The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe’: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (#15) – Alexander McCall Smith

Handsome Man's De Luxe CafeGrace Makutsi, now happily married to Phuti Radiphuti and mother to Itumelang Clovis Radiphuti, has decided to open a restaurant.  Oh, she will continue to work with Mma Ramotswe in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, but in her spare time will run the restaurant.  Never mind that she has no idea how to run a restaurant, it will all work out in the end.  All she needs to do is remodel the building, hire a chef and staff, and devise a menu.  No problem for someone who scored ninety-seven percent in her final examinations at the college.  Meanwhile the Agency has a new case involving an Indian woman with total amnesia.   And Charlie, the feckless apprentice mechanic, is now a detective!

This wonderful series, set in Botswana, is full of the flavor of Africa, full of endearing, quirky characters, and full of a gentle philosophy of life.  I love to peek into the lives of these wonderful people and I devour the books quickly, leaving me to regret that they are over far too soon.   Tidbits about the characters are sprinkled in the beginning so that the book can be read out of order without problems.  Highly recommended for readers of all ages.

eGalley review     Publication date 10.28.14

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