Alexander McCall Smith
- Title: The Miracle at Speedy Motors
- Author: Alexander McCall Smith
- ISBN: 9780307377197
- Page: 341
- Format: None
In the latest installment of this infinitely enjoyable and best selling series, Precious Ramotswe is doing what she does best helping people with their problems and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case a woman who is looking for her family The problem is, the woman doesn t know her real name of whether any members of hIn the latest installment of this infinitely enjoyable and best selling series, Precious Ramotswe is doing what she does best helping people with their problems and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case a woman who is looking for her family The problem is, the woman doesn t know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights And life is no less complicated at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where Mr J.L.B Matekoni Mma Ramotswe s estimable husband has fallen under the sway of a doctor who has promised a miracle cure for his daughter s medical condition, which Mma Ramotswe finds hard to believe But Precious Ramotswe deals with these difficulties with her usual grace and good humor, and in the end discovers that the biggest miracles in life are often the small ones.
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This is another slow-moving tale of Precious Rawotse, her assistant, Mma Makutsi, her husband, and others in the continuing cast. As usual, not much goes on, but we get to spend a little more time with comfortable personalities and continue our slow look at Smith’s idea of Botswana. In this one, Precious tries to find the true history of a woman who had been an orphan. Mma Makutsi must contend with her desire for a large, fancy bed, and leaving it out in the rain when it doesn’t fit into her [...]
To read a book in this series is to take a mini-vacation. The world seems calmer, the people more noble and kind, the pace of life relaxingly slow. The mysteries that form the plot of this novel -- and its companions in the series -- are beside the point. It's the time spent with Mma Ramotswe, her loyal and ambitious assistants, her humble and soft-spoken husband, and the strong-willed matron of the orphan farm which matter. After sitting for a while with Mma Ramotswe (with or without a cup of b [...]
"Mrs. Moffat had taken her hand for comfort, and they had sat there in silence for awhile. Sometimes it seemed as if the world itself was broken, that there was something wrong with all of us, something broken in such a way that it might not be put together again; but the holding of hands, human hand in human hand, could help, could make the world seem less broken."This was my most favorite book of the series, and I sincerely hope it won't be the last one. I really enjoyed the development of the [...]
Second read:These books get better as the series go on, and the rereads are better than the first reads. I can't think of any other series I feel this way about. Nobody does kindness like Mma. Ramotswe. I wish Alexander McCall Smith could teach classes on it. But he doesn't need to. This series does that for him. Lisette Lecat, the audiobook narrator for this entire series, can't be outdone with her performances of these books. This series is wonderful, the audios are possibly even better, you'l [...]
These books surprised me, because most detectives investigate murders and stuff, and I hate murder mysteries. A lot. (Sorry, Jen. I love you!)No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, though, are just consistently feel-good, introspective character studies and pools of knowledge about human nature. On top of that, they are really fast to read, and finishing a book always makes me feel good about myself.I don't read them in order, so don't let this review fool you--I haven't read them all. Eventually I wil [...]
What a lovely visit with friends! Smith conveys a warmth in the series that is ignited with every book.
I love this series by Alexander McCall Smith. Each entry is charming, witty, and compassionate in its understanding of human frailties and human relationships. Each one is such a pleasure to read that the reader dreads coming to the end.The mysteries that Precious Ramotswe solves are not grand and important mysteries involving murder, theft, and drugs. They are the every day mysteries that people struggle with. Who were my real parents? Who is writing threatening letters and why? Is this man rea [...]
Another feel-good book about the no. 1 lady detective, Precious Ramotswe and her slightly off-kilter assistant Mma Makutse set in Botswana. The plots are irrelevant, the many characters are beautifully-drawn and the author's love of Botswana shines through. Indeed, one of the pleasures of this series of books, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, is revisiting the interesting characters that populate the stories, much like meeting old friends and have a slice of fruit cake, a cup of tea and a cha [...]
Mma Ramotswe is back, and so is the quiet, gentle, easy reading, courtesy of Alexander McCall Smith.As usual, there really is no big mystery for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but that hardly matters. Precious Ramotswe tries to track down a woman's relatives, Mma Makutsi gets a new (and unusual) bed, and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni hopes for a miracle when he takes his daughter to a doctor in Johannesburg.There's nothing complex about this novel, which makes it a nice "in between" reading choice. I [...]
I started reading and the cadence of the words started up in my mind. I skim a lot, but this is one series that I read every word. To skip anything would spoil it. I love these books!
The ninth entry in Alexander McCall Smith's perennially popular Ladies' Detective Agency stories is much like the previous instalment, THE GOOD HUSBAND OF ZEBRA DRIVE. It's ably written, of course, and much like settling into a comfy, much-favoured armchair; by now you know exactly what's going to happen: not much plot, not much detective work, lots of characterisation, plenty of gentle humour and situations that explore the human mind.Unfortunately, I had a bone of contention with this one whic [...]
This is another wonderful book by Alexander McCall Smith. I feel like I know the characters and every new book is a visit home to find out how things are with my "family" in Botswana. Again, the books are not about solving a mystery. I think the mystery is a philosophical vehicle for the author's ideas and people with the children of his heart. Although some find these to be lightweight, I have a different take on them. Throughout literature, characters have been created that transcend their boo [...]
Yet another installment in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This time Mma Ramotswe and her cast of characters destroy a heart-shaped bed, and reunite a long-separated brother and sister.I always pick up these books at the library, and then put off reading them, because I think I'm not going to like them. And while it's true that seem almost too innocent, too hopeful, I usually decide, like I did with The Miracle at Speedy Motors, that occasionally, reading about Mma Ramotswe's Botswana is jus [...]
What I like about the No. 1 Ladies Detective series are the snapshots of ordinariness that it gives (ordinariness in Botswana, that is). I liked the first one the best--seemed a little more in-depth on Botswana. Precious Ramotswe is less of a detective in the usual murder-mayhem sense and more a person who helps people with their problems. If you're looking for a mystery, probably Nancy Drew has more suspense. But they are pleasant reads for those times when you just want to smile. And there's a [...]
Another lovely addition to the series. These are not books that grab me from the first sentence and won't let me put them down. Instead I read a chapter or two a day, enjoying spending some time with Mma Ramotswe, Mr. Matekoni and the others in a place where life moves more slowly and there's always time for a cup of hot tea. This particular book deals a bit with the difficulties of relationships and the importance of honesty between people. I very much enjoyed it.
Yet another No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel - I love these books. I know this is not much of a review, but the characters are great, things happen at a leisurely pace and the mysteries are not solved through violence, but through common sense and knowledge of human nature. A real feel-good read. My current Sunday evening treat is watching this series on BBC1.
While Lisette Lecat did a fine job narrating this entry in the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, I was disappointed by the book itself. It was OK but certain phrases were repeated too often (e.g. Mma Ramotswe's car being always referred to as her 'tiny white van'). If you like these characters, it is enjoyable enough but nowhere near as good as the first book in the series.
The world slows to a snail's pace conversations, explanations, observations and thoughts are all carefully considered. This is the world of Mma Ramotswe and her friends. To us who live in a fast-paced world, we sigh at this as our conversations and words tumble out easily and often without too much thought. We move quickly and are so easily bored. We do not consider for too long the precious things, but long for them when they are gone. We chase painful thoughts from our mind and go on to the ne [...]
You know, it becomes increasingly difficult to say something original about a book series that operates on a winning formula. This is about the tenth book I've read in McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and it has all the characteristics that make all the others good reads. Added advantage: if you like one, you'll like them all most probably. If you haven't tried these gentle, folksy Botswannan traditionally built mysteries, do yourself a favor, Mma or Rra, and read one today!
