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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) [Paperback]

Alexander McCall Smith
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29 Mar 2012 No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 12)

As the countdown to Mma Makutsi's wedding begins, 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 weak against the strong, has reason to reflect on Rule No.3 of The Principles of Private Detection: never lie to the client. Apprentice mechanic Charlie seems to be avoiding certain important responsibilities. And as Mma Makutsi's big day approaches, her nemesis Violet Sephotho is casting her net wider: by standing for election which could spell trouble for the entire nation.

But as friends and family gather under starry African night skies, it turns out that even the most perplexing of apparitions - and the most shocking of crimes - may yield to rational explanation. And, of course, to Mma Ramotswe's inimitable way with love, intuition and redbush tea.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0349123136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349123134
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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#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 a

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* Mma Ramotswe's twelfth adventure

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105 of 105 people found the following review helpful
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The twelfth installment in this beloved series brings together the familiar cast of characters. If you love these books - as I do - it's a delightful read, albeit slightly weaker than some of the others in the series.

This time round, the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is investigating the mysterious murder of some cattle. Charlie's girlfriend has given birth to twins but to Mma Makutsi's fury, he is avoiding facing up to the responsibility. Violet Sephotho is running for office and Mma Ramtoswe still can't quite let the memory of her little white van go. And of course - as the title gives away - Mma Makutsi finally marries her long-term fiance Phuti Radiphuti (with her choice of shoes playing an important role).

Mma Makutsi is a character who toes a fine line for me between being likeable and being irritating, and this time round I found myself liking her less than usual. I also felt that Violet Sephotho's storyline was so much an afterthought that it may as well have been left out altogether. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book. It ends with the wedding and with Mma Ramotswe's musings on marriage and life: a warm and comforting note.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The hunt for a good case 30 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
The charm of these stories lies in the lives of the central characters rather than in the cases that are solved by the detection agency. Whilst the injury of cattle is, perhaps, a more realistic case for a private detective than the murders more classic fictional detectives get to solve, the single case handled by Mma Ramotswe in this book is not sufficient. Mma Ramotswe is engaging both as a detective and as a character. Here she seems to be in search of a good case to solve.

To a certain extent I found this to be a book of two halves, with the second part featuring not only the long-awaited wedding of Mma Makutsi, but also the return of the little white van, far more satisfying than the first part.

I have been a fan of this series almost since it started. I enjoyed this one, but it is far from being the best.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wedding Bells at last. 10 Mar 2011
By Alun Williams VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
It seems like years since Mma Makutsi met Phuti, and for the last couple of instalments of No. 1 Ladies I've been wondering if the knot would ever get tied, but as the title possibly hints, all obstacles to their matrimony are finally cleared. I'm growing increasingly surprised to see this series still nestling in the crime section of my local bookshop. The last episode was a little darker than most, but this one is a soufflé made with a can of Heinz tomato soup. Mma Ramotswe has only one case to solve this time around, possibly for the best, as the extended family of her own and her husband's businesses take up most of her energy. As ever, the charm resides in the humanity and gentleness evident on every page. The series's most long running baddie, Violet, never actually appears in person this time, though as she is about to embark on a political career, I suppose we have not seen the last of her.
It would be easy to make snide remarks about this book - nobody who is not already a fan of the series would be converted by this instalment. But none but the most demanding fan is liable to be disappointed. Mma Ramotswe is reunited with at least one old friend missing from the last few episodes, and Charlie, the livelier and more badly behaved of the perpetual apprentices at Speedy Motors, learns an important lesson.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mma Ramotswe makes you feel good again! 23 April 2011
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party is the twelfth book in Alexander McCall Smith's No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Mma Ramotswe has plenty to keep her busy as someone is killing cattle on a southern cattle-post, Charlie the apprentice seems to have fathered twins and Grace Makutsi's wedding to Phuti Radiphuti is fast approaching. She also has to wonder if she is seeing a ghost when her tiny white van makes an appearance. Mma Makutsi is faced with a shoe dilemma and shows her usual indignance at Violet Sephotho's latest antics: standing for election. Clovis Anderson's Principles of Private Detection is freely quoted (where can I get hold of a copy?) and Mma Ramotse manages to resolve the issues, big and small, in time for Grace to (finally!) get married. This audio edition is (once again) beautifully read by Adjoa Andoh (takes me back to kindergarten story time.....). Truly a delight to listen to, it will leave the reader feeling good.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear 14 May 2011
By Jenny J
Format:Kindle Edition
I love Alexander McCall Smith, have read every single book in this series, and have downloaded some of them in addition from Audible.co.uk.

In spite of this, I set aside this book at the end of the last page and sighed. I felt there was no real plot line, the characters are disappointingly two dimensional and somehow not believable as they usually are. In addition, it seemed like the narrative just stumbled to a stuttering end.

I realise I am in the minority, as most readers seemed to enjoy it, but I really feel the author is capable of so much more, as he has proved before.

I really hope his next book in the series (if indeed there in one) will be back up to the standard of the others. I couldn't bear the disappointment otherwise!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By John M VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As many others have, I have followed the adventures of Mma Ramotswe through the twelve books in this series keenly awaiting the next installment. Each book delightfully conveys the joys of living in the calm atmosphere of Botswana, where traditional values of polite behaviour are still appreciated. Whilst it would be easy for a series to become stale, each edition has been able to conjure the same magical joys of the previous books. In this installment Mma Ramotswe investigates the maiming of cattle owned by an overbearing cattle owner, Charlie continues with his apprenticeship and receives lessons in the responsibilites of fatherhood, and Mma Makutsi has a disaster with a new pair of wedding shoes. The charming little white van also undergoes renovation and has a new lease of life. AMS has the rare gift of being able to make the mundane seem interesting in his delicate and understatedly humorous style. Another delightful installment.
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great as always. fun to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
Another good and satisfying read from AMS. He never disappoints with his never ending tales about the No1 Ladies Detective Agency.
Published 1 month ago by Helen Lincolnshire
4.0 out of 5 stars No1 Ladies' detective
Nothing goes wrong in Mma Ramotswe's Botswana that can't be put right by a good dose of old fashioned morality - and a practical understanding of human nature.
Published 1 month ago by JayTee
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to standard.
I love the stories about Mma Ramotswe and Mma Mautsi, Mr JLB Matakone,et all and this is as good as all the previous books. Read more
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My wife is a big fan of McCall Smith, and we are delighted that this is a reliable source available to us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
Just as good as the others in the series. An easy,very enjoyable read. Book delivered in, good time & was good value.
Published 3 months ago by Carol A Martell
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these books
I have purchased and read the whole series of these books and they just get better and better. I look forward to the next one.
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