Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Handsome Man's DeLuxe Cafe Book Review

I went to the library for an event for my son and I saw a book in the new release section that made me very happy.   The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (15) by Alexander McCall Smith was the 15th book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  I hadn't read any of those books in a long time so I was happy to scoop it up and put it in the pile to take home with me.

In this book, a kindhearted brother and sister have taken in a woman known only as “Mrs.”—a woman with no memory of her name or of how she came to Botswana. And so it’s up to Precious Ramotswe, owner of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and her new co-director, Grace Makutsi, to discover the woman’s identity.  Meanwhile, motherhood proves to be no obstacle to Mma Makutsi’s professional success. As she settles into her role as partner at the agency, she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café, a restaurant for Gaborone’s most fashionable diners. But even Miss 97 Per Cent isn’t fully prepared for the temperamental chefs, drunken waiters, and other challenges that come with running one’s own business. Help may come from an unexpected source, if only Mma Makutsi can swallow her pride and ask.  Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is all too familiar with the difficult decisions of business owners as the owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.  Mr. Matekoni is finally forced to make a tough choice, one that will bring major changes to both organizations.  With sympathy and indefatigable good humor, Mma Ramotswe and her friends see one another through these major changes and discover along the way what true friendship really means.

I enjoyed this book so much!  I love the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series (and most of the other books by Alexander McCall Smith).  This was no exception!!  I was happy to see it in the new release section because I haven't read anything in the series in a long time.  I was a little sad when I got home and realized that I did miss the previous release.  I will have to add it to my list and I can't wait to read that one too!!  I hope that you check out this book if you have read the series and if not, I hope that you check out the series.  I loved every book and the writing is so amazing.  It is in the mystery category in the library but I wouldn't consider this book a mystery in the normal sense so hope that people try it even if you aren't a mystery person!  Enjoy the great characters and great writing in this book and all other Alexander McCall Smith novels.

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