Mma Makutsi, back from maternity leave and now promoted to business partner in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency has decided to branch out and buy a restaurant; the eponymous “Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe”. Meanwhile, Mr JLB Matekoni has a dilemma about Charlie and Mma Ramotswe must help an Indian lady who does not know her own name. Business as usual for the No.1 Ladies and their various friends and relations.
I absolutely love Alexander McCall Smith’s novels, and the Precious Ramotswe series is my favourite. It is so hard to explain what happens in them because in actuality, nothing much really does, and that is their charm. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi don’t really do anything different from anyone else’s everyday life, but because of that they (or Mr McCall Smith) know so much about how people behave that they are able to solve any problem just by being kind to people and talking to them. I like how Charlie is now playing a bigger part in the novels as he has always been such a fun character and it is great to see him developed.
Once again, nothing out of the ordinary happens in this instalment but I enjoyed it just as much as all the others. If only everyone behaved like Mma Ramotswe, the world would be such a lovely place.