No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

Precious and Grace

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (17)

Publisher: Knopf Canada
The delightful seventeenth installment of the ever-popular, internationally bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.


Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The Chief Associate-Co-Director of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts. So when a young Canadian woman approaches Mma Ramotswe with a complex case, it's up to her alone to solve it--with her signature intuition and insight, of course. The young woman spent part of her childhood in Botswana and needs help finding a long-lost acquaintance. But much time has passed, and her memory yields few clues. The difficult search--and the unexpected results--will remind them all that sometimes it's those we think we know best who most surprise us.

PRAISE FOR

“[Precious and Grace] is that rare find in a long-running series: a book that can appeal both to newcomers and to longtime fans. . . . As always, a marvelous mix of humor, startling incidents, contemporary African setting and memorable characters.” —Booklist (starred review)
 
“Utterly charming and deliciously entertaining, [with] characters who are as adept as they are appealing—people who become as familiar as neighbors and as welcome as the best of friends—and who, though steady in their beliefs and devotions, will still constantly surprise and amaze.” —Chicago Tribune
 
Entrancing. . . . A tapestry of extraordinary nuance and richness.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
“In anxious times, we turn to comfort foods. But what about comfort books? Alexander McCall Smith serves up a perfect example in Precious and Grace. . . . Heartwarming.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A good book that I enjoyed recently is Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith. . . . If you are looking for a charming story that will entertain you, you can’t go wrong with any of the No. 1 Ladies Detective [Agency] stories.” —Nancy Redfield, supervising librarian at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, The Reporter (California)

“Very few authors can write about forgiveness and do it with grace. Alexander McCall Smith is one of them. He writes with a philosophy infused with gentleness, whether it is about an orphaned dog or a woman who is brought to realize that there is still happiness in bitter memories. This latest in his series of books about the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency in Botswana is poignant and touching.” —The Washington Times


PRAISE FOR ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH: 

“McCall Smith’s accomplished novels [are] dependent on small gestures redolent with meaning and main characters blessed with pleasing personalities.” —Newsday

“McCall Smith is prolific and he’s habit-forming. He’s the crystal meth of popular fiction.” —The Globe and Mail

“Alexander McCall Smith is an excellent, old-fashioned storyteller.” —The Gazette

“Scotland’s one-man novel factory. . . . Smith’s writing has tons of charm and kindly wisdom.” The Times

“McCall Smith’s talent for dialogue is matched only by his gift for characterization.” —Chicago Tribune
 
“McCall Smith makes the sublime look easy. . . . [He] has few peers in capturing the quiet moments of people’s lives.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“McCall Smith’s characters are well-drawn and alive. . . . A writer . . . who charms many readers.” —Providence Journal
 
“A prolific, popular and wonderfully peculiar writer.” —The Independent

“McCall Smith is a wonderful storyteller, and his stories are characteristically filled with humour and an innate, affectionate disposition towards the human race.” —The Sydney Morning Herald

“A vivid observer and an elegant writer.” —The Plain Dealer