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Blue Shoes and Happiness
by Alexander McCall Smith

RRP €11.35

Blue Shoes and Happiness
by Author Name Alexander McCall Smith

Book details for title
List Price:11.35
Format: Paperback, 197 x 127 x 17mm, 256pp
Publication date: 11 Feb 2006
Publisher: Abacus
ISBN-13: 9780349117720

Description

Now that she is finally and happily married to her long-term suitor Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of Botswana might have expected life to grow more sedate. But the many problems that lead customers to Mma Ramotswe's door seem, if anything, to have multiplied, and no sooner has she settled her traditionally built person into the married state than she finds herself looking into several troublesome matters at once. There is, to begin with, a disturbing case of blackmail and theft from the Government catering college. Then, while on an errand for her husband to the Mokolodi Game Reserve Mma Ramotswe is seconded to investigate an unpleasant atmosphere that may be down to witchcraft, or something worse. There are sinister goings-on at a health clinic to be looked into, not to mention any number of small wrongs to be righted along the path to detective triumph. And all the time Mma Ramotswe has weighty questions of a philosophical nature to consider, such as whether it is right to find happiness in small things, such as a new pair of blue shoes, a slice of cake, or a red sunset over the Kalahari.

Reviews

The books possess a beguiling simplicity that is hard to convey without making them seem fey, when in fact they are direct, vivid and down-to-earth ... what he achieves in his No.1 Ladies Detective Agency novels is the depiction in the lives of his main characters of a benign system of morality - derived by Mma Ramotswe from the old-fashioned ways of doing things' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Nothing spoils [McCall Smith's] vision of Botswana as a place where decent people triumph over mischief-makers' SUNDAY TIMES 'Nothing will dim the charm of McCall Smith's series, with its portraits of goodness, its sorrow over greed and its profound love of Africa. They are among the greatest comfort-reads of all time, written in plain, elegant prose.' Amanda Craig, INDEPENDENT '[BLUE SHOES AND HAPPINESS has] the quiet sophistication of the previous novels and its simplicity is deceptive.These novels take us through the looking glass into an Africa we rarely hear about, but their main purpose is to hold a mirror to our own socie