The Kalahari Typing School for Men

The Kalahari Typing School for Men

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THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY. FOR ALL CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS AND ENQUIRIES. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED FOR ALL PARTIES. UNDER PERSONAL MANAGEMENT. A beguiling mystery and lyrical novel of Africa -- the fourth in a series that the L.A. Times calls "thoroughly engaging and entertaining." Now that The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (the only detective agency for ladies and others in Botswana) is established, its founder, Precious Ramotswe, can look upon her life with pride: she's reached her late thirties ("the finest age to be"), has a house, two children, a good fiancé -- Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni -- and many satisfied customers. But life is never without its problems. It turns out that her adopted son is responsible for the dead hoopoe bird in the garden; her assistant, Mma Makutsi, wants a husband and needs help with her idea to open the Kalahari Typing School for Men; yet Mma Ramotswe's sexist rival has no trouble opening his Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency across town. Will Precious Ramotswe's delightfully cunning and profoundly moral methods save the day? Follow the continuing story of Botswana's first lady detective in the irresistibleThe Kalahari Typing School for Men.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2002.
ISBN: 9780676975680
Characteristics: 186 pages ;,22 cm.


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bibliosara Aug 09, 2019

Mma Ramotswe is back in the fourth book in the endearing "No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. This time, Mma Ramotswe has to help a guilt-ridden client find peace, while at the same time enduring the challenges of being a new parent. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is determined to make a future for herself – a future that might just include a little romance. And through it all, the two entrepreneurial women are faced with their greatest challenge yet... competition from a newly arrived male private detective whose impudence knows no bounds.
Every volume in this series makes it clear that McCall Smith is an incredibly talented author. He writes in such a way that the characters become dear friends, the culture is brought to life, and the conflicts are felt deeply by the readers. I think of these books as the type that I want to read on a Sunday afternoon, quiet and engaging, thought-provoking and moving, heartwarming and captivating. They'll leave one with the feeling of a warm fall day, at ease and satisfied.

Aug 06, 2019

It is too bad more people aren't aware of this series, it is enjoyable on so many levels, mystery, African culture, societal mores, strong female characters, romance, thoughts on what it is to be humane, etc. So glad I happened on to the series on HBO which led me to these books.

LippyLa Nov 24, 2014

Precious Ramotswe encounters challenges with her foster children. Grace Makutsi begins a business and experiences romance. JLB finally lays to rest the orphanage pump...In other words, it is beautiful Botswana, and everyone will find the answers to their problems.

etillery Jun 19, 2014

It felt really good to see Makutsi shine in this one! You go Makutsi! We're rooting for you!

Mar 31, 2011

The sherlock holmes-ing continue with Mme Ramotswe and her assistant, with a little romance too. Got to give credit to Mme Matsuti (sp?) for creating a new job opportunity for herself. Look forward to getting into next Book (#5). Recommend.

Aug 15, 2008

A great, light read.

Jun 14, 2005

Once again Mma Ramotswe is back in great form as a traditionally built lady who tries to help people out. After consolidating their businesses to one location, Mma finds out through Mma Makutsi that there is going to be some tough talking competition in town. Soon she is deep in to solving two investigations that she doesn?t really want but feels compelled to take. Mma Makutsi is also in trouble, financially, and decides to open her own typing school with the help from her dear friends Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B Matekoni. Mma Ramotswe soon finds the solution to one of the investigations may be too close to home!

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