The House of Unexpected Sisters

The House of Unexpected Sisters

Book - 2017
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Precious Ramotswe has always idolised her father, the late Obed Ramotswe. She feels that she knows all about his life, but does she? Sometimes our parents surprise us, and we discover that things were not quite what we thought them to be. And the same goes for Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe's feisty assistant, who also makes certain discoveries about her own past that cause some surprise. The placid world of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is further disturbed by the arrival in Gaborone of somebody whom Mma Ramotswe, and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, for that matter, definitely do not want to see. Of course calm eventually prevails, as it always does in the timeless world of these remarkable ladies.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2017.
ISBN: 9780345811943
Characteristics: 227 pages.


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Dec 02, 2017

Loved it. I love this series and am so happy that Alexander McCall Smith continues to write them. See my detailed take at:

Nov 28, 2017

For those of us who enjoy cozy mysteries, a strong sense of place, and mulling over why peoples' reactions to what happens to them are so very different, this is a great addition to the Ladies Number 1 Detective series. The theme seems to be "Look before you leap", since most of the problems stem from making assumptions without the full picture having been revealed. Mma Ramotswe adds to her family and finds resolution for an old wound as well as solving several problems. Each book in this series is a lesson in how to prevent the friction that makes many peoples' lives unhappy.

Nov 27, 2017

Another saccharine bon-bon from Alexander McCall Smith on the contemporary topics of wrongful dismissal, sexual orientation, philandering, and office management ... with the usual lengthy digressions on the beauty of Botswana, cattle-raising, and respect for late parents.


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Dec 05, 2017

"Deeply satisfying and joyful, McCall Smith's series can be read as delicious entertainment. Or as wise lessons in humility, tolerance, and forgiveness. Or -- and this is the course I recommend -- as both." - The Seattle Times

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