Blue Shoes and Happiness

Blue Shoes and Happiness

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
9
1
Now that she is finally and happily married to her long-term suitor Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of Botswana might have expected life to grow more sedate. But the many problems that lead customers to Mma Ramotswe's door seem, if anything, to have multiplied, and no sooner has she settled her traditionally built person into the married state than she finds herself looking into several troublesome matters at once. There is, to begin with, a disturbing case of blackmail and theft from the Government catering college. Then, while on an errand for her husband to the Mokolodi Game Reserve Mma Ramotswe is seconded to investigate an unpleasant atmosphere that may be down to witchcraft, or something worse. There are sinister goings-on at a health clinic to be looked into, not to mention any number of small wrongs to be righted along the path to detective triumph. And all the time Mma Ramotswe has weighty questions of a philosophical nature to consider, such as whether it is right to find happiness in small things, such as a new pair of blue shoes, a slice of cake, or a red sunset over the Kalahari.
Publisher: London :, Abacus,, 2012.
ISBN: 9780349117720
0349117721
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 20 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
s
sgcf
Feb 28, 2018

This installment in the series is another openhearted reminder of the slower, kinder Botswana culture …a kind of sanctuary from the crazy-paced Western culture. Characteristic of McCall Smith’s blueprint, the simple “mysteries” are a vehicle for the character studies which reveal their life philosophies and human values. An agreeable read.

cmlibrary_jrobinson Jul 06, 2016

Mma Ramotswe is a detective, wife, and mother in Botswana. In this 7th installment of the series, she is juggling many cases and issues including blackmail and possible medical fraud. Humor and believable characters make this an engaging book.

j
jvanderg
Sep 25, 2012

Each book in this series is as delicious as Mma Potokwane's fruit cake. Feel good books.

g
goofy
Mar 18, 2012

This book was alright. I was a little bored at times, but Smith does an excellent job in bringing life to story with his descriptions.

v
vwruleschick
Nov 04, 2011

As the series goes, Mma Ratowse and Makutsi are always up to their detective and office work with the help of their friends. Blackmail, witches' curse, doctor's fraud and other challenges are presented, with interesting ways they figure out what needs to be done and left alone. Easy read.

e
ECC
Jul 29, 2011

I found that there was something a little different about this one from the previous ones in the series. Still a great read full of witty comments and interesting cases.

j
jbeckber
Aug 15, 2008

A light and fun read. Liked the concentration on Mma Ramotswe's assistant.

a
annekim9
Jun 27, 2006

What a total delight. Blue Shoes is one of those books you cannot wait to read, you eagerly read every wonderful word, and alas, it's over much too soon. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this totally delicious series about Precious Ramotswe, the traditionally built lady detective from Botswana!

g
GingerKaren
May 23, 2006

This seventh addition to the series has the usual fare of combined cases that Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are trying to solve along with small personal issues that arise in their lives. Will Mma Mukutsi upset the apple cart regarding her fiancÔøΩ and return to a life of loneliness? Will Mma Ramotswe''s traditional build be her undoing? And how will Mr. Polopetsi fit in with the ladies of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency when he takes matters into his own hands? These and all other questions will be answered in due course with the usual aplomb and large dollops of humor to be added into an excellent recipe that never fails to please.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
j
jvanderg
Sep 25, 2012

jvanderg thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at YPRL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top