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The Saturday big tent wedding party
Alexander Mccall Smith
Adult Fiction MCCALL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Smith again makes the sublime look easy in his winning 12th No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel set in present-day Botswana (after 2010's The Double Comfort Safari Club). As usual, the mystery that the agency's proprietor, Mma Ramotswe, must resolve-the identity of the culprit who maimed two of her client's cattle-takes a backseat to personal matters. Mma Ramotswe, who still mourns the sale to a scrap dealer of the battered white van that was her traveling companion for many years, is unsettled when she thinks she sees the vehicle moving along the road. Meanwhile, her longtime assistant, the prickly Grace Makutsi, is nearing the home stretch of her lengthy engagement. Smith has few peers in capturing the quiet moments of people's lives, and his empathetic lead has one of the biggest hearts in modern literature. Even newcomers will quickly be drawn into Mma Ramotswe's unconventional approach to investigations and rapidly feel that they are with old friends. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

McCall Smith finds his African groove again, after apparently getting lost in the bush looking for a plot in last year's The Double Comfort Safari Club. In this 12th installment in "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series, Mma Ramotswe investigates the serious crime of cattle-maiming, and Mma Makutsi and Charlie, the garage apprentice, get into another of their verbal battles. While various plots meander, McCall Smith continues to do what he does best, giving us a warm and sympathetic look at people in a stable African country unmarred by civil war, famine, or corrupt dictators. As you can tell from the title, there is a happy ending for Grace Makutsi and her longtime fiance, Phuti Radiphuti. Verdict Fans of this series undoubtedly look forward to each new novel. New readers, especially those who only know the folks in Gabarone from the well-done HBO television series, might want to start with the original book that gave this series its name. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/10.]-Leslie Patterson, Rehoboth, MA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Precious Ramotswe
Female
Age: 30's
Remarried
Owns a detective agency; investigating the deaths of cows at a cattle post; has been seeing the white van she sent to the junkyard long ago.
Private investigator

Grace Matsuki
Female
Feminist
Precious's assistant; Phuti's fiancee; planning her wedding.
Assistant

J. L. B. Matekoni
Male
African
Precious's husband; one of his assistants seems to have gotten a girl pregnant and has run away to avoid marrying her.
Mechanic

Phuti Radiphuti
Male
African
Grace's fiance; leg was crushed by a delivery truck.



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