Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Miracle at Speedy Motors (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #9), by Alexander McCall Smith (author), Lisette Lecat (narrator)

Recorded Books, January 2008

This is a reread of an older entry in the series.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency has already moved into the spare office at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors Grace Makutsi is engaged to Phuti Radiphuti, but their families are still negotiating Grace's dowry.

The orphans Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni adopted, are still adjusting to their new lives. The main focus in this story is the girl, Motholeli, is confined to a wheelchair, though she doesn't let it confine her much. But Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has met a doctor who thinks he can help her, despite what previous doctors have said, and he's determined to pursue the chance despite Mma Ramotswe's doubts.

The latest case to come to the detective agency is a woman who was adopted as a very young child, and whose adoptive parents have died. She wants Mma Ramotswe to find any family she might have left. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti go looking at beds, and what follows is a silly episode, very Grace and very Phuti, that is in the end very sweet.

There are of course other minor cases, including the case of the threatening letters sent to Mma Ramotswe, and a property owner with an unwanted tenant.

This is an enjoyable re-visit, and I discovered in the process a delightful twist at the end that I almost can't believe I forgot. I'm delighted that I decided to do a re-read, or rather, a re-listen. Recommended!

I bought this audiobook.

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