The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine In this latest installment of the beloved and best selling series Mma Ramotswe must contend with her greatest challenge yet a vacation Business is slow at the No Ladies Detective Agency so slow in

  • Title: The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
  • Author: Alexander McCall Smith
  • ISBN: 9780804169912
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this latest installment of the beloved and best selling series, Mma Ramotswe must contend with her greatest challenge yet a vacation Business is slow at the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday The promise of a week of uninterrupted peace is short liveIn this latest installment of the beloved and best selling series, Mma Ramotswe must contend with her greatest challenge yet a vacation Business is slow at the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday The promise of a week of uninterrupted peace is short lived, however, when she meets a young boy named Samuel, a troublemaker who is himself in some trouble Once she learns about Samuel s sad story, Mma Ramotswe feels compelled to step in and help him find his way out of a bad situation Despite this unexpected diversion, Mma Ramotswe still finds herself concerned about how the agency is faring in her absence Her worries grow when she hears that Mma Makutsi is handling a new and rather complicated case A well respected Botswanan politician is up for a major public honor, and his reputation is now being called into question by his rivals The man s daughter has contacted the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency to investigate these troubling claims, but, as in so many cases, all is not as it seems In the end, the investigation will affect everyone at the agency and will also serve as a reminder that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I love this series. Sixteen books in and I still look forward to each new one as it comes out. Alexander McCall Smith has such a delightful view of the world and an equally delightful way of writing about it. His characters are all so entertaining that this reader anyway wants to know everything about them. Add to that the fact that I have spent some very pleasant times in Botswana and these books describe it to perfection. What more could I ask for?

    2. A Review by Charlie (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency's No. 1 Ladies' Man)Dumela Mmas and Rras. Ko Ko! The latest book about me by Rra McCall Smith has just been published so now you can read all about my adventures as a liberated, modern Botswana man. You see, I am no longer an apprentice mechanic at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. I am a para-secretary at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Goodbye wrenches, hello teapots. Will that be red bush or Five Roses Tea? Nobody makes better tea than Ch [...]

    3. I have read every book in this series and liked them all. This one was slow in places--it can seem like one is reading several advice columns in a row--but Smith has this magician's trick (see, I'm talking while something is happening over there) in which the reader realizes that with Smith's graceful economy of words, by the end of the story much has actually occurred. So, too, with this book. The analogy is to drinking two or three cups of Mma Ramotswe's beloved red bush tea, only to find that [...]

    4. One of my great pleasures in life is a new Precious Ramotswe book in the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I throw everything aside and settle in for a wonderful time with the calmness Mma Ramotswe brings me. The last thing I expected though was that she was going on vacation. What? Vacation? Well, sort of. It's her version of a vacation she was maneuvered into taking by her funny assistant, Mma Makutsi. This means, of course, Grace will be in charge. Will the detective agency survive? Pr [...]

    5. This is a favorite series' latest installment. Mr. Smith couldn't write fast enough to fill my desire to read one of them! The continuing story of Mms Ramotswe & Mma Mukusi & all the regulars never fails to delight me and make feel at peace except for a longing to go to Botswana. In this latest novel, Mma Rambotswe takes a vacation from the office which doesn't mean a vacation from crime-solving. Some lovely moments of reflection on her marriage. This one hAs the charm of the earlier boo [...]

    6. Thanks to the connivance of her husband, secretary, and even Charlie, the onetime apprentice mechanic turned para-secretary, Botswana’s only lady detective — probably only detective of either sex — Precious Ramotswe has been bamboozled into a two-week vacation. But Mma Ramotswe isn’t idle but a few days before she surreptitiously returns to work — and for good reason.In The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, the 16th book in series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Grace M [...]

    7. I admire Alexander McCall Smith immensely, and this rating reflects my inability to keep my mind on the story. I have always listened to this series because I love the way Lisette Lecat speaks through the stories so slowly and with such clear pronunciation, accenting the English as though it is spoken by residents of Gaborone, Botswana. In this episode, Mma Ramotswe takes a holiday, leaving the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency in the hands of Mma Makutsi. The pace of the novel is so slow, even less [...]

    8. “I worry about you a great deal, Mma. I worry that you will take all the cares of the world on your shoulders and that you will collapse under the weight. I worry that you will open your heart to so many people that eventually it will be full – crowded – and it will stop because there is no room for the blood to go round. I am worried that you will look after so many people that you will forget that there is one person who also needs looking after, and that person is you, Mma. I am worried [...]

    9. I am never disappointed in this series. This is #16, and it's just as fresh and wonderful as the first one. At the end of each book, I always feel a little better about the world.

    10. This one could be called "The Boss Takes a Holiday". It's more than 50% copy for her thoughts and perceptions, her visiting and her diverted observations which lead to good will tasks, than it is the normal more plot driven cases. Although there is bits of that as well, very stingy bits. Her Assistant is more self driven, declaring and announcing for her directions and opinions than ever. And the sun shines and the heat burns. You certainly get depth of character, but most is redundant of former [...]

    11. Mma Ramotswe, owner of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" in Botswana, is gently manipulated into taking a vacation by her assistant Mma Makutsi - who thinks Mma Ramotswe needs a little break. Though Mma Ramotswe is reluctant to leave the agency in the hands of Mma Makutsi - who tends to be stubborn, brash, and undiplomatic - she takes a couple of weeks off. During this time Mma Makutsi is thrilled to take over as Acting Director of the agency.Mma Ramotswe spends some time cleaning her cupboar [...]

    12. I can't say enough about this series. If you're looking for a book full of interesting characters in a world where the highest aspects of human nature rule, there is lots of sardonic humor, with cultural references (in this case, of Botswana), you can't go wrong with these. There is so much wisdom in these books, so much comfort. I seem to need just this type of read lately, so I'm glad Alexander McCall Smith is a very prolific writer.I want to add that as much as I enjoy Alexander McCall Smith' [...]

    13. Short on the interactions that make this series so special and l-o-n-g on Precious Ramotswe's musings and reflections. I didn't feel the insightful glimpses into heart and soul that I've come to expect and a few times Mma Ramotswe's behavior struck me as out of character. Like the previous book this was largely a recap of the events from earlier installments and two of the requisite three cases (it seems each book always has three) were hurriedly wrapped up in the last few pages. Still a good re [...]

    14. So what if it's not the finest work of literature ever written? For a fan of this series, it is one of the very best. Our heroines and heroes deal with lies and heartbreak, and do so with wisdom and compassion. The gentleness with which this is done, and the affection with which McCall Smith continues to write about Africa, are a balm. The comeuppance of an old arch-nemesis is another kind of balm altogether!

    15. I was reading this book when I was once again reminded that I don't read them for the mysteries but for the characters and their relationships. I hope one day I'll write characters that people will want to check in with again and again, just to see how their lives are going.

    16. We are back in sunny Botswana for the 16th instalment in the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. While the initial books in the series were quite plot driven, it has evolved to a series that is much more about the characters with a thin, almost token, plot thrown in for good measure. Like the others, this is a charming book that left me feeling all warm and fuzzy about life, but I have to say that there isn't a lot to it. Precious Ramotswe is convinced by Mma Makutsi to take a short holiday fr [...]

    17. Could we please go back and focus on Mma Ramotswe instead of Mma Makutsi? I don't know, I feel like the last couple of books have moved the gentle yet determined owner of the N. 1 Ladies Detective Agency a little on the side. We know a lot about Mma Makutsi's son, for example, but the childrens of Mma Ramotswe are growing up in very few words.I still enjoy reading this warming ad spirit-lifting series, but the older books are better.

    18. I love Alexander McCall Smith's series, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. It is a mystery series but not on the topic of crimes like murder, but things that happen to everyday people that need to be investigated. Reading one of these books is like allowing your mind to take a much needed mini-vacation. This is the first of the series that I have listened to rather than read. Listening to Lisette Lecat telling the story actually gave the story an air of authenticity. It was wonderful to hear th [...]

    19. Alexander McCall Smith has been writing The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series of books for more than a decade and I love them all. These stores remind me that there is still sweetness in this chaotic and sometimes wicked world of ours. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi Radiphuti rarely have dangerous crimes to untangle. They are often called upon to clear up domestic difficulties, misunderstandings, or familial treacheries. Mma Ramotswe and her cohort (although somewhat eccentric) generally solve [...]

