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Product Details

  • Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307472981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307472984
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is Mr. McCall Smith at his benevolent best.”—The Washington Times

“A visit with a cast of characters who seem like old and cherished friends.” —St. Petersburg Times

“Charming and hilarious. . . . McCall Smith’s world is . . . a sweet and timeless bubble with its own morality, language, and customs. Entering it can be a source of great comfort.” —The Seattle Times
 
“Mma Ramotswe’s fictional adventures and the lives of her fellow characters weave together like the intricate patterns of baskets. . . . Readers will come home from The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party well fed, well danced, and well hoping that Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi will be back.” —Sacramento Book Review

“[McCall Smith] again makes the sublime look easy. . . . [He] has few peers in capturing the quiet moments of people’s lives, and his empathetic lead has one of the biggest hearts in modern literature.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Endearing, amusing . . . sparkles with African sunshine and wit.” —The Dallas Morning News
 
“Irresistible.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“Utterly charming and compulsively readable.” —Newsweek
 
“The pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas.” —Entertainment Weekly
 
“A potent mix of charm and whimsy.” —The Christian Science Monitor
 
“There is no murder, no international complications, no thrill a minute. Instead, the pace is slow, the geography appreciated in a quiet way, the small details celebrated—that is the pleasure of this series. All we need is a cup of red bush tea to complete the picture.” —San Jose Mercury News
 
“Satisfying—and surprising. . . . Will please fans and win converts.”—The Free Lance-Star
 

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Visit his website at www.alexandermccallsmith.com.


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Alexander McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He is now Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He has written more than fifty books, including a number of specialist titles, but is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has achieved bestseller status on four continents. In 2004 he was awarded British Book Awards Author of the Year and Booksellers Association Author of the Year. He lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra).

Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend it and have enjoyed it over and over.
Bonnie Berry
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party is the twelfth book in Alexander McCall Smith's No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.
Cloggie Downunder
His whole series I love, and I have read every book. come on the next one in the series, i am waiting.....
Lisa Calder

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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful By C. Richard VINE VOICE on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have really enjoyed this series - now up to number 12 I think with this installment. It is unique in many ways and teaches many lessons about life.

When I first heard about the series, it was on book 6. It worked out well, because I had so many books to read without having to wait. Now, I am all caught up, so the year between books seems like a very long time. It is like having to wait before getting to see an old friend again - well, the old friend in this case has come back for a visit!

Besides the more obvious things like the great characters in the series - after a while they seem like you actually know them as you would real people - what I really liked about the series is the detail about Botswana and life there. And so much of it is positive, unlike so much of what you hear about Africa these days. The books also teach many lessons useful to people everywhere, but from a Botswana/African perspective that can really shine a light where it needs to shine sometimes.

The first book was especially good in portraying the Botswana background and viewpoint - I assume accuracy here as the author lived there a long time. The author seemed to move away from this as the series progressed; a disappointment for me, even though the books were still interesting. The good news is that I think the author is headed back in the right direction here with the last few books.

As an aside, the TV series is great too; last time I looked into the matter, it does not look like the series with continue into a second season, but there is talk of a movie which is better than nothing. Most of the characters in the TV series were about as I had pictured them from the book - the main exception being Mma Makutsi.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Here are some of the things that make us smile: the sight of a beautiful baby, a glorious spring day, a sincere compliment, and a new installment, "The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party," in Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful series featuring Precious Ramotswe. The "traditionally built" Mma Ramotswe is happily married to Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, and along with her associate, the bespectacled and highly efficient Grace Makutsi, contentedly operates the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Gaborone. Little has changed, except that the date of Grace's wedding to Mr. Phuti Radiphuti is drawing near. The bride has a great deal to do to get ready for this momentous event.

Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has never quite gotten over the loss of her beloved little white van. Although she is now driving a new blue van, she cannot help but remember that her original vehicle was a treasured companion with its own unique personality. One day, she is shocked to see someone else driving her little white van. Surely she is imagining things, since no less a mechanic than her husband had declared that to restore the white van would require a "miracle-worker." Another matter preoccupying Mma Ramotswe is a case involving the destruction of cattle belonging to her new client, Mr. Botsalo Moeti. In Botswana, where cattle are greatly valued, this is a serious crime. Who could hate Mr. Moeti enough to commit such a foul deed? In addition, Charlie, the ne'er-do-well perpetual apprentice who works for Mr. Matekoni, has always had a way with the ladies. However, is he man enough to live up to his personal responsibilities? Grace and Precious are determined to make him do so.
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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Kopald on March 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While we are treated to many of the author's gentle and insightful observations on humanity and morality throughout this latest entry in the series, those are really all that can recommend it. There are no new characters and no character development of our beloved regulars. There is only one official detective case, and the "resolution" of the case is unsatisfying. I fear that AMS is spreading himself too thin amongst his various literary endeavors.

It is a bad sign and discouraging to a reader when an author forgets previous details in a series. In this novel, he has Mr. Matekoni express doubt that women can or would want to be mechanics. And yet his own daughter showed herself very much interested and promising in this area when she was first introduced to us. AMS has never followed up on this. The children do not even make an appearance in this novel.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SP VINE VOICE on April 2, 2011
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Seriously, it just doesn't get any better than this. I was so glad to be back with old friends in this latest release. Seems like it's been forever since I've seen them. I love this series and each book offers so much in a nice relaxed read. This one is no different. It is hard to put down and you want to read the next chapter just to see what everyone is up to and what will be next in each character's life. I love these books and this one is just as good as any of the other books in this series. I highly recommend this book...it's like a big bowl of creamy homemade macaroni and cheese.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Van on April 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
You know, I agree this is not a work of literary genius, I agree it will never win the Pulitzer or be recognised as a world-changing book, I agree that there is not much of a story in this current edition. However, I also agree that this series is one of the sweetest and most heart-warming I have read. I am forever touched by the display of patriotism/love for Botswana, and the real human values in this book (idealistic though they may sometimes be). It really is a quick wonderful read, and I hope to see many more on the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.
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