Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith has given life to countless memorable characters, but none so widely beloved as Precious Ramotswe. This intrepid private investigator has won hearts the world over with her cleverness, compassion, and incorruptible moral compass. Through the years Precious has solved cases ranging from domestic violence to mistaken identity with her characteristic pragmatism and determination.
In The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, out in paperback this week, Precious must contend with her greatest challenge yet—a vacation! As usual, things don’t quite go according to plan, and soon she gets caught up in the plight of a young troublemaker in need. All the while, Mma Ramotswe can’t help but worry about her agency, which she has left in the hands of her assistant, Mma Makutsi. Her concern only intensifies when she learns of the complicated new case being handled in her absence.
This sixteenth installment of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series is filled with all of the humor and warmth that we have come to expect from Alexander McCall Smith, not to mention plenty of advice about life and love from the sensible Mma Ramotswe. As one of the characters observes, “she put things so well, so succinctly, so profoundly, and appeared to do this with such little effort.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so in honor of the book’s paperback release, we’ve gathered some useful pieces of wisdom from our favorite lady investigator. Enjoy!
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