The tenth installment of this universally beloved and best-selling
series finds Precious Ramotswe in personal need of her own formidable
detection talents.Mma Ramotswe’s ever-ready tiny white van
has recently developed a rather disturbing noise. Of course, Mr. J.L.B.
Matekoni–-her estimable husband and one of Botswana’s most talented
mechanics––is the man to turn to for help. But Precious suspects he
might simply condemn the van and replace it with something more modern.
And as usual, her suspicions are well-founded: without telling her, he
sells the van and saddles his wife with a new, characterless vehicle .
. . a situation that must be remedied. And so she sets out to find the
van, unaware, for the moment, that it has already been stolen from the
man who bought it, making recovery a more complicated process than she
had expected.In the meantime, all is not going smoothly for Mma
Makutsi in her engagement to Mr Phuti Radiphuti (to make matters worse,
Violet Sephotho, who could not have gotten more than fifty percent on
her typing final at the Botswana Secretarial School, is involved). And
finally, the proprietor of a local football team has enlisted the No. 1
Ladies’ Detective Agency to help explain its dreadful losing streak:
surely someone must be fixing the games, it can’t just be a case of
unskilled players.And as we know, there are few mysteries that
can’t be solved and fewer problems that can’t be fixed when Precious
Ramotswe puts her mind to it.
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