The Joy and Light Bus Company (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 22)

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The Joy and Light Bus Company (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 22)

The Joy and Light Bus Company (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 22)

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Precious seeks the wise counsel of her good friend Mma Potokwani at the Orphan Farm, reflecting that “Wise people had been replaced in the public estimation by that curious category of people – celebrities – who were, for the most part, shallow people not known for their wisdom.” Her sound advice is gratefully accepted, even if it does include a recommendation for yoga.

While there, Precious is disturbed by what she learns about one of the newest orphans: there is a suggestion that a well-off family is engaging in a practice long out-lawed. Acting on impulse, she later manages get important information from very close to the source, and cleverly uses a certain woman’s susceptibility to superstition to ensure things are set to rights. Several recurring characters make an appearance in the book, one of them being beautiful, husband-stealer Violet Sephoto, who's always making trouble. Mma Makutski huffily declares she's no secretary, she's the co-managing director - a new title she's bestowed on herself. Over time Mma Makutsi has promoted herself from secretary, to assistant detective, to associate detective, to co-detective, to co-partner.....and up the ladder to co-managing director. 😄 Another delightful story from Alexander McCall Smith. In this story Mma Precious Ramotswe makes incorrect assumptions about several people and then learns she is incorrect. Haven’t we all done that at sometime in our life.Mma Ramotswe is horrified by this modern slavery, but the rich family is powerful, so Mma Ramotswe must be creative to deal with them.

The important thing is to carry on doing what you’re doing,’ she said. ‘And not to do what you think other people think you should do. You should do what you do as well as you possibly can.” Alexander McCall Smith writes with wit, wisdom, and a quiet philosophy of life and friendship. Set in present-day Botswana, MMA. Precious Ramotswe still runs the detective agency along with her good friend Mma. Makutsi. Grace Makutsi was originally hired as a secretary, but she keeps promoting herself under new impressive titles over the years. She now refers to herself as 'Senior co-Managing Director.'I wish to express my sincere thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada. I was delighted to receive this ARC in return for an honest review. It is astounding that this is the 22nd book in the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series, and they always remain fresh and enjoyable and provide food for thought.

What worries Precious Ramotswe most about the scheme is that the necessary bank loan will be taken against the garage and the premises of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Failure of such a risky business venture will impact on them all. (Self-appointed) senior co-managing director of the Agency, Mma Grace Makutsi can see the problem, but understands that “male menopausal behaviour was beyond rational argument”. She promises to enlist Phuti Radiphuti’s help in talking sense into Mr JLB Matekoni. In Smith’s leisurely 21st No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel (after 2019’s To the Land of Long Lost Friends), Blessing Mompati, a distant cousin of Precious Ramotse, the agency’s head, Continue reading » There is nothing wrong with this bus,’ he said. ‘Or there won’t be, once we have fixed all the things that…’ He floundered, before continuing, ‘… all the things that are wrong with it.’ Then he added, hurriedly, ‘Not that there are all that many things wrong, I think. Just some. Just three or four … or five. Small things, mostly, like brakes and so on.’” to people who are unhappy inside themselves. There is room for everyone. Everyone should be able to find somewhere on this earth to sit down.” In the end, Mma Ramotswe’s patience and common-sense will win out, and, without a doubt, all will be the better for it.

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Sometimes there were doubts, and those doubts could persist, but often you really had no choice. You had to feel your way through the complexities of this life and hope, just hope, that you got it right more often than you got it wrong.” As the story unfolds we also hear from Mma Makutski's 'talking shoes' which are always good for a laugh. Finally, while visiting Mma Potokwame at the Orphan Farm, Mma Ramotswe hears about what amounts to domestic slavery. Can she help?

In this installment, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni attends a seminar on business and gets an offer he seemingly can't refuse. But this offer could affect Mma Ramotswe and their financial well being. So naturally Mma Makutsi springs into action. In this latest installment in the beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Mma Ramotswe is tempted to put the brakes on a business venture before it even gets rolling. Traditional mystery and thriller readers may find the pace too slow with way too much interior, contemplative monologue; however, Alexander McCall Smith in many places is expert at conveying a great deal within a short description. As always, the ladies muse on many topics, including what is required to keep men happy, and Mma Makutsi coins an excellent term for those old-fashioned males who still indulge in sexual discrimination: Past Tense Men.The fact that I find myself feeling concerned about the marriages of two women that are fictional, fictional, fictional says a great deal about Smith’s capacity to develop characters with depth and breadth.

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