The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith, Narrated by LIsette Lecat
Series: #14 in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2013
Length: 9 hours, 55 minutes
Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
From the publisher:
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.
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.
Clearly since I just listened to the fifteenth book in this series it’s obvious I enjoy it. These characters have become old friends.
While they are sometimes classified as mysteries this series is much more light general fiction than mystery. Yes they’re detectives but that’s only a small part of these books.
They are about relationships, friendships, and a love story about the country of Botswana. Precious Ramotswe is the kind of woman I’d like to meet for tea and an afternoon of chatting. She loves her husband, she’s fiercely protective of her friends and she’s immensely proud of her home country of Botswana.
This time around the detective work is about identifying a woman who may have amnesia. At the same time Grace Makutsi is branching out from her work at the detective agency and opening a restaurant. Predictably things don’t go smoothly. When one of the apprentices is let go from the garage he is soon exploring new and unexpected career opportunities.
Mostly it continues to be a light and enjoyable series that is perfect for my driving around and commute time listening. Lisette Lecat does a wonderful job with the characters and saves me the trouble of trying to figure out pronunciation of unfamiliar words.
Rating 3.5/5 for the book
Rating 4.5/5 for the narration