The House of Unexpected Sisters

The House of Unexpected Sisters

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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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JessicaGma Jan 16, 2018

I adore this series and this volume does not disappoint. An excellent read

Jan 03, 2018

McCall Smith's admirers (or more importantly, Mma Ramotswe's followers) will be delighted by the newest addition to the long-running Ladies' Detective Agency series - warm and human, full of surprising additions to the history and backstory, and giving us new glimpses into a country where we all might like to live.

Dec 29, 2017

"Family comes in different ways, she thought: sometimes they are given to you. but sometimes you find them yourself, unexpectedly, as you go through life. This is perhaps not all that well known, but it is still true."

In many ways, the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series takes place in a sanitized Botswana where the characters have changing circumstances but basically remain the same: Mma Ramotswe following where inquiries lead her; Mma Makutsi prickly and opinionated; J.L.B. Katekoni stalwart; and Charlie the rather feckless apprentice.

This latest book takes Ramotswe on an inquiry above a woman wrongfully fired from a furniture store, which leads to related circumstances of an office furniture store that may have consequences for Makutsi, the discovery of another woman with the Ramotswe name, and information that Ramotswe's ex-husband Note was seen around the area.

The facts that end up resolving each of these plotlines disprove many of the assumptions made about each case.

bookloverjane Dec 26, 2017

This charming series never disappoints.

Dec 20, 2017

Precious Remotswe remains my favorite character and it’s not just because I’m traditional built. It’s her quiet common sense. If I ever need an escape, I turn to the No.#1 Detective Agency. This is the 18th book in the series and they just keep getting better and better.

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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