Even the arrival of her baby can't hold Mma Makutsi back from success in the workplace, and so no sooner than she becomes a full partner in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - in spite of Mma Ramotswe's belated claims that she is only 'an assistant full partner' - she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe. Grace Makutsi is a lady with a business plan,but who could predict temperamental chefs, drunken waiters and more? Luckily, help is at hand, from the only person in Gaborone more gently determined than Mma Makutsi . . .Mma Ramotswe, of course.
There is something almost divinely appealing about the way McCall Smith writes about daily life in Botswana . . . it is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging . . . [his] novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling - Mail on SundayForget the library - the body is in the mud hut. An African Miss Marple created by a Scottish lawyer . . . superb - Sunday TimesTotally addictive - Daily MailA small slice of heaven - ScotsmanHooray - the unstobbable fiction-machine that is Mr Alexander McCall Smith has returned to the mothership . . . Two new clients turn up [with] a problem that will take more than one pot of Mrs Ramotswe's redbush tea to solve, and she solves it with her trademark humanity, warmth and charm. Irresistible - The Times