No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

The Full Cupboard of Life

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Publisher: Vintage Canada
Here is the fifth novel in the internationally bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency hit series. Once again we are transported to Gaborone, capital city of Botswana, and into the world of Mma Ramotswe and her friends.

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Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni are still engaged, but with no immediate plans to get married. Mma Ramotswe wonders when a wedding date will be named, but she is anxious to avoid putting pressure on her fiancé. For indeed he has other things on his mind -- particularly a frightening request (involving a parachute jump) made by Mma Potokwani, the persuasive matron of the orphan farm.

Mma Ramotswe herself has weighty matters on her mind. She has been approached by a wealthy lady to check up on several suitors. Are these men interested in her or just her money? This may be difficult to find out, but it’s just the kind of case Mma Ramotswe likes and she is, as we know, a very intuitive lady.

Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi -- plucky assistant detective and deputy manager of the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors garage -- is moving. Her entrepreneurial venture, the Kalahari Typing School for Men, is thriving and with this new income she has rented two rooms in a house. Her spare time is occupied with planning the move, the décor and her new life in a house with running water all to herself.

In the background of all this is Botswana, a country of empty spaces and echoing skies, a country so beautiful and entrancing that it breaks your heart. Mma Ramotswe has prepared the bush tea and is waiting for us to join her.


From the Hardcover edition.

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CHAPTER ONE

A Great Sadness among the Cars of Botswana


Precious Ramotswe was sitting at her desk at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Gaborone. From where she sat she could gaze out of the window, out beyond the acacia trees, over the grass and the scrub bush, to the hills in their blue haze of...
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READING GUIDE

Alexander McCall Smith’s The Full Cupboard of Life continues the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, the remarkable proprietress of an unusual detective agency in Botswana. Mma Ramotswe begins to fret that she has been engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni for a while now (in fact, through the first four books of the No...
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PRAISE FOR

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“What would summer be without a visit to Botswana and the private detective agency run by Precious Ramotswe? The point of these books...is not to uncover mysteries, at least not directly, but rather, discuss the vagaries of the human heart and what makes people tick.” Ottawa Citizen

“Sometimes, to paraphrase Emily Dickinson, a book really is a journey to a faraway place.... In a decade when realism—in the style of Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane and Ian Rankin—has been the hallmark of quality, Alexander McCall Smith stands alone in his defense of the charm and unreality of the British-style mystery, puzzle-plot and all.... If Mma Ramotswe and her friends continue to care for one another in village style, ignore Western ideas of beauty, and celebrate life in their traditional way, it’s all part of the perfect journey to a faraway place, and that’s what The Full Cupboard of Life delivers.” Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail