The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

The Good Husband of Zebra DriveTHE NOLADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY Book Fans Around The World Adore The Best Selling NoLadies Detective Agency Series And Its Proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana S Premier Lady Detective In This Charming Series, Mma Ramotswe With Help From Her Loyal Associate, Grace Makutsi Navigates Her Cases And Her Personal Life With Wisdom, Good Humor, And The Occasional Cup Of Tea There Is Rarely A Dull Moment In The Life Of Precious Ramotswe, And On Zebra Drive And Tlokweng Road Many Changes Are Afoot Mr JLB Matekoni Wants Be Put In Charge Of A Case Involving An Errant Husband, And Mma Makutsi Is Considering Leaving The Agency, Taking Her Near Perfect Score On The Botswana Secretarial College Typing Exam With Her Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe Has Been Asked To Investigate A Series Of Unexpected Deaths At The Hospital In Mochudi Along The Way, She Encounters Other Tricky Mysteries, And Once Again Displays Her Undying Love For Botswana, A Country Of Which She Is Justly Proud

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  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
  • Alexander McCall Smith
  • English
  • 04 May 2018
  • 9781400075720

10 thoughts on “The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

  1. says:

    In this 8th book in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the firm has three cases to solve The book can be read as a standalone but familiarity with the characters is a bonus The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency in Gabarone, Botswana owned by Mma Precious Ramotswe, shares premises with Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors owned by her husband Mr JLB Matekoni Thus Mr Matekoni is on hand when the detective agency is unmanned and a client walks in The client, Mma Faith Botumile, says her husband is being unfaithful and she wants to know who the other woman is Mr Matekoni reports the matter to his wife, and wanting to expand his horizons, asks if he can do the investigation Mma Ramotswe agrees and Mr Matekoni proceeds to surveil Rra Botumile Things don t go quite as planned, however, and the new detective makes some unexpected discoveries Meanwhile Mma Ramotswe is dealing with a much serious matter Her distant cousin Tati Monyena, a hospital administrator, asks her to investigate the deaths of three patients Mr Monyena explains that, on three consecutive Fridays, a patient in the end bed of the ward died at eleven o clock in the morning Foul play can t be ruled out, and Mma Ramotswe proceeds to visit the hospital, interview the personnel, and so on In the end, Mma Ramotswe s keen observations help her discover the truth.The third case is handled by Mma Grace Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe s secretary assistant detective The client is a small woman called Teenie Magama, who owns a printing business Teenie reports that, although she treats her employees well, one of them is stealing supplies paper, ink, and the like Mma Makutsi goes undercover as a customer to look into the matter As always in this series, personal relationships are as important as the mysteries.and changes appear to be on the horizon Mma Makutsi, who was poor all her life, is now engaged to successful businessman Phuti Rhadiphuti This means Mma Makutsi no longer needs to work, and after a small altercation with her boss, she thinks about quitting Mma Makutsi s talking shoes weigh in here, and they always give wise advice Things are happening at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors as well Twenty year old Charlie, Mr JLB Matekoni s less than stellar apprentice, decides to leave and start a taxi business Charlie purchases an old Mercedes Benz from his boss, with an agreement to pay it off over time Charlie gets his business off the ground but his skirt chasing habits soon cause big trouble.Popular recurring characters also make an appearance, including Mr Polopetsi, a part time detective who helps Mma Ramotswe with the hospital case Mma Potokwane the orphan farm director, who makes excellent fruit cake Motholeli and Puso Mma Ramotswe s foster children and Violet Sephoto Mma Makutsi s glamorous nemesis from secretarial school.Throughout the book Mma Ramotswe demonstrates her usual empathy for all people, including wrongdoers The world would probably be a better place if everyone had Mma Ramotswe s wise compassion.I enjoyed the story, but it lacks the humor usually present in these books Still, this is a good cozy mystery, recommended to fans of the series.You can follow my reviews at

  2. says:

    After quite a few years of living it, I ve come to the conclusion that life is made of two things time and attention What I love about the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is the way the author, Alexander McCall Smith, handles both.In The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, as in all the books in the series, the pace is lazy and relaxed If I ever visit that part of Africa, I expect that I ll recognize the way the sun feels there, the way the dust settles on the roads after a car goes by The umbrella like trees and the dignified, enduring cattle will seem familiar Mma Ramotswe, the central character, notices these things, and I ve spent many happy hours gazing at Africa through her eyes.In this book, Mma ponders the mysteries of life and concludes that it is made of big things and small things The big things, good and bad, are writ large, impossible to ignore So it s essential to notice and find joy in the small things small acts of helping others, if one could small ways of making one s own life better acts of love, acts of tea, acts of laughter I recommend this book as a small vacation from life s big concerns It goes well with an evening of leisure and a nice, hot cup of red bush tea.

