The Miracle at Speedy Motors – Alexander McCall Smith

106021-457x720In the ninth instalment of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Mma Ramotswe is asked to find the biological family of an adopted woman. Distracted by a threatening anonymous letter-writer and Mr J. L. B. Matekoni’s pursuit of an expensive miracle treatment for their foster daughter, Mma Ramostwe is left considering the nature and importance of truth, and if it can sometimes be better not to know it.

I adore the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, but the books are very samey so it’s taken me a very long time to get as far as book #9. They are all very well written, with a delightful style and loveable characters, and The Miracle at Speedy Motors is no exception. Being set in Botswana, the values and messages within each book are interesting and – usually – aspirational. I couldn’t recommend this series more (but start with book #1 because the character building throughout is very important, even if the plot progression isn’t).

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