The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party gets a Starred Welcome

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“[McCall Smith] again makes the sublime look easy…. [He] has few peers in capturing the quiet moments of people’s lives, and his empathetic lead has one of the biggest hearts in modern literature. Even newcomers will quickly be drawn into Mma Ramotswe’s unconventional approach to investigations and rapidly feel that they are with old friends.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Deception, mystery, and wedding bells, oh my! The wait is over. Precious Ramotswe is back, with the possible return of an old beloved “friend” in The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party!

An incensed local farmer, Botsalo Moeti, has commissioned the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency to solve the mystery of his slain cows, and while he insists that he has no enemies, the fact remains that someone is clearly not very happy with him—or his cows! Meanwhile Charlie, an apprentice to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, is rumored to be the father of twins. A serious accusation considering that he and the twin’s mother are not wed. The community is up in arms about this ‘indiscretion,’ and faced with the possibility of an arranged marriage, Charlie decides to flee from the village.

By contrast, love is in the air, as Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are about to get married, but not everything will be smooth sailing, making the big day all the more unforgettable! Add to the mix what can only be described as apparitions of her “late” defunct van, and what you’ve got is Alexander McCall Smith’s incomparable storytelling. Exuding with the kind of inexhaustible wit, charm, and tenderness that has enchanted millions of fans for over a decade, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party satiates any and all reading palates, especially the mystery/detective lover.

“This is Mr. McCall Smith at his benevolent best, preaching the most gentle of philosophies and obviously recalling with affection his own memories of Botswana and his years there.”—The Washington Times

“. . . the solution to the problem of those dead cattle is wonderfully inconclusive, and you’ll never get through the wedding with dry eyes.”  —Kirkus Review

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