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More from the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Novel

The twelfth installment in the beloved, bestselling series is once again a beautiful blend of wit and wisdom, and a profoundly touching tale of the human heart.

Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a dream in which she is driving her dear old white van. Grace Makutsi dreams that her 97 percent on the Botswana Secretarial College exam was a mistake. When Mma Ramotswe discovers that her van is actually still in use (and, of course, sets out to retrieve it), Mma Makutsi wonders whether her dream will turn out to be prophetic as well.

They can only wait and see, but, in the meantime, one of Phuti Radiphuti’s apprentices has gotten a girl pregnant and, under pressure to marry her, has run away. Naturally, it is up to Precious and Grace to help the couple work things out. In other developments, Mma Ramotswe investigates a case of rural jealousy in which cattle are being poisoned. Add to the mix Violet Sephotho’s newly begun, already unstoppable run for the Botswana Parliament and the possibility that wedding bells may finally ring for Phuti Radiphuti and Grace Makutsi — whose love for each other is as great as their love for Botswana — and we have a charming and delightful tale from the inimitable Alexander McCall Smith.


From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
“Smith again makes the sublime look easy in his winning 12th No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel… Smith has few peers in capturing the quiet moments of people’s lives, and his empathetic lead has one of the biggest hearts in modern literature. Even newcomers will quickly be drawn into Mma Ramotswe’s unconventional approach to investigations and rapidly feel that they are with old friends.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Utterly charming and compulsively readable.”
Newsweek
 
“The pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas.”
Entertainment Weekly
 
“McCall Smith’s characters are quick to find joy in small things… . In its own way, McCall Smith’s world is as stylized and hermetic as those created by P.G. Wodehouse or Damon Runyon—a sweet and timeless bubble with its own morality, language and customs. Entering it can be a source of great comfort in these uncertain times.”
— The Seattle Times

Praise for the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency:
“Irresistible.”
The New York Times Book Review

“The pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas.”
Entertainment Weekly

“The best, most charming, honest, hilarious and life affirming books to appear in years.”
The Plain Dealer

“Millions of readers around the world… seem to hunger for the kindness, dignity and humor McCall Smith celebrates in Mma Ramotswe.”
The Oregonian

“Utterly enchanting.”
Chicago Sun-Times


From the Hardcover edition.