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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series Book 12) by [McCall Smith, Alexander]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 239 customer reviews
Book 12 of 17 in No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series (17 Book Series)

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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 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"

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* Mma Ramotswe's twelfth adventure

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 829 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LX0DG8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 239 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2014
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Another charming, beguiling offering in the No 1 Detective Agency series. Africa comes alive under our eyes and we are transported to another life and another culture and are somehow educated on the way. The self-righteous, insecure, deeply moral Mma Makotswe finally gets to marry her beloved and wonderfully named Phuti Radiphuti. Violet Sephotho gets her comeuppance - hallelujah! Mma Ramotswe solves a mystery and ruminates about life with deep wisdom. The mechanics are still being foolish and immature and have to learn to take responsibility. All is as it should be. Wonderful!
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Such a fantastic story, if you are a fan of Alexandra McCall Smith books then you must not miss this. Such an insight to Africa and the old Botswana ways, history as well as a great story.
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excellent
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I lost my local library's copy of this on holiday, so had to buy one to substitute. I've read almost all of these No. 1 LDA series and they're all excellent; I can almost feel the hot, dusty Botswana air when I'm reading them!
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Another good read from this author.
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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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