  3. says:

    Ok, we re up to the 8th installment of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, it s pretty review proof and or just not a whole lot to say other than it s another perfectly pleasant literary trip to visit some perfectly pleasant friends well, Mma Makutsi tends to get a bit crabby at times This time around I almost was creating a No 1 Ladies drinking game Mention of Mma Makutsi s 97% score at Secretarial School Drink Reference to Mma Ramotswe s how to book Clovis Anderson s The Principles of Private Detection Drink A woman being described as traditionally built Drink And to send us over the edge any mention of tea drinking and make it a double if it s bush tea Drink Drink Drink Readers know exactly what they re getting when they open one of these books, so it is hard to find any quibbles or, on the flip side, muster up any extra excitement I d still say this was an above average installment with a lot of the regulars getting their own little subplots 3.5 stars, but with the usual guilty pleasure literary palate cleanser round down to 3 stars.

  4. says:

    Third read If you ve liked a book in this series, you d most likely enjoy the entire series They are perfect when you want a gentle read that isn t too light, a laugh or two or three especially if you re listening to the audiobook , some culture, and wonderful, interesting characters Imo this series gets better as it goes and the audiobook narration by Lisette Lecat can t be beat Second Read One of the best things about 2017, for me, has been rereading this series by Alexander McCall Smith If you find yourself needing a book that will give you something to chew on but is mostly about human interaction, community, civility, kindness and humor, with a good dose of culture, then there is a very long series here that will fill the bill 17 volumes so far, and a new one coming out next month There were a few surprises in this volume I didn t expect, I love the characters the I read about them, and this is a very rare series in that it gets better as it goes The first volume is like a book of interconnected short stories and is by far the weakest It gets better and better, I promise Lisette Lecat narrates each audiobook and her performance can t be outdone She changes voices convincingly and thoughtfully, and her voice paired with this series is a match made in heaven Do yourself a favor and give this series a try I ve already read most of them twice and I m getting ready to buy the entire series I know that I will read them again and again I can t say this about very many books First Read 4.5 stars Best of the series so far Really enjoyed this one.

  5. says:

    This book stands out for me because of the shake up caused by one of the main characters in the series but it seems like things were righted appropriately and put neatly back in to place.The case about the hospital was quite good they already told this case on the BBC HBO show, but they changed some of the details I liked that it had much depth in the books and as a complete aside I wish Mma Ramotswe s confidence, civility, and enduring optimism could be bottled up and doled out to the masses.

  6. says:

    This was a surprise eighth installment to a series that was supposed to end with seven While I am a big fan of the series, I found this particular book to be disappointing for a number of reasons, most of them related to the plot As is his usual set up, McCall Smith starts a series of mini mysteries to be solved by the ever resourceful Mma Ramotswe and or her colorful assistant, Mma Makutsi In this book, several characters get their own mystery to solve, some with success than others Some of the plot lines break down, only to be gathered up hastily with weak explanations There is also a lack of continuity between some of the story lines While the subplots have some definite leaks, the author s painting of the characters continues to be what makes these books so good The reader learns a bit about Mr JLB Matekoni, although the mystery behind his depression remains as such Mma Makutsi continues to have enjoyable dialogues with her shoes as she prepares for the next phase in her life The children, Motholeli and Puso, make only brief appearances, as does Phuti Radiphuti There are still a few open loops in the tale of Mma Ramotswe and cohorts, so the author might not be finished with the series Should there be a next installment, however, I hope that McCall Smith finds a fresh supply of creative plot lines.

  7. says:

    My favorite of this series by far The lives of Mma Ramotswe and husband Mr JLB Matekoni, proprietors of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Tlokweng Motors, respectively, are disrupted by employees Mma Makutsi seems to push the boundaries with each installment, while careless Charlie remains true to form Mechanic Matekoni tries to be a detective but decides it s not for him.

  8. says:

    The tone of this book changed a little with resignations, new endeavours and people evaluating their position in life I enjoyed the change, it makes the books real to me People don t follow the same path happily all the time They question, they deviate I really love this series and am glad there are 8 books left to go, I ll miss Mma Ramotswe and her words of wisdom.

  9. says:

    I always begin a new book in this series thinking here we go again but I am quickly seduced by the gentle lilting stories and genuinely like all of the characters Of course there are moments of conflict but we could all learn something from the way the characters deal with it.

  10. says:

    After reading some serious stuff, it s always a relief and a joy to pick up the next for me Alexander McCall Smith and just ENJOY reading again How does he do it How does he keep it up This one NOT his latest I had missed it is better than some others The story is complex 3 investigations going on at once and the beloved characters do some unusual things particularly Mma Makutsi and Charlie The simple and beautiful writing could be maudlin, but then he puts in a quick and sharp turn It almost makes me want to go see Botswana.

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