The Miracle at Speedy Motors – Alexander McCall Smith

We are back in the company of Mma Ramotswe and her husband Mr J L B Matekoni. Mma Ramotswe is still the No 1 Ladies detective and receiving spiteful letters as well as a puzzling case when someone comes in and ask her to find her some family. This takes Mma Ramotswe to the orphanage where the fruit cake is so delicious that it somehow makes Mr J L B Matekoni do anything that Mma Potokwani, orphan matron asks.

Including adopting two children some years previous. Mr J L B Matekoni now he believes that someone can help and perhaps a miracle will happen and takes  Motholei  on a journey going ahead with the plan, which Mma Ramotswe has doubts about more so when money becomes involved and precious items have to be sold.

The help that Mma Potokwani gives leads Mma Ramotswe to another dilemma and is not sure perhaps if the truth is always the right answer when other people’s feelings are concerned.

My favourite character Mma Makutsi and her fiancé Mr Phuti Radiphuti are no nearer setting a date, but make a commitