The Colors of All the Cattle No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

35 starsIn this 19th book in the 'No 1 Ladies Detective Agency' series Mma Ramotswe runs for public office The book can be read as a standalone but familiarity with the characters is advantageousMma Ramotswe owner of the 'No 1 Ladies Detective Agency' in Gaborone Botswana has a good mind a generous heart and strong sense of right and wrong Thus Mma Ramotswe is against the plan to build a hostelry called 'The Big Fun Hotel' right next to the town's cemetery After all people who are late deceased should not be disrespected with noise and revelry Mma Ramotswe's good friend Mma Potokwane director of the local orphan farm has a plan to stop the building project She wants Mma Ramotswe to run for a vacant seat on the city councilso she can vote against The Big Fun Hotel Mma Ramotswe resists mightily but Mma Potokwane is a formidable woman and she has a trump card Violet Sephotho the glamorous vamp is running for the council seat and she'll certainly vote YES for The Big Fun Hotel Thus Mma Ramotswe reluctantly agrees to be a nominee and her election team consists of Mma Makutski the co managing director of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency a promotion she gave herself; Mr Polopetsi a chemistry teacher who works as a part time detective; Charlie a half time mechanic's apprenticehalf time detective in training; and Mma Potokwane who's organizing the entire business Mma Makutsi's talking shoes warn her not to get involved in politics but she does with rather amusing results Mma Makutsi's 'undercover' visit to the man proposing The Big Fun Hotel has unexpected results and her 'manifesto' for Mma Ramotswe's campaign is hilarious The manifesto goes on and on about Violet Sephotho's sub par performance at the Botswana Secretarial College her use of fluttering eyelashes to get jobs and her attempts to steal other women's husbands Mma Ramotswe decides not to use this document but to emphasize her own honesty instead While the political campaign is proceeding Mma Ramotswe is also working on a case Dr Marang from Mma Ramotswe's hometown of Mochudi was badly injured in a hit and run accident Needing compensation for his large medical bills Dr Marang has hired the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency to find the driver who hurt him Part time detective Charlie is put on the case and manages to get into trouble before Mma Ramotswe as always makes things right There's a big element of luck here as often happens with Mma Ramotswe's detective workCharlie is also dating a woman named ueenie ueenie not realizing that she comes from a very wealthy family Charlie's dates with ueenie ueenie usually amount to a cup of coffee or the rare inexpensive dinner because of his penurious circumstances and lack of transportation Will this romance work out? We'll have to stay tuned There's a disconnect here with previous books in the series Formerly Charlie had plenty of cash for a car flashy clothes and chasing girls I wonder if the author forgotor whatAs always the characters drink many cups of tea and Mma Ramotswe indulges in numerous slices of Mma Potokwane's excellent fruit cake And as before we hear about Botswana's 'old ways' which Mma Ramotswe prefers to some irreverent 'new' ideas The recurring characters make an appearance in the story including Mma Makutsi's husband Phuti Radiphuti who has a disagreement with his wife; Mma Ramotswe's husband Mr JLB Matekoni who sees automobiles and car maintenance as a metaphor for life; Mma Ramotswe's foster children Motholele and Puso who are growing up; and Fanwell the former apprentice who's now a skilled mechanic I always enjoy a visit with Mma Ramotswe and her associates and it was fun to see the detective get embroiled in politics Good book for relaxing with a cup of tea and a snack You can follow my reviews at Like all in this series The Colors of All The Cattle goes down like a warm cup of bush tea Surely Smith's No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series has improved and increased travel to BotswanaReaders will continue to enjoy the wise kind ruminations of Precious Ramotswe and the interactions of the other characters Similar to Hemingway Alexander McCall Smith is able to coax a moving interesting story about a very different culture from a uiet economy of words and actions Different from Hemingway we also get uite a bit of some characters' interior thoughtsWhile the book is not a world changing it is a welcome diversion readers will enjoy “There were some people cut out for politics but she was sure she was not one of them She believed in reconciliation and compromise; politicians seemed to believe only in the routing of their opponents That was not the way she saw the world It was not the way her father the late Obed Ramotswe had seen it either It was not the way she was sure that the ancestors had viewed things It was not the Botswana way” The Colours of All The Cattle is the nineteenth book in the popular No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by British author Alexander McCall Smith Life is good in Mma Precious Ramotswe’s Botswana although there are always some concerns plans for a dubious hotel proposal next to the cemetery are a worry; the hit and run case in Mochudi on which the police have given up is offering no clues; and the vacancy on the city’s council may be filled by Grace Makutsi’s least favourite person if no one stands against her It seems that the consensus of opinion of those around her is that the only person in Gabarone who could win against the notorious Violet Sepotho is Mma Ramotswe and her bossy friend Sylvia Potokwani effectively bullies Precious into standing Her later attempt to withdraw is sabotaged by her sense of duty to the people of Botswana The self appointed campaign committee has some wonderfully amusing meetings Precious campaigns on a