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Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
by Alexander McCall Smith
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Anchor, 2012 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Precious Ramotswe is back, investigating the death of cattle at a cattle post outside Gaborone. Precious is a traditionally built woman who runs the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency with Grade Makutsi as Associate Detective. Mma Makutsi achieved the grade of ninety-seven percent at the local Secretarial School. An heretofore unachieved score.

Mma Ramotswe is married to the proprietor of Speedy Motors, which business is attached to her detective agency. When one of J. L. B. Matakoni's mechanics is accused of being the father of twin boys without the benefit of marriage, Mma Ramotswe takes him in hand. The cattle problem takes a bit more investigating, with many answers but no real solution.

Mma Ramotswe is a calm woman, believing in many truths she learned from the book on detecting she read to start her agency. Her late beloved father was a definite force in her life. The author seems to have many answers to human problems that fit nicely into Precious's life. Truths that we could all live by.

Mma Makutsi is planning a big wedding and finding her many lists of things to do have almost overwhelmed her. Help comes from a quarter she would not have expected. She learns many answers to her own life problems as well.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith are set in Botswana, which is depicted as a gentle and polite country. This series, as well as McCall's five other series and several standalone novels, have received fervent welcome in the world and are all an absolute delight to read. Don't miss them. The Detective Agency has also appeared on DVD. Pure fun.

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