Review: The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe, by Alexander McCall Smith

Take another trip to Gaborone, Botswana for a visit with Mma Precious Ramotswe and her newly appointed “co-director,” Grace Makutsi of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. This is the sixteenth in the series and the author has managed to maintain the quality of character, plot and writing for each installment. Long running series can make the reader feel as if the books are being cranked out only for profit after a while, but that is not the case here. This time, Mma Makutsi decides to venture into the small business world with a cafe and encounters a few bumps along the way. Meanwhile, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, husband of Mma Ramotswe is experiencing a business decline at the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors which could result in the layoff of his long time apprentice, Charlie. Read this one to find out how the friends navigate these changes in life and also manage to discover the identity of a woman who may or may not be an amnesia victim.

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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