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Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, so at Mma Makutsi's suggestion, Mma Ramotswe is persuaded to take her first-ever holiday. But just as she's about to depart, a new client arrives: a young woman whose father was considered a hero in Botswana but whose reputation is now being called into question. Mma Ramotswe almost cancels her trip, but Mma Makutsi is adamant that she and Charlie have the situation in hand. Precious can't relax, however, if she doesn't know what's going on at the agency, so she enlists Charlie to be her eyes and ears while she's away. But Charlie may not be an altogether reliable emissary, particularly with much of his attention devoted to his newly adopted dog. In the end, it's an investigation that will affect everyone at the Agency, and a reminder for us all that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781489017468
ISBN-10: 1489017461
Format: CD-Audio
Imprint: Bolinda Publishing
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2015
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Woman Who Walked In Sunshine by Adjoa Andoh - Reviewed by (08 Dec 2015)

“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 about all these things” Mr J. L. B. Matekoni.

The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine is the sixteenth book in the popular Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by British author, Alexander McCall Smith. Mma Ramotswe finds herself taking a holiday without even having consciously decided to do so. She has practically been railroaded into it by Mma Makutsi, Charlie and Mr Polopetsi, and, to her later embarrassment and shame, Mma Ramostwe realises she actually doubted the purity of Mma Makutsi’s intentions.

By the end of her first day, she has cleaned out the kitchen cupboards, excused herself from a bunch of gossiping women, rescued a young boy from slavery, twice sustained damage to her tiny white van and discovered that evil Violet Sepotho’s latest dubious venture. She misses going in to the Agency and, when Mr Polopetsi asks for her help with a case to which he has been assigned, Mma Ramotswe asks herself if Mma Makutsi is really up to the task of running the business.

As always, McCall Smith has his characters discussing or musing upon a myriad of topics: politics, getting the happiness we deserve, divine retribution, bread and dripping, our inner pyromaniac, getting stale, feminists and lesbians, uncomfortable truths and lies: “Lies can sometimes be as powerful as the truth, Mma. A lie about someone can hurt them even if everybody knows it’s a lie”. In this instalment, Mma Ramotswe learns something about herself, and about life, from an unexpected quarter, and once again, proves without doubt, her great kindness. Another heart-warming read. This audio version is, as usual, beautifully narrated by Adjoa Andoh.