A Song of Comfortable Chairs: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (23) (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #23) (Hardcover)
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In this latest installment in the beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Grace Makutsi encounters a pair of quandaries that will require all of her and Mma Ramotswe’s cleverness and generosity to resolve
Grace Makutsi’s husband, Phuti, is in a bind. An international firm is attempting to undercut his prices in the office furniture market. Phuti has always been concerned with quality and comfort, but this new firm seems interested only in profits. To make matters worse, they have a slick new advertising campaign that seems hard to beat. Nonetheless with Mma Ramotswe’s help, Phtui comes up with a campaign that may just do the trick.
Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is approached by an old friend who has a troubled son. Grace and Phuti agree to lend a hand, but the boy proves difficult to reach, and the situation is more than they can handle on their own. It will require not only all of their patience and dedication, but also the help of Mma Ramotswe and the formidable Mma Potokwani in order to help the child.
Faced with more than her fair share of domestic problems, Mma Makutsi deals with it all with her usual grace. That, along with the kindness, generosity, and good sense that the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is known for, assure us that in the end, all these matters will be set right.
About the Author
ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels and of a number of other series and stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been best sellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.
Praise for A Song of Comfortable Chairs and The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series
“What a treat to discover . . . Brims with good humor and compassion.” —Entertainment Weekly
"Enthralling . . . [Mma Ramotswe] is someone readers can’t help but love.” —USA Today
“There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these . . . books.” —Janet Malcolm, The New York Review of Books
“Precious Ramotswe’s adventures . . . do not so much offer an escape from life’s woes as a suggestion for how to make the whole deal more palatable.” —The Boston Globe
“The books, like their author, have charm. You cannot overstate the power of this—it’s the missing ingredient in contemporary fiction.” —The Guardian
“Entrancing . . . A tapestry of extraordinary nuance and richness.” —The Wall Street Journal
"McCall Smith choreographs an ingenious 'trickster tricked' plot here, centered on a swarm of cutthroat business people and one surly teenager. . . . Readers [will] delightedly immerse themselves in descriptions of the Botswana landscape; in Precious and Grace’s conversations over mugs of red bush tea; and in the doings of the rest of the cast of comic characters. Another delight from the prolific McCall Smith."