Precious and Grace

Precious and Grace

Precious and Grace In this latest installment of the beloved and best selling No Ladies Detective Agency series Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi help a young woman on a quest to find someone from her past Changes

  • Title: Precious and Grace
  • Author: Alexander McCall Smith
  • ISBN: 9781101871355
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this latest installment of the beloved and best selling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi help a young woman on a quest to find someone from her past.Changes are afoot at the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, where Mma Makutsi, who has recently been promoted to co director, has been encouraging Mma Ramotswe to update to modernIn this latest installment of the beloved and best selling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi help a young woman on a quest to find someone from her past.Changes are afoot at the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, where Mma Makutsi, who has recently been promoted to co director, has been encouraging Mma Ramotswe to update to modern office practices However, an unusual case will require both of them to turn their attention firmly to the past A young Canadian woman who spent her early childhood in Botswana requests the agency s help in recovering important pieces of her life there With only a faded photograph and, of course, some good old fashioned detective skills to guide them, Precious and Grace set out to locate the house that the woman used to live in and the caretaker who looked after her many years ago But when the journey takes an unexpected turn, they are forced to consider whether some lost things may be better off unfound.Busy as she is with this challenging investigation, Mma Ramotswe can always be relied on to come to the aid of her friends who seem to have a special knack for landing in hot water Mr Polopetsi, an occasional assistant at the agency, has made an ill advised business decision that may lead to serious trouble And next door at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Fanwell, the junior mechanic, has become helplessly attached to a stray dog who proves to be a bigger responsibility than he can handle With Mma Makutsi by her side, Mma Ramotswe dispenses help and sympathy with the graciousness and warmth for which she is so well known, and everyone is led to surprising insights into the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and new beginnings.

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    I love spending my reading time with Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi, both of them delightful, intelligent women who are very faithful to their much loved home of Botswana.In this, the 17th episode of the series, our two redoubtable main characters come as close as they ever have to a major falling out. They deal with several cases involving pyramid selling, drug smuggling, lost dogs and a lost past and of course everything works out in the end (although not always to their total satisfactio [...]

    I was so disappointed when I finished this book. It wasn't disappointment in the book but the fact that it was over. I miss the characters already. I think I would rather spend time with Precious than anyone else. She is truly happy in her life and feels blessed every day. I would just love it if she dropped over for some read bush tea. It would make my day. This one is about a young woman from Canada who comes back to Botswana where she grew up. There's a stray dog and a powerful theme of forgi [...]

    A Review by Violet Sephotho, Nominee for Botswana's Woman of the Year This is Rra Alexander's 17th book about me even though I look younger than I did all those years ago at the Botswana Secretarial College, where I made my first big splash in the business world. I make an appearance in the very first chapter of Precious and Grace because, let's face it, there's nothing very precious or graceful about those two! Boring, big time! It's Violet Sephotho people want to read about! You see, I have be [...]

    While the pace of this novel is languorous, its theme of forgiveness is one of the most deeply moving in the series.(And any book with a stray dog is a sure winner. Precious and Grace is no exception to the meme.)As always, Smith handles characterizations with beguiling economy--a lifted eyebrow here, an almost-suppressed thought there, yet the reader turns the page and much has happened. In particular, note how Precious understands, accommodates, and reacts to the Grace's occasional roughness.A [...]

    This is the 17th installment in the long running series about Precious Ramotswe and her No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Botswana. Whenever I start one of these books, the sensation is reminiscent of easing myself into a warm and relaxing bath. Life slows down and my mind turns to idly contemplating subjects as random as whether dogs have souls or the curative power of a cup of tea. The main storyline in Precious and Grace concerns a Canadian woman who spent some of her childhood in Botswana and [...]

    The 17th installment is much like the first sixteen, but this series still seems fresh to me. Not much to the mystery, as always, but I read them for the ongoing stories of Mma Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi, their families and co-workers, and the people of Botswana.

    The newest client of the "The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" is Susan Peters, a Canadian woman who was born and raised in Botswana. Susan is nostalgic for her early life in the beautiful African country and - producing an old photo - asks Mma Ramotswe to find her childhood home and former nanny, called Rosie. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi put a piece in the newspaper asking Rosie to come forward and (of course) several candidates quickly show up. Mma Makutsi - acerbic and skeptical as always [...]

    4.5 stars. These books are medicine, particularly for the sensitive, introspective soul. If what you really want is for everyone to be kind and love one another, and you want to spend time in the company of characters who do just that, without being cardboard cutouts or predictable, read this series. In this world, we need 1000x more people like author Alexander McCall Smith, Mma Ramotswe, and all of these characters. Very sad to have read all of the books currently published in this series, alt [...]

    Precious and Grace is the seventeenth full length novel in the popular No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Scottish author, Alexander McCall Smith. With Grace Makutsi’s status in the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency elevated and Precious Ramotswe no longer being her boss, as such, Mma Ramotswe finds her considerable skills of diplomacy and tact are more often required in their case discussions and client meetings. This is indeed so when a client who has travelled from Canada presents with a som [...]

    A lost dog, Mr. Polopetsi caught in a pyramid scheme, and a Canadian woman trying to recover a lost childhood but these are just the problems. The real theme is forgiveness, kindness, and contentment.

    Precious and Grace is the seventeenth full length novel in the popular No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Scottish author, Alexander McCall Smith. This audio version is narrated by the wonderfully listenable Adjoa Andoh. With Grace Makutsi’s status in the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency elevated and Precious Ramotswe no longer being her boss, as such, Mma Ramotswe finds her considerable skills of diplomacy and tact are more often required in their case discussions and client meetings. This is [...]

