured white vans come back from the grave? Mma Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi certainly believe it when they catch fleeting glimpses of what appears to be Mma Ramotswe's trusty (now late) van driving through the streets.

However, there are cases to be solved, and problems to be resolved, and soon they are taken up with the case of some slaughtered cattle whose owner is seeking justice. On the home front, Charlie finally does something productive and is trying to outrun his responsibilities, and it's up to Mma Ramotswe to pin him down and work out the best course of action.

To add to the strange occurrences of the ghost van and the dead cattle, something much more sinister is afoot when arch-rival Violet Sephotho decides to run for Parliament. Of course everything gets solved after a little legwork and a lot of tea, and everybody unites for a good old fashioned wedding in the end.

This one is a little slower paced than most, but for fans of the series it's just like a familiar and comfortable pair of shoes.

Amanda Richards, April 6, 2012

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