Precious and Grace Book
Score: 4.5
From 9 Ratings

Precious and Grace


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2016-10-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345811936

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Precious and Grace Book Description :

The delightful seventeenth installment of the ever-popular, internationally bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The Chief Associate-Co-Director of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts. So when a young Canadian woman approaches Mma Ramotswe with a complex case, it's up to her alone to solve it--with her signature intuition and insight, of course. The young woman spent part of her childhood in Botswana and needs help finding a long-lost acquaintance. But much time has passed, and her memory yields few clues. The difficult search--and the unexpected results--will remind them all that sometimes it's those we think we know best who most surprise us.

Precious and Grace Book
Score: 4.5
From 9 Ratings

Precious and Grace


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2016-10-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101871362

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Precious and Grace Book Description :

Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea. Mma Makutsi, who has recently been promoted to co-director, has been encouraging Mma Ramotswe to update to more modern office practices. An unusual case, however, will require both of them to turn their attention firmly to the past. A young Canadian woman who spent her early childhood in Botswana requests the agency’s help in recalling her life there. Precious and Grace set out to locate the house that the woman lived in and the caretaker who looked after her many years ago. But when the journey takes an unexpected turn, they are forced to consider whether some things are better left in the past. Mma Ramotswe dispenses help and sympathy with the graciousness and warmth for which she is so well known, and everyone involved is led to surprising insights into the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and new beginnings.

Precious and Grace Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

Precious and Grace


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2016-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408708132

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Precious and Grace Book Description :

THE SEVENTEENTH BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES The one with the woman who lost her past . . . Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi's friendship is tested by a curious case: a client who left Botswana thirty years ago and remembers little of her past. The quest for the truth takes the detectives in very different directions - but what if they are both wrong? Meanwhile, Fanwell adopts a stray dog, Mr Polopetsi becomes entangled in a tricky business deal and Violet Sephotho could be running for a prestigious award. Can Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi move beyond their differing views to solve the case and bring harmony to the agency?

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection Book
Score: 3.5
From 60 Ratings

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2012-04-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307907158

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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection Book Description :

THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 13 Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea. Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. Odd as this is, she’s far too busy to worry about it. The best apprentice at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors is in trouble with the law and stuck with the worst lawyer in Gaborone. Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are building the house of their dreams, but their builder is not completely on the up and up. And, most shockingly, Mma Potokwane, defender of Botswana’s weak and downtrodden, has been dismissed from her post as matron at the orphan farm. Can the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency help restore the beloved matron to her rightful position? As wealthy and powerful influences at the orphan farm become allied against their friend, help arrives from an unexpected visitor: the tall stranger from Mma Ramotswe’s dreams, who turns out to be none other than the estimable Clovis Andersen, author of the No. 1 Ladies’ prized manual, The Principles of Private Detection. Together, Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi, and their teacher-turned-colleague help right this injustice and in the process discover something new about being a good detective. BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Alexander McCall Smith's The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon.

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party Book
Score: 4
From 53 Ratings

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-03-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307366849

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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party Book Description :

The twelfth installment in the beloved, bestselling series is once again a beautiful blend of wit and wisdom, and a profoundly touching tale of the human heart. Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a dream in which she is driving her dear old white van. Grace Makutsi dreams that her 97 percent on the Botswana Secretarial College exam was a mistake. When Mma Ramotswe discovers that her van is actually still in use (and, of course, sets out to retrieve it), Mma Makutsi wonders whether her dream will turn out to be prophetic as well. They can only wait and see, but, in the meantime, one of Phuti Radiphuti's apprentices has gotten a girl pregnant and, under pressure to marry her, has run away. Naturally, it is up to Precious and Grace to help the couple work things out. In other developments, Mma Ramotswe investigates a case of rural jealousy in which cattle are being poisoned. Add to the mix Violet Sephotho's newly begun, already unstoppable run for the Botswana Parliament and the possibility that wedding bells may finally ring for Phuti Radiphuti and Grace Makutsi — whose love for each other is as great as their love for Botswana — and we have a charming and delightful tale from the inimitable Alexander McCall Smith. From the Hardcover edition.