    This is book seventeen in the “Number One Ladies Detective Agency” Series. This book meanders around a number of various unrelated problems for Precious Ramotswe.We have the return of some prior characters such a Ra Polopetsi who use to help out occasionally at the agency. Mma Ramotswe thinks he has gotten himself involved in a pyramid investment scheme. A new character is introduced, he is Fanwell, an assistant mechanic at the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. Fanwell ran over a dog and now it k [...]

    If it is October than that means a trip to Botswana to visit with my favorite literary character Precious Ramotswe and all of her friends and family. At the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe is presented with a client from Canada who who would like assistance in reconnecting with her childhood Botswana roots. Also keeping Mma Ramotswe busy is a stray dog longing for the right home and Ra Polopetsi who has become entangled with the Bernie Madoff of Botswana. With the aid of lots of Bush [...]

    This feel good series is just too repetitious for me. The character development is such that I can understand the appeal to a majority female audience. I've read about half of them and I'm sure that's my quota completed now. I take no sugar or artificial sweetener in coffee, tea or in detective series. In this one the dog story was more resolved and for me more interesting. Most of the investigation is more about prime character interaction and conversation than it is about centering any plot. B [...]

    There are some books (like Nero Wolfe books or Jeeves & Wooster books) wherein the plot is completely incidental and is merely an excuse to check in with old friends. All of AMS's books are like this and he has populated my world with delightful people for many years. Happy to spend some time with the completely lovely Precious Ramotswe. May we all be so generous of spirit as she.

    My first experience with the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, was when it became a book club pick. I have to admit, this is not something I would have chosen on my own, it is nothing at all like the books I normally choose. However, there is something about this series that made me want to read more. I cannot name the something; but, these books give me great satisfaction.Precious and Grace are asked to find a woman who acted as a caretaker for a young girl while her parents worked in Bots [...]

    Precious Ramotswe is a “traditionally built” woman who founded and runs the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. She is known throughout Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, for her wisdom and her street smarts. She is also reflective, unfailingly kind, truthful, and patient to an almost superhuman degree. She would have to be to put up with her rude and self-centered assistant, Grace Makutsi.A charming series of novelsThe relationship between the two women is the principal theme of Precious and Grace, [...]

    After having read all of the #1 Detective Agency books, I have finally realized that the reason I haven't enjoyed the last few as much is that I really don't like Mma Makutsi at all! Rude, sneaky, pushy, know-it-all, and generally obnoxious - Mma Ramotswe is an angel to put up with her to the extent she does. Nevertheless, there was enough going on in the book to keep me going to the end - the Canadian client wants to recover her past (or does she?), the lonely dog keeps coming back, Mr. Polopet [...]

    There have been moments in recent books when I feel that McCall Smith is beginning to run out of gas with this series, but this one works really well. I'm not sure about the title though, because it really makes it seem as if there is something in particular going on with Mmas Ramotswe and Makutsi, and there isn't anything new or unusual here. Just another solid No.1 Ladies volume.

    Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed by the rudeness, unthinking and unthinkable cruelties, and selfishness of the world that we live in, I like to take a break from it all by visiting Botswana. There, I can sit in the shade of a tree and drink red bush tea with Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi and listen to Precious expound on her philosophy of life and her view of what is important. For example, there is her rumination about the past:There were too many people who took the view that the past wa [...]

    Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Alexander McCall Smith at Powell's Books in Beaverton, Oregon. Smith is one of my favorite authors, and I was absolutely thrilled to meet the creator of Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi. Smith spoke for approximately thirty minute and left about thirty minutes for an audience Q & A. One of the more interesting things that he spoke about, was the television adaptation of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. He was asked if Jill Scott was what he imagined for [...]

    Ah Afrika!Precious and Grace teach us so lessons as they go about solving their cases. This one of forgiveness is one to take to heart.

    If you happened to just read my review of "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James and you're wondering what I do read these days, this would be a bit of your answer. So, I didn't make note of this on , but I made my way through much of Alexander McCall Smith this last summer (2016). I read the Scotland Streets, the Corduroy Mansions, lots of the singles, most of the Isabel Dalhousies. Didn't get around to the Portuguese books again. Loved the first, the second, some of the singles, and got abomin [...]

    How I love this series! True, some things are a little repetitive (e.g. Violet Sephotho's appearances ), and the cases aren't exactly groundbreaking. But I don't care, I love my yearly (?) "trips" to Botswana via these wonderful books, meeting dear old friends.

    Read & reviewed for The Bookbag here: thebookbag/reviews/iFriendships can be funny things, and that is often the case with Precious and Grace. This is their seventeenth book now, and so we have seen their friendship grow and develop a great deal over the years. Both women have grown to understand, respect and love each other, through business hardships, personal difficulties and all their many and varied cases. In their current case the pair have a strong difference of opinions, and yet all [...]

    I received a copy of this title from Hachette Australia for review.Ten Second Synopsis:A lady arrives from Canada hoping that Mma Ramotswe can help her reconnect with a childhood spent in Botswana. In the meantime, Mr Polopetsi is wrapped up in a very unwise scheme.Precious and Grace felt like a microcosm of the series as a whole for me: beguiling, gentle, and following its own rhythm toward a satisfying and thought-provoking conclusion. After the initial recap in which the reader is reacquainte [...]

    Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi have been working together for years to solve other people's problems but now they have a case which threatens to divide them. They each thing they're right but they both could be wrong. Susan wants to find someone who was her nursemaid thirty years ago and the only evidence she has is a blurred photograph taken in front of a house. She says she wants to relive her happiest times but is that really what she wants to do?Then there's the lost dog which Fanwell b [...]

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