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No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

The House of Unexpected Sisters

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (18)

Publisher: Vintage Canada

Precious Ramotswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest installment of the beloved and bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.
 
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: a woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate, but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

Other surprises await our intrepid proprietress in the course of her inquiries. Mma Ramotswe is puzzled when she happens to hear of a local nurse named Mingie Ramotswe. She thought she knew everybody by the name of Ramotswe, and that they were all related. Who is this mystery lady? Then, she is alerted by Mma Potokwani that an unpleasant figure from her past has recently been spotted in town. Mma Ramotswe does her best to avoid the man, but it seems that he may have returned to Botswana specifically to seek her out. What could he want from her?

With the generosity and good humor that guide all her endeavors, Mma Ramotswe will untangle these questions for herself and for her loved ones, ultimately bringing to light important truths about friendship and family—both the one you’re born with and the one you choose.

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CHAPTER ONE
THE CLOTHES OF OTHERS 
 
Mma Ramotswe, owner of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (as featured in a two-page article in the Botswana Daily News, under the headline: A Lady Who Definitely Knows How to Find Things Out), had strong views on the things that...
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PRAISE FOR

The House of Unexpected Sisters feels as fresh and satisfying as any of the entries in the series. . . . As constant as that red rising sun over Botswana, McCall Smith continues to work at an astonishing pace, creating tales that delight and beguile as they transport readers to a faraway land and lives filled with all the joys and sorrows that make us human. He does this without fuss, noise or complaint and is clearly doing exactly what he was meant to do. The skill lies in making all his accomplishments seem so effortless. The House of Unexpected Sisters slides over as easily as a slice of Mma Potokwani’s ‘profoundly tempting’ fruitcake and is just as moreish.” —The National (Scotland)
 
“[I]t is the way McCall Smith captures the rhythms of speech which makes him a master of his craft. The dialogue transports the reader to the book’s hot, dry setting, and the gentle exchanges of mundane facts carry a weight of love and tenderness. . . . Immersing yourself in Precious Ramotswe’s life seems to slow your heart rate while sharpening your senses.” —The Scotsman
 
The House of Unexpected Sisters moves along at a gentler pace than many books I read, but somehow the peace and slower pace allow the reader to absorb the wonderful characters and the dilemmas they seem to face in their lives. . . . Alexander McCall Smith has the knack of examining pertinent human issues and dilemmas from a slower, more introspective view point. . . . [The House of Unexpected Sisters] is well written, easy to read and to enjoy.” —Starts at 60


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