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The Joy and Light Bus Company (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 22)

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Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana.

We all know the range and breadth of Alexander’s writing, not all of it comic but much of it SO comic it keeps us afloat through dark times. Mma Ramotswe, the main character, investigates people’s problems and attempts to make things better. He is dismayed that the evil woman has unduly influenced his father to do so and wants her investigated. We all need people to tell us that everything is going to be all right, even when it is not, and that we should not worry, even when we clearly need to be concerned about something.I felt like I was in the room with her while she read the story and she is so clever – she could imitate you, Mma Makutsi, Rra Maketoni and all the other people exactly so that I felt like I was right there. A wealthy client's elderly father has changed his will, making his devoted live-in nurse a significant beneficiary, and the ladies are tasked with uncovering the woman as a fraud. However, this would require putting up his garage and Precious Ramotswe’s detective agency as collateral. I purchased the first six books, and then read the next five as soon as they appeared in the library. Mma Ramotswe, who fears the bus company will fail, is VERY troubled by the plan and hopes to nip it in the bud.

But they are able to bring resolution to several important issues through listening, thinking, and making kind choices. I also appreciate the depth of respect for working people that shines out of every book in this series. Excellent detecting skills in this one, although the complete lack of mention of Mma Ramotswe’s and Mma Makutsi’s children (despite a somewhat larger than usual role for their husbands) was strange.

Her husband goes to a class on successful businesses, and is talked into mortgaging his garage to invest in his former classmate's business idea, a bus company. The fact that I find myself feeling concerned about the marriages of two women that are fictional, fictional, fictional says a great deal about Smith’s capacity to develop characters with depth and breadth. Mma Ramotswe's husband, Mr JLB Matekoni, the mechanic, has been feeling out of sorts, so she encourages him to attend a course entitled Where is Your Business Going?

I love being able to reconnect with these kind and gentle people, even Mma Makutsi, who can be snippy a lot of the time, even though she has a good heart. Working together over a cup of red bush tea, she and Mma Makutsi will rely on their tact, humor, and goodwill to ensure that all involved find the happiness that they deserve. As always, there is lots happening in the small community, but Mma Ramotswe can unfailingly be relied upon to be the voice of reason and patience in an increasingly chaotic world. Her husband would require a loan, with the building housing his garage and her detective agency as collateral. Even as she puzzles over mysteries on the domestic front, Mma Ramotswe’s professional duties must take precedence.What worries Precious Ramotswe most about the scheme is that the necessary bank loan will be taken against the garage and the premises of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. And, in a further troubling sub-plot, is there anything Mma Ramotswe can do about the rumour that another wealthy local family are using vulnerable children as slave labour? B. Matekoni attends a course hosted by the local chamber of commerce entitled “Where Is Your Business Going? As always, the ladies muse on many topics, including what is required to keep men happy, and Mma Makutsi coins an excellent term for those old-fashioned males who still indulge in sexual discrimination: Past Tense Men.

Grace Makutsi was originally hired as a secretary, but she keeps promoting herself under new impressive titles over the years. But it was not authority of the sort that one would encounter in a school principal or a magistrate or somebody of that sort: this was the authority of the bully. Finally, while visiting Mma Potokwame at the Orphan Farm, Mma Ramotswe hears about what amounts to domestic slavery. After the ladies converse over tea and fruit cake, Mma Ramotswe learns that a new orphan girl, who arrived with a broken wrist, was forced to work for a wealthy family without pay.This time around, Precious and Mma Makutsi follow up on a complaint from a son who is concerned that his father is planning to leave a large inheritance to the woman who has cared for him for the past decade.

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