Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

Ahhh…. the 19th book in the Ladies #1 Detective Agency series was released on Tuesday so I promptly finished Dawn Patrol  (Don Winslow) and downloaded the new one on early the 12th  and began listening to Lisette Lecat, the regular narrator,  reading away.    I read these for the characters,  not the very light-weigth crime plots although those are nice.  These books are the cozies of cozies for me and I’ve been following the series since 1998,  the first book.   (Note – they absolutely MUST be read in order.)


Precious and Grace
by Alexander McCall Smith
2016 / 240 pages
read by Lisette Lecat – 9h 49m
rating:  A+ / very cozy crime
(19th in Ladies #1 Detective Agency series)

The main character is Precious Ramatswe,  a lady of  “traditional proportions,” who opened a detective agency in Gaborone, capital of Botswana.  In the early books chickens run through her little office and her old white van  often broke down, but she has always had a very loving and common-sensical approach to life – except in one backstory.   Throughout the series she solves little crimes while drinking bush tea and driving her old white van.   I loved these books so much I took to drinking the Rooibos tea – heh.

At some point early on Precious hired an assistant,  Grace Makutsi,  the star of the Botswana Secretarial School.  Grace had a rough background and is determined to make something of herself.  She’s is not particularly great looking but she has top-notch secretarial skills and she knows it.  Very proud lady.   These two have been the protagonists ever since but there are many other important and recurring characters.   I read the books in large part to find out what will happen in their lives.

In the series as a whole there’s an underlying theme of resistance to change and trying to uphold the traditional Botswanan values of honesty and tolerance using a cheerful attitude and common sense.  But in the individual books many topics are touched and explored.

In Precious and Grace a young woman named Susan arrives from Canada seeking her old home place and her old nurse.  Meanwhile an unscrupulous businessman sells a pyramid scheme to a part-time volunteer in the agency.

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3 Responses to Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

  1. melisdvash says:

    I haven’t seen this one yet, I’m looking forward to it. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I do so love these characters. Thanks for the reminder to get back at this series!

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