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Precious and Grace: No. 1 Ladies' Detective…
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Precious and Grace: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (17) (No. 1 Ladies'… (edição: 2016)

de Alexander McCall Smith (Autor)

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"The delightful seventeenth installment of the ever-popular, perennially best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The co-director of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, as he is newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts. So when a young Canadian woman approaches Mma Ramotswe with a complex case, it's up to her alone to solve it--with her signature intuition and insight, of course. The young woman spent part of her childhood in Botswana and needs help finding a long-lost acquaintance. But much time has passed, and her memory yields few clues. The difficult search--and the unexpected results--will remind them all that sometimes it's those we think we know best who most surprise us"--… (mais)
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Título:Precious and Grace: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (17) (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series)
Autores:Alexander McCall Smith (Autor)
Informação:Pantheon (2016), Edition: First American edition., 240 pages
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The theme of finding home runs through Alexander McCall Smith's “Precious and Grace” (2016), the 17th volume in his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. So does forgiveness, or the need for forgiveness as much for the wronged as for the one who did the wrong.

This may sound like heavy stuff for a novel that seems light and fluffy when you are reading it, but that is often the case with McCall Smith's novels. There's usually a hard nut or two somewhere in his creamy mixture of chocolate and peanut butter.

A Canadian woman named Susan who spent her girlhood in Botswana comes to the detective agency asking Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi to find the house where she once lived and, in particular, the woman who cared for her, someone named Rosie.

Meanwhile Fanwell, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's apprentice mechanic, returns with a stray dog. That dog, it turns out, needs a home even more than Susan does, thus giving Precious two assignments, even if only one has a fee involved.

Finding Rosie and the place where Susan grew up turn out to be relatively easy, even if the task does involve a close call with a poisonous snake. The real challenge becomes discovering why this woman wants to find Rosie and what she plans to do after she does.

What's really needed, Precious decides, is not reunion but forgiveness. Forgiveness is grace, and grace is a very precious thing. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Feb 3, 2020 |
As usual I love these books for all the kind lessons in them. I will admit that Mma Matsuki absolutely drives me crazy, but Mma Ramstowes patience is a lesson to learn for sure. ( )
  bookswithmom | Dec 18, 2019 |
Precious and Grace continue to work well together mostly through Precious' kindly patience, tolerance and wisdom. Even though Grace is intelligent she is keenly sensitive to what people say, and how they say it. If those words and manners don't meet with her expectations she can easily she make a hasty and incorrect decision. Precious has learned to navigate this emotional and stubborn land mine of an employee to help Grace see the truth clearly.

Precious uses a natural, wholesome spirituality to consider those that come to her for help. She handles them and their cases with a sweet disposition, understanding and sympathy. This innate ability to think about and treat others
humanely and non-judgmentally brings to mind Louise Penny's Armand Gamache who works similarly.

Would be interesting to have them meet and establish the Caring and Thoughtful Detectives Club. Of course, their modesty would prevent them from doing it. LOL

Precious and Grace is another winner in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
1 vote Bookish59 | Sep 1, 2019 |
Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi have been working together at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency for several years now. Over that time, Mma Makutsi has gone from secretary to co-director, largely through her own determination and assertiveness. Charlie, originally one of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's apprentices, has been let go from that position, and is now Mma Ramotswe's very part-time assistant--and is starting, at last, to grow up. Fanwell, the other apprentice, is on track to be a qualified mechanic, and is also maturing. Mr. Polopetsi is a volunteer part-time assistant, contributing his special skills when he's needed and not filling in as a chemistry teacher in the schools. Then one day Mma Ramotswe finds out from her friend Mma Potokwani, matron of the orphan farm, that Mr. Polopetsi has a new money-making business scheme, the Fat Cattle Club, which sounds very much like a pyramid scheme. She's got to find out what's really going on before he gets himself into serious trouble.

A new client also appears, a Canadian woman named Susan Peters, who spent part of her childhood in Botswana, and would like to find her old home, and her old nursemaid. She paints an idyllic picture of her memories of her early years there, and Mma Ramotswe is happy to help her.

As always, this is a slower-moving, quiet story, more focused on the characters and relationships than intense mystery-solving. It's what I love about these books, and why they remain popular after seventeen entries in the series. Mma Ramotswe is wise and kind but not infallible; Mma Makutsi is difficult, often insecure and suspicious, but ultimately loyal and sound.

I love these books for their gentleness, their character development, and the recognition that people can be good even though we're all flawed.

Recommended.

I bought this book. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
I read Alexander McCall Smith's books because my mother loves them, and it gives us a common bond. I love the warmth and folksy wisdom of the characters, who are becoming dear friends.
This most recent No 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel is one of the best in the series, imo. ( )
  ioplibrarian | Aug 26, 2018 |
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"The delightful seventeenth installment of the ever-popular, perennially best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The co-director of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, as he is newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts. So when a young Canadian woman approaches Mma Ramotswe with a complex case, it's up to her alone to solve it--with her signature intuition and insight, of course. The young woman spent part of her childhood in Botswana and needs help finding a long-lost acquaintance. But much time has passed, and her memory yields few clues. The difficult search--and the unexpected results--will remind them all that sometimes it's those we think we know best who most surprise us"--

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