Jennifer Reese
April 11, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Miracle at Speedy Motors

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alexander McCall Smith
publisher
Pantheon
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B+

The ninth installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, The Miracle at Speedy Motors, featuring ”traditionally built” Botswana sleuth Mma Precious Ramotswe is as quietly enjoyable as the first. Mma Ramotswe tries to help a lonely woman track down her family, frets about the rattling engine of her beloved tiny white van, and, over many a cup of bush tea, attempts to figure out who has been sending her hate mail. As usual, not a whole lot happens, but the pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas. B+

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