Books From A to Z – In The Company of Cheerful Ladies

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: A No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Novel (6)

In the newest addition to the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the charming and ever-resourceful Precious Ramotswe finds herself overly beset by problems. She is already busier than usual at the detective agency when added to her concerns are a strange intruder in her house on Zebra Drive and the baffling appearance of a pumpkin. And then there is Mma Makutsi, who decides to treat herself to dance lessons, only to be partnered with a man who seems to have two left feet. Nor are things running quite as smoothly as they usually do at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. Mma Ramotswea’s husband, the estimable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, is overburdened with work even before one of his apprentices runs off with a wealthy woman. But what finally rattles Mma Ramotswe’s normally unshakable composure is a visitor who forces her to confront a secret from her past. . . .

All this unfolds against the sunlit background of Mma Ramotswea’s beloved homeland, Botswana a land of empty spaces, echoing skies, and an endless supply of soothing bush tea. (via Goodreads)

Some notable quotes:
“A life without stories would be no life at all. And stories bound us, did they not, one to another, the living to the dead, people to animals, people to the land?”

“Mma Ramotswe sighed. ‘We are all tempted, Mma. We are all tempted when it comes to cake.’

That is true,’ said Mma Potokwane sadly. ‘There are many temptations in this life, but cake is probably one of the biggest of them.”

My views:

I’ve heard great reviews of Alexander McCall Smith’s series – The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency but didn’t get the chance to read any of them. Book 6 in the series makes me wish that I could start with the first one. It was a delightful read. Loved the characters and the conversations!


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  1. Again, a new one for me to look forward to . Books are interesting when there are conversations like the ‘cake’ above 🙂 Should try from the first one in the series !

  2. Hey Corinne ! good one !

  3. A new one for me…Noting this…With you, Vidya and Tulika sharing some good books and authors, I need to go book shopping!

  4. Great review, Corinne. How do you get the time to read so many books? I am struggling with a couple 🙂

  5. Lovely review. I had never heard of these books. You are quite amazing! How in the world do you find the time to read so many books? ♥

  6. Have the first of the series but never read it.. Its time I think


  7. Havent read this..but I loved those quotes ..specially the one about life without stories … so true it is indeed

  8. This was a brilliant book! I swear by Alexander McCall Smith’s books..
    His No.1 Ladies Detective Agency books are brilliant and so are the other books..

    his insight to human nature is simply spot on!

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