A Song of Comfortable Chairs (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 23)

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A Song of Comfortable Chairs (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 23)

A Song of Comfortable Chairs (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 23)

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The only female-owned detective agency in Botswana is the realization of a dream of Mma Precious Ramotswe. She was inspired when she came across a slender volume, the self-published The Principles of Private Detection by a little-known (fictional) American author, Clovis Andersen, of Muncie, Indiana who set the gold standard of investigation for her. The now battered, oft-read copy serves as a guideline and part gospel for the small office. TWO WOMEN STRIVE TO RESTORE HARMONY I appreciated this chance to hang out with good friends Precious Ramotswe, Grace Makutsi, and Mr J.L.B Matekoni and catch up on what has been happening in Botswana. I read about a furniture company that puts profit before quality and attempts to undercut Grace’s husband (Phuti) and drive him towards bankruptcy. I also read about Grace’s friend who has a troubled son. Both cases were solved with kindness, generosity and cleverness - the founding corners of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. But are things as easy as the plan? How will Grace Makutsi and Mma Ramotswe handle the latest complexities?

I like the main character PI Mma Precious Ramotswe’s formal and polite speech and kind treatment of others. Her pragmatic way of approaching a problem makes her an excellent detective. She has worked with Grace Makutsi for several years. Grace can grate on the nerves with her attempts to appear to be in charge, but Precious has more patience than I ever would with the whole Grace situation! In this latest installment in the beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Grace Makutsi encounters a pair of quandaries that will require all of her and Mma Ramotswe's cleverness and generosity to resolve Alexander McCall Smith, often referred to as ‘Sandy’, is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the UK and abroad before turning his hand to writing fiction. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children’s books. His first book, The White Hippo—a children’s book, was published by Hamish Hamilton in 1980.

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I love this author's Isabel Dalhousie series and I was looking forward to discovering another wonderful series by him. Instead, I was disappointed by the slow pace, and the repititiousness in the characters. It's odd, but the very things that I love about Isabel Dalhousie just don't work for me here. The office case-load is light as they are selective about their clients and making money is not their primary objective. They rather prefer to right wrongs and restore harmony. ONE RIVAL FURNITURE STORE COULD BRING RUIN

The Double Comfort Furniture Store has been selling finely crafted furnishings proudly manufactured in Botswana for two generations. Bills are mounting, accounts are in the red and Rra Phuti Radhiphuti is contemplating mounting a close-out sale. The happy couple could lose their home, as well as business and create financial hardships for their employees. In a world where there aren’t always answers and at a time when we are all looking for answers, this is a fabulous read. I know any book in this series will end well and that Precious and Grace will solve the cases. For a few hours, all is right with the world and my worries are set aside. We could all do with a little Botswana wisdom in our life. We can have a cup of tea together, my sister [...] My sister: it was a statement of solidarity: a proclaimed, public statement, intended for the ears of others, but a private pledge of support and understanding." I did not find this book intermittently annoying (so it's a definite improvement over the last one), but I am bewildered that the agency can manage to stay in business. The only paying case mentioned here is already concluded, with Grace Makutsi puzzling over how to word their report to the client. There are, however, two personal "cases," one involving a threat to Grace's husband's furniture business, and the other being the problem a friend of hers is having with her teenage son. Thanks to Mma Ramotswe's ingenuity (and that of other regulars, including Charlie), both of those situations are resolved quite cleverly and satisfactorily. So all in all, it's an enjoyable book.In addition to these series, Alexander has written a number of stand-alone novels, including, The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse, My Italian Bulldozer, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party, Chance Developments and Pianos and Flowers. After his first- ever visit to the dentist, Charlie is dismayed to learn what will be needed to keep his teeth from falling out. As usual, he has numerous unsatisfactory interactions with Mma Makutsi, but somehow ends up becoming a mentor to a troubled young boy. Meanwhile, Grace is approached by an old friend who has a troubled son. She and Phuti agree to take Patience and Modise in and lend a hand, but things don’t work out quite as intended, and the situation proves difficult for them to handle. It will require not only all of their persistence and dedication but also help from an unexpected quarter to find a solution that will make everyone happy. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Knopf Doubleday via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of A Song of Comfortable Chairs by Alexander McCall Smith for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Patience is visibly troubled, and the detectives learn that Patience recently escaped from a horrible abusive man in her home town. Patience and her 14-year-old-son Modise are now living with a nice man in Gaborone, but Modise's rebellious sullen behavior may get them ejected. So Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi hatch a devious plan to try to rectify the situation. Charlie continues as a part-time detective in training and half-time as a mechanic in Precious's husband's car repair shop. He is still subject to taunts and insults from Grace, who contends this is sarcastic joking. This is a different kind of cozy mystery where there isn’t necessarily a dead body, but there is plenty of detecting. I recommend it to all cozy mystery lovers looking for a book with great characters, an entertaining mystery, and an underlying sense of kindness. Grace and Mma Ramotswe meet Grace’s childhood friend Patience, who appears to be dealing with her own issues. Mma Ramotswe comes up with ideas that might solve both issues and provide a happy solution for all of them.And one that we all learned to read without ever being specifically taught to do so. How many parents sat their children down and told them what these things meant? Very few, or none, she thought. Grace’s husband’s business has been under siege by a new furniture company that has been undercutting prices by selling low-quality, uncomfortable chairs made in China and transported from nearby South Africa. The unscrupulous competitor may have insider information giving them the advertising edge.

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