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5.0 out of 5 stars Prizes little-noticed,
McCall Smith's many volumes in this series has allowed him to fill and strengthen his regular characters, while introducing drop-ins who never fail to leave an impact. Charlie, Mr JLB Matekoni's shop apprentice is a fine example. Appearing regularly in a minor role, Charlie seems readily predictable: brash, self-centred and arrogant, he seems destined never to mature. Is he a candidate for things miraculous? McCall Smith's portrayals are the foundations around which these fine stories are constructed. This may well be the peak effort, a finely written and gripping tale of mystery and resolution.
Precious' skills as a detective are on full display here, as is her humanity. She faces a serious challenge from the letters. Tracking down their originator will be a daunting task. Is she up to facing a serious enemy? Woven into this story is a shift in Mr JLB Matekoni's relations with Precious. A sudden act of independence might lead to tragedy for the family and his workshop. Yet, because the act is one of deep humanity, Precious is unable to resist his desire to see if their crippled adopted daughter, Motholeli can be successfully treated. Grace Makutsi becomes caught up in a web of deceit and fabrications. Is the web so tight it may choke her engagement to Phuti Radiphuti, owner of the Double Comfort Furniture Shop?
One thing you may count on with McCall Smith is a reasonably happy ending. At least, there are no serious tragedies to cope with. This one is no different, except in the sense that "miracles" must be openly defined. That is, after all, how real life works. The author brings you to his conclusions with his usual grace and wit. Applying many depths to his stories and their protagonists, a McCall Smith can be taken up again with no regrets. This one is unquestionably one of those. [stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada]
4.0 out of 5 stars Book #9 in the series,
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This review is from: The Miracle at Speedy Motors: Book #9 (Paperback)I really enjoyed this instalment of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. I love the characters (although I find Grace Makutsi annoying at times) and a bit more time was spent on the relationship with the children in this one. A couple of mysteries for the ladies to solve and a misadventure with a heart-shaped bed made for another delightful read.
4.0 out of 5 stars another comfort read,
This review is from: The Miracle at Speedy Motors: Book #9 (Paperback)This is another enjoyable comfort read from Alexander McCall Smith.
Mma Ramotswe finds herself trying to find the family for a woman who does not know anything about them. Mma Rakutsi and her fiance buy a heart shaped bed. Meanwhile Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni listens to a doctor who promises a miracle cure for his adopted daughter. Mma Ramotswe does not believe the doctor but lets her husband find his own way and deals with the outcomes.
Although I felt the mystery part of this book weaker then others in the series, the stories were better. Mma Ramotswe is so compassionate and knows exactly how to deal with her family members. As for the heart-shaped bed, it provided some wonderful comic relief.
Love this series!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-Warming Vignettes About Caring for One Another,
The Miracle at Speedy Motors examines the themes of marital love, parental responsibility, honesty, jealousy, commitment, bonding, handling mistakes, and friendship. In keeping with the detective focus of the series, there are cases to be solved. A woman wants to find an unidentified person. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi receive threatening letters. A landlord wants to get rid of a tenant.
The focus of the book, however, is on the relationships among the continuing characters, especially Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and Mma Ramotswe, Mr. Phuti Radiphuti and Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe and Mr. Polopetsi, and Mma Makutsi and Charlie in the garage. You also get to read more about Mma Potokwane and Motholeli than in most of the other books.
What made the book special to me were the heart-felt commitments that some of the characters made towards doing the right thing, no matter what. Alexander McCall Smith loves people and when he expresses that love through his characters it feels great just to be alive.
I found Mma Makutsi more annoying than usual in this book, and not nearly as funny in her foolish scenes. Otherwise, I would have graded the book at five stars. I hope that the next book will focus more on Precious and her family.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cup of tea, a slice of cake, and thou,
Mma Makutsi and her splendidly named fiancé Phuti Radiphuti are closer than ever to setting a date for the wedding, but when she picks out a snazzy new bed with red hearts on the headboard, she gets more heartache than she bargained for.
Mma Ramotswe is concerned over the growing outspokenness and self-confidence of Mma Makutsi, who after all, is soon to be married to the owner of a thriving furniture store, but she can't stop to dwell on the situation, because her own husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has been talked into spending a fortune on a miracle cure for their daughter.
As far as the cases go, Mma Ramotswe has to find the family of a client who doesn't know her own real name, her birthday, or even if she has any family at all. Mma Makutsi's case is to find out whether a tenant is pulling a fast one on his landlord. At the same time, both ladies are trying to solve the mystery of the menacing letters.
After lots of awkward moments due to wrong conclusions, mistaken beliefs, incorrect information and erroneous assumptions, the ladies realize that the best road to happiness is to be true to yourself, honest to others, and to recognize the everyday miracles that we often take for granted.
For those now starting the series, the titles so far are:
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful Girls
The Kalahari Typing School for Men
The Full Cupboard of Life
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
Blue Shoes and Happiness
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
The Miracle at Speedy Motors
Easy to read, and overflowing with the gracious charm of its traditionally built central character, this series is ideal for people on the go who need a couple of hours to get away from it all. Chatty, relaxing and familiar, make sure you save some time to kick back with a cup of tea and the ladies of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!,
This review is from: The Miracle at Speedy Motors: Book #9 (Paperback)This is a wonderful addition to my No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency collection. I never tire of them. Every time I open these books, I am immediately transferred to Botswana. I feel I am actually there; I can smell the dust in the air and feel the heat on my skin. I am in the little white van with Mma Ramotswe. (I am saddened that the little white van may be coming to an end) I am having red bush tea with her as she contemplates the day. And I share with her the feelings of respect and love of her late father. Her character is one many of us can relate to, no matter where we live. I look forward to the next book (and the next and the next....)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comedy,
This review is from: The Miracle at Speedy Motors: Book #9 (Paperback)I had previously read Books 1 through 8 of this series by Alexander McCall Smith, and was delighted that I was able to get No. 9 through Amazon. All the characters are delightful and it was very entertaining to follow their progress and adventures through the series so far.
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The Miracle at Speedy Motors: Book #9 by Alexander McCall Smith (Paperback - Mar 10 2009)
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