In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
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Lovely, lovely, lovely.
In this book Mma Makutsi exerts more individual traits, such as insisting on drinking "ordinary tea" rather than bush tea, and questioning Mma Ramotswe's quotes from her father or other famous politicians. But she also puts to use the detective traits and psychology that she has learned from Mma Ramotswe to solve a problem or two. In this regard she also resolves a difficult situation by following Mma Ramotswe's way of dealing with it.
In this book, Mma Ramotswe encounters some mysteries and a not-so-small problem surrounding herself. When the latter happens, she gets affected by it and so does her better judgement. Can she resolve this by herself?
Other old friends appear as well: Mma Potokwane, Rra Matekoni, the adopted children, and the apprentices. Mma Potokwane is portrayed as a wise and determined matron whose pushiness serves not herself but the orphans. This has put her in considerable better light than in the previous books. (Or may be I'm more accustomed to her ways?)
This is the quintessential book of the series. The author weaves his observation of human failings as well as the essential goodness through the various characters. It portrays Botswana with its traditional values and those inevitable as the country changes through modernization and global economy.
I like the way the book ends, which wraps up many threads. But I fear also that this may be the end of the series. I hope this isn't the case, as I've come to view Mma Ramotswe and those around her as friends I've come to know and love.
If you have not read any books in the series, I suggest that you look instead to begin with the first one (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) and work your way through them in the order of their publication (Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls, and The Kalahari Typing School for Men). All of those books are better than this one, and provide helpful context for The Full Cupboard of Life.
The Full Cupboard for Life has one detective case in it. Mma Holonga is a successful entrepreneur who has developed a number of beauty parlors for braiding hair in interesting ways and also has created a special formula for treating the hair for braiding. At 40, she realizes that she lacks a husband and child . . . and decides to at least find a husband. But she doesn't want one who is after her money! So she hires Precious to check out her four suitors, beginning with the one she likes best. The case is delicate because Precious is well known in Botswana as a detective, and must avoid having the suitors realize that she is checking them out for Mma Holonga.
Most of the book, however, focuses on the personal lives of the others. Precious finally asks her fiancé when they will marry, and he answers that it will be a year or two before he can save the money for a large wedding. When she offers to sell some cattle to hasten the happy day, he declines her offer. When will they ever marry?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always look forward to reading the next book in this series. They always make me smile and I love reacquainting myself with these much loved characters.Published 4 months ago by J and P Ricketts