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Book
Score: 4
From 44 Ratings

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2010-03-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307375193

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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Book Description :

The 10th! instalment in this infinitely enjoyable series finds the ever-charming, ever-resourceful Mma Ramostwe helping people, and vans, with problems in their lives. Mma Ramotswe’s tiny white van has developed a disturbing noise. But having made numerous repairs to the van over the years, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni – her estimable husband and mechanic nonpareil – sells it without telling her and presents her with a new, characterless vehicle. So Mma Ramotswe sets out to recover the van. . . . In the meantime, the thoroughly unpleasant, yet glamorous, Violet Sephotho (who earned 50 percent, at most!, in the final examinations of the Botswana Secretarial College) gets herself a job at the Double Comfort Furniture Store. Why? The reason is obvious: to make a play for Mma Makutsi’s fiancé, Mr Phuti Radiphuti. And a proprietor of a local football team has enlisted the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency to help explain their dreadful losing streak: surely someone is fixing the games – it can’t just be a case of unskilled players . . . This is a job for Charlie, ever-apprentice at the Speedy Motors, to sniff out the competence of the players, as an assistant detective. . . . From the Hardcover edition.

The No  1 Ladies  Detective Agency Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2003-12-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 1400077656

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The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Book Description :

THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 1 Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea. This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency received two Booker Judges’ Special Recommendations and was voted one of the International Books of the Year and the Millennium by the Times Literary Supplement.

Moments of Glad Grace Book

Moments of Glad Grace


  • Author : Alison Wearing
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2020-04-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781773054971

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Moments of Glad Grace Book Description :

“As a writer, Wearing is all luscious texture and running narrative.” — The Globe and Mail Moments of Glad Grace is a moving and witty memoir of aging, familial love, and the hunt for roots and belonging. The story begins as a trip from Canada to Ireland in search of genealogical data and documents. Being 80 and in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, Joe invites his daughter Alison to come along as his research assistant, which might have worked very well had she any interest — any at all — in genealogy. Very quickly, the father-daughter pilgrimage becomes more comical than fruitful, more of a bittersweet adventure than a studious mission. And rather than rigorous genealogy, their explorations move into the realm of family and forgiveness, the primal search for identity and belonging, and questions about responsibility to our ancestors and the extent to which we are shaped by the people who came before us. Though continually bursting with humor, Moments of Glad Grace ultimately becomes a song of appreciation for the precious and limited time we have with our parents, the small moments we share, and the gifts of transcendence we might find there.

The Great Cake Mystery Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

The Great Cake Mystery


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307743893

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The Great Cake Mystery Book Description :

Before becoming the first female private investigator in Botswana, eight-year-old Precious Ramotswe tracks down a thief who has been stealing her classmates' snacks.

Blue Shoes and Happiness Book
Score: 3.5
From 34 Ratings

Blue Shoes and Happiness


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2010-05-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307370426

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Blue Shoes and Happiness Book Description :

In this seventh installment in the internationally bestselling, universally beloved series, there is considerable excitement at the shared premises of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. A cobra has been found in Precious Ramotswe’s office. Then a nurse from a local medical clinic reveals to Mma Ramotswe that faulty blood-pressure readings are being recorded there. And it looks as though Aunty Emang, the advice columnist in the local newspaper, may not be what she seems. It all means a lot of work for Mma Ramotswe and her inestimable assistant, Grace Makutsi, and they are, of course, up to the challenge. But there’s trouble brewing in Mma Makutsi’s own life. Her greedy uncles are demanding an extra-large bride price from her well-to-do fiancé, a man of substance, Phuti Radiphuti, and though money may buy her that fashionably narrow (and uncomfortable) pair of blue shoes, it won’t buy her the happiness that Mma Ramotswe promises her she’ll find in simpler things – in contentment with the world and enough tea to smooth over the occasional bumps in the road. From the Hardcover edition.

