Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency #15)
By Alexander McCall Smith
Pantheon Books, 2014. 227 pages. Mystery.

Things are busy at the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Mma Ramotswe must discover the identity of a woman who is only known as "Mrs." Her faithful assistant, Mma Makutsi, has decided to open her own restaurant, The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe - but will she be able to run her restaurant and be a co-director of a detective agency? And what will become of Charlie, when Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has to let him go?

For anyone who is a fan of McCall Smith's pantheon of memorable characters, this book will be a charming edition to the series. What I love about this author's writing is his characterization. The plots are simple, but the characters themselves are so real as to make the story engrossing. The setting (Botswana) and the tone are completely unique and interesting. (In fact, I love to listen to his books, just to hear the African accents.) A very fun read.


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