platform of honesty making no rash promises but vowing to do her best and she is genuinely overwhelmed and somewhat dismayed by the response from voters In this instalment Charlie detective in training and part time mechanic uses a frowned upon by Mma Ramotswe method to obtain information which gets him into trouble than he had ever imagined possible; seeking information about a corrupt developer Mma Makutsi naively undertakes a covert operation but with less success that she had hoped; Charlie has a girlfriend and this time things look serious but ueenie ueenie has not been entirely honest with him Mma Makutsi’s shoes murmur advice; and Mma Ramotswe again demonstrates her unfailing kindness and generosityAs always McCall Smith gives the reader a novel that has humour and wisdom insightful observations and heartfelt emotion Delightfully entertaining I love the humanity of this series the gentleness the forgiveness and the humor We get to see our characters develop and their relationships evolve with each volume The setting adds delight also Favorite uotes includeThey late people were with us in the love that they had shown us and which we could still draw about us like a comforting blanket on a cold night which made me feel warm and nostalgic for people who have past from my lifeThe tea break that still moment that unchangeable ritual that survived everything made normal the abnormal renewed one's ability to cope with whatever the world laid before one Tea It's always time for tea and this resonated with me especially Tea has the magical ability to restore meNot once in his short life had he been given anything that was special to him He loved the shoes they made him feel very much better This just made me cry with happiness for a sad boy who is now happyWhat a lovely heartwarming book It certainly warmed the cockles of my heart In this latest installment of the beloved and best selling No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series Precious Ramotswe finds herself running for office much to her dismayWhen Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the Gaborone City Council Mma Ramotswe is at first reluctant But when she learns that developers plan to build the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard she allows herself to be persuaded Her opponent is none other than Mma Makutsi's old nemesis Violet Sephotho who is in the pocket of the hotel developers Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election Mma Ramotswe refuses to guarantee anything beyond what she can deliver; hence her slogan I can't promise anything but I shall do my bestMeanwhile Mma Ramotswe has acuired a new client one of her late father's old friends who was the victim of a hit and run accident Charlie volunteers to be the lead investigator in the case to prove he's ready to be than an apprentice as well as to impress a new girlfriend With Charlie's inuiries landing him in hot water and Election Day fast approaching Mma Ramotswe will have to call upon her good humor and gen erosity of spirit to help the community navigate these thorny issues and to prove that honesty and compassion will always carry the day When your soul needs uplifting you can not go wrong with a dose of Mma Ramotswe in Botswana I love this series and the traditionally sized ladies detective whose simple decency and kindness shines throughout the book Her absolute belief in people and her love of her county just fill my heart In this newest installment Mma Ramotswe is talked into running for city council to stop the development of a hotel She is reluctant and has a refreshing campaign of simply promising to do her best The way she keeps her promise is so refreshing and makes you long for people like her in public office I recommend this book this series this character for all the people who need a dose of happiness in their life This rating is perhaps unfair This is the only book I’ve read from this series and it’s a newer book I found the characters annoying and the mystery weak I’m sure if I’d already loved them I might feel differently There is a series I love that others find the main character annoying but I love her If I ever have an occasion to read another book in the series I may amend my review Precious Ramotswe of the No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is talked into running for a seat on the Gaborone City Council by Mma Ptokwane Charlie seems to be maturing at last and becomes the lead investigator to discover the driver of a hit and run accident This is the 19th offering in the No1 Ladies’ Detective series and it is definitely showing its age But it is always fun to get reacuainted with the key characters Enjoy This is the 19th book in the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency Series I always enjoy reading about the latest adventures of Mma Precious Ramotswe Smith portrays a kinder gentler world than the one I live in Smith is the master of a subtle wit and humor Mma Ramotswe muses over a gentle philosophy about the world and Botswana Smith’s feelings about Botswana come through in the storyIn this story Mma Ramotswe is running against Mma Violet Sepotho for city council The case being worked on is a hunt for a hit and run driver And Mma Makutsi had a disagreement with her husband Each book features about one of the characters; in this book it is Charlie I am a big fan of Alexander McCall Smith I am aware that readers either love or hate his style of writingI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is nine hours and thirty six minutes Lisette Lecat does an excellent job narrating this series Lecat is from South Africa and does the accents and rhythm of speech perfectly #19 in this series and as usual what I need when I need it Gentle people simple story a positive outlook on human nature The Colors of All the Cattle No 1 Ladies Detective Agency #19

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