The Colors of All the Cattle Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

The Colors of All the Cattle


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2018-11-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735276352

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The Colors of All the Cattle Book Description :

Precious Ramotswe dips her toe into the world of politics in the newest addition to the beloved and bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to promise anything beyond what she can deliver--hence her slogan: "I can't promise anything--but I shall do my best." To everyone's surprise, she wins. As it turns out, politics does not agree with Mma Ramotswe. Though everyone is supportive, she eventually resigns. She thinks there will be a new election, but she discovers that the rules state that in such an event, the runner-up automatically takes the seat. Violet is triumphant, and sure that she will get the Big Fun Hotel planning application through without a hitch. But Mma Makutsi and Mma Potokwane are not about to make it easy for her. Through it all, Mma Ramotswe uses her good humour and generosity of spirit to help the community navigate divisive issues, and proves that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.

The Art of Grace  On Moving Well Through Life Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

The Art of Grace On Moving Well Through Life


  • Author : Sarah L. Kaufman
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2015-11-02
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393243963

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The Art of Grace On Moving Well Through Life Book Description :

"Sarah Kaufman offers an old-fashioned cure for a modern-day ailment. The remedy for our culture of coarseness is grace…This is an elegant, compelling, and, yes, graceful book." —Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive In this joyful exploration of grace’s many forms, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Sarah L. Kaufman celebrates a too-often-forgotten philosophy of living that promotes human connection and fulfillment. Drawing on the arts, sports, the humanities, and everyday life—as well as the latest findings in neuroscience and health research—Kaufman illuminates how our bodies and our brains are designed for grace. She promotes a holistic appreciation and practice of grace, as the joining of body, mind, and spirit, and as a way to nurture ourselves and others.

Sufficient Grace Book

Sufficient Grace


  • Author : Nancy Stern
  • Publisher : Creation House
  • Release Date : 2014-10-07
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 1621367703

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Sufficient Grace Book Description :

A Parent's Pain, The Father's Touch The phone call on April 4, 2007, was every parent's worst nightmare. Nancy Stern's precious daughter, Janah, was dead—at the hands of her abusive former husband. The bubbly 23-year-old had been shot and stabbed multiple times. Plunged into a world of grief, rocked with questions, Nancy and her husband, Mark, clung to their faith. Choosing forgiveness over bitterness, love over hatred, trust over doubt, they looked to their heavenly father to lead them through. While you never get over this kind of tragedy, Nancy says, you can find the strength to go on— and learn how God brings good out of even the worst. As Nancy and Mark travel widely to share their story and their lessons, they bring hope and encouragement to others facing heartbreak of their own. Join Nancy as she recounts their discovery of Sufficient Grace.

The Miracle at Speedy Motors Book
Score: 4
From 42 Ratings

The Miracle at Speedy Motors


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307277466

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The Miracle at Speedy Motors Book Description :

Precious Ramotswe heads to a Botswana game preserve to investigate the death of an elderly American tourist, while at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mma Ramotswe's husband suddenly decides to mortgage the garage. Reprint.

Iris Grace Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Iris Grace


  • Author : Arabella Carter-Johnson
  • Publisher : Skyhorse
  • Release Date : 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781510719804

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Iris Grace Book Description :

