The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe

About the book: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency often helps people find things they have lost. But they have never had to help a client find herself—until now, in this latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling and beloved series.

A kindhearted brother and sister have taken in a woman known only as “Mrs.”—a woman with no memory of her name or of how she came to Botswana. And so it’s up to Precious Ramotswe and her new co-director, Grace Makutsi, to discover the woman’s identity. 

Meanwhile, motherhood proves to be no obstacle to Mma Makutsi’s professional success. As she settles into her role as partner at the agency, she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café, a restaurant for Gaborone’s most fashionable diners. But even Miss 97 Per Cent isn’t fully prepared for the temperamental chefs, drunken waiters, and other challenges that come with running one’s own business. Help may come from an unexpected source, if only Mma Makutsi can swallow her pride and ask.

And next door to the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is all too familiar with the difficult decisions of business owners. He is finally forced to make a tough choice, one that will bring major changes to both Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency—and that will require all of Mma Ramotswe’s finesse and patience to sort out. 

With sympathy and indefatigable good humor, Mma Ramotswe and her friends see one another through these major changes and discover along the way what true friendship really means.

My review: I have loved these books about Precious Ramotswe and her No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency since I started reading them years ago! I love the sights and feelings of being in Botswana, a place that I will probably never actually go to. I love the kindness and generosity of the people who live there. And I love the characters in these books!

This book finds Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi trying to sort out their new roles as partners in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, while at the same time Mma Makutsi is trying to set up her new business - a restaurant. I love the way that Mma Makutsi thinks she knows everything about the restaurant business and how she refuses to ask for any help from anyone. And, of course, there's bound to be some craziness involved.

I loved the plot of this book! Mma Ramotswe has been asked to find the identity of a woman who appears to have forgotten everything, but as she starts to check into things, the story she has been told isn't quite adding up. She must figure out just what is truth and what is untruth of what she's been told. I loved how the story ended. Such a great book!

I love all of the characters in these books, Charlie, Fanwell and all the other characters are so much fun! 

This is a fun, clean book that I didn't want to put down!

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