    20. I am a number one fan of Alexander McCall Smith’s No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. Smith has no foul language, no explicit sex scenes or violence in his books. Instead we have great storytelling mixed with humor and a moral message wrapped around fascinating character with some human insight mixed in. To top it all off Smith adds some history and travelogue of Botswana into his story. Our protagonist is Mma Precious Ramotswe the owner of the agency. Her assistant is Mma Makutsi who made 97 percen [...]

    21. Not you run of the mill cozyWe are so used to reading mysteries with gruesome, grisly dead bodies, torture scenes, rapes, and car chases it is a delight to pick up another Alexander McCall book in this series. He writes an intelligent, thoughtful book that keeps our attention just fine without the blood, gore, sex and shock. Not an easy thing to pull off. Many books are 'clean' but that's all they can claim. They're often marketed to a Christian audience and are poorly written. McCall fills a un [...]

    22. A sweet Mma Ramotswe story, as always; this one however bubbling along slowly, never reaching any kind of real depth, real interest for me. I actually had to renew it (library)- which i think is a first for a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel. Mma Makutsi seemed more irritating than fun, Mma Ramotswe seemed a bit of a push-over; maybe it’s me, but a lot of what i love about the gentle strength of the characters in this series generally, seemed timid and fragmented in this one.Finally the [...]

    23. These books never do more than amble along. However in this book so far, there haven't even been any cases and for the first time ever I feel like nothing much at all is happening. I hate to say it but I'm bored. I know critics of these books have said that from time to time. So far I have always found enough wisdom and philosophy about the nature of life and relationships in Botswana soothing, like a balm. This time, not so much. I'm blaming all the fab Grimdark and Sword and Sorcery I've been [...]

    24. Several years ago the BBC and HBO co-produced a short-lived television series based on the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. If your impression of those books and the characters featured in them was colored by watching TV, please forget everything you saw and read the books themselves. There are few examples anywhere in adult literature that can match the charm and insight that Alexander McCall Smith brings to these lovely little books.The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine is the sixteenth novel in [...]

    25. I love this series and this installment does not disappoint. Now we find Mma Ramotswe on holiday - but that doesn't mean that she isn't drawn into a little mystery. This time it's a problem involving a prominent man's reputation. There's also a "rubbish boy" that she rescues. Oh, I'd love to sit down with Precious and have a cup of bush tea on her veranda.Quotes to remember:even the most inconsequential of secrets could weigh heavily on a person’s soul.The trouble with the world today, she tho [...]

    26. This is my favorite book series. Reading them is like catching up with old friends. In the latest installment in the series, Mma Ramotswe, under a bit of pressure from everyone who thinks she works too hard, takes a vacation leaving Mma Makutsi in charge of the detective agency. I was a little put off by this book at first. Mma Ramotswe seemed to have uncharitable thoughts towards her friend that seemed unlike her. She was at odds with Mma Makutsi for most of the story which was a departure from [...]

    27. From BBC radio 4 - Drama:A new two-part dramatisation of Alexander McCall Smith's latest No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency book, 'The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine'. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi return to Radio 4 for a new two-part adventure based on the popular novels set in Bostwana, dramatised by the author.Episode 1: This is Not a Rubbish BoyMma Ramotswe has to come to terms with one of the most difficult situations that she has ever faced - taking a holiday.Episode 2: The Woman Who Walked in Sun [...]

    28. This is another Precious Ramotswe story. As I read them I always hear the narration in a woman's voice with a lovely musical African accent, even though they're written by Alexander McCall Smith. One wonders whether he expected to write so many of them when he started the series. Just when I think he's out of ideas and that the characters are always going to be the same, it's nice to see how the characters have grown, especially Mma Makutsi, the ambitious and opinionated secretary who helped get [...]

    29. I don’t know whether this was the best of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series since the first book, or whether I’m just in an especially good space at the moment to appreciate it, but I loved this one!! It was fun to see Mma Ramotswe take a holiday and for Mr Polopetsi to be back in the series. I loved the little words of wisdom and insightful thoughts that come to Mma Ramotswe as she looks at the sky or sips her tea or as she drives around town in her little white van. 4.5★

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