Iris Grace is a beautiful little girl who, from a very young age, barely communicated, avoided social interaction with other people, and rarely smiled. From both before her diagnosis of autism and after, she seemed trapped in her own world, unable to connect with those around her. One day, her mother brought home a Maine Coon kitten for Iris, even though cats aren’t typically thought of as therapy pets. Thula, named after one of Iris’s favorite African lullabies and meaning “peace” in Zulu, immediately bonded with Iris. Thula knew right away how to assuage Iris when she became overstimulated; when to intervene when Iris became overwhelmed; and how to provide distraction when Iris started heading toward a meltdown. Whether exploring, playing, sleeping, or taking a bath with Iris or accompanying the family on a bike ride, Thula became so much more than a therapy cat. With Thula’s safe companionship, Iris began to talk and interact with her family. This heartwarming story is illustrated with sixty of Iris’s gorgeous impressionistic paintings, works of art that have allowed her to express herself since the age of three. A gifted artist, Iris sees the natural world in a profoundly vivid and visceral way. With Thula by her side, she’ll sit and paint for hours, and the results are stunning. Inspiring and touching, Iris Grace follows the struggles and triumphs of a family—and a miracle cat—as they learn to connect with an amazing child.

Bright Precious Thing Book

Bright Precious Thing


  • Author : Gail Caldwell
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2020-07-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525510062

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Bright Precious Thing Book Description :

From the New York Times bestselling author of Let’s Take the Long Way Home comes a moving memoir about how the women’s movement revolutionized and saved her life, from the 1960s to the #MeToo era. In a voice as candid as it is evocative, Gail Caldwell traces a path from her west Texas girlhood through her emergence as a young daredevil, then as a feminist—a journey that reflected seismic shifts in the culture itself. Caldwell’s travels took her to California and Mexico and dark country roads, and the dangers she encountered were rivaled only by the personal demons she faced. Bright Precious Thing is the captivating story of a woman’s odyssey, her search for adventure giving way to something more profound: the evolution of a writer and a woman, a struggle to embrace one’s life as a precious thing. Told against a contrasting backdrop of the present day, including the author’s friendship with a young neighborhood girl, Bright Precious Thing unfolds with the same heart and narrative grace of Caldwell’s Let’s Take the Long Way Home, called “a lovely gift to readers” by The Washington Post. Bright Precious Thing is a book about finding, then protecting, what we cherish most.

Precious and the Monkeys Book

Precious and the Monkeys


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Polygon
  • Release Date : 2014-09-08
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 72
  • ISBN 10 : 1846973201

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The Double Comfort Safari Club Book
Score: 3.5
From 37 Ratings

The Double Comfort Safari Club


  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2010-03-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780748111107

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The Double Comfort Safari Club Book Description :

THE ELEVENTH BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES The one with the difficult aunt . . . The no. 1 lady detectives of Botswana travel to a safari lodge in the Okavango Delta to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest. It is a beautiful place full of dangerous, untamed creatures - some of them human. As Mma Ramotswe investigates, it becomes clearer that there is another mystery right under her nose that needs solving: Mma Makutsi is troubled by her fiance Phuti Radiphuti's reluctance to set a date for their wedding. In such matters at least Mma Ramotswe is on familiar terrain.

Still Life Book

Still Life


  • Author : Val McDermid
  • Publisher : Grove Atlantic
  • Release Date : 2020-10-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802157461

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Still Life Book Description :

A Scottish police inspector deals with forgeries and false identities in a new murder mystery in the “superior series” (The New York Times). When a lobster fisherman discovers a dead body in Scotland’s Firth of Forth, DCI Karen Pirie is called into investigate. She quickly discovers that the case will require untangling a complicated web—involving a long-ago disappearance, art forgery, and secret identities—that seems to surround a painter who can mimic anyone from Holbein to Hockney. Meanwhile, a traffic accident leads to the discovery of a skeleton in a suburban garage. Karen has a full plate, and it only gets more stressful as the man responsible for the death of the love of her life is scheduled for release from prison, reopening old wounds just as she was getting back on her feet. From a Diamond Dagger Award winner and multiple Edgar Award finalist, Still Life is a tightly plotted mystery featuring an investigator “whose unwavering confidence is tempered by a strong dose of kindness and sense of justice” (Booklist). “There are few other crime writers in the same league.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post