Another quaint and soothing read in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. The "mystery" isn't really the point in these books, it's the characters, their issues, and how they get lovingly solved that hooks readers like me on the books.
Wheneer I am in a readin slumpading a No. 1 Ladies's Detective Agency book does wonders for meose who are familiar wit this series will know the carm of the world that Mme Ramotse lives in and how she goes about life ad solving the many interesting cases that comes her way.
Slow-paced, compassionate, observant and wonderful as ever. I would never have thought the author could continue to add so much to his observations of life in Botswana but each book contains new revelations far beyond the plot.
I was charmed immediately by Alexander McCall Smith's character Precious Ramotswe in his first book "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency". Since reading that first book several years ago I have eagerly inhaled all the books in that series including his latest "Miracle at Speedy Motors"."Miracle at Speedy Motors" continues in the same languid vein of the previous books. We follow Mma Ramotswe throughout her adventures in Botswana and at her place of business right next to Speedy Motors on the Tlokw [...]
The Miracle at Speedy Motors: a No. 1 Ladies Detectives mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith, narrator, as always, is Lisette Lecat. Produced by recorded Books, downloaded from audible.Lisette Lecat has read all of the No. 1 Ladies Detectives mysteries. I can’t imagine them read by anyone else. Lecat is from South Africa, which, to my untrained ear at least, makes her accent work for Botswana. In this book, Precious Ramotzwe has a new client who wants to find out who her real parents were as she [...]
The further adventures of Mma Ramotswe & Mma Makutsi of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective agency, et al. This installment involves tragedy with a new bed, threatening letters to the agency, the possibility of a medical miracle for Motholeli, and a search for a client's lost family.Alexander McCall Smith delivers more of what we love in these stories. They are not revolutionary, and that is not what we expect. We love the stories of Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni because they are full of the [...]
In this ninth novel in the Alexander McCall Smith series, Precious Ramotswe, the "traditionally built" proprietor of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Gaborone, Botswana, receives a threatening letter: "Fat lady: you watch out! And you too, the one with the big glasses." Mma Ramotswe and her assistant, Grace Makutsi, of the big glasses, are startled by this letter, and Mma Ramotswe even begins to believe that she is being followed. As the two women deal with their business and their lives, the [...]
I find the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books to be fun, light reads. These books take me out of my usual rat race. They slow my pace down and teach me about human beings from another's insightful perspective - Mma Ramotswe's, the detective of the agency. In this story the reader learns more about her home life - husband, two adopted children, her garden - and about her agency - located attached to her husband's car shop, her assitant's personal life and about some of the worker's at her husba [...]
This wonderful series continues to enchant me, as Mma Ramotswe clears up a series of life's mysteries, and shares her insightful understanding of life's priorities with grace and charm. Thus, she is understanding as her husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni uses precious family resources in a pursuit she knows is likely to be fruitless, as her friend and assistant detective, Mma Makutsi struggles with the challenge of dealing with a very bad decision she has made, and as her quest to help a client find he [...]
I don't know if anyone ever reads my reviews, BUT if you are, may I just say, I LOVE this series? It's so nice to read something so clean, thought provoking, and just pleasant. These are NOT thrillers, you do not sit all day with your nose in them to finish. Well, maybe just at the end when investigations start to come together. They're beautiful books to be though BECAUSE they don't hold me. Each chapter is a story unto itself. I CAN put the book down and go to sleep at night. That is a comfort [...]
A thin plot, quickly read, no car chases. Why do I read the books in this series? Easy. Precious Ramotswe--a woman of "traditional build"--approaches life with optimism and a spirit that allows her to enjoy her blessings and the simple pleasures of life. In the 12 hour days and the constant demands on my time, that's refreshing. And even Mma Ramotswe longs for a earlier, simpler time in Botswana. Maybe this progressive, modern world that has reached its tenacles into Africa is destroying a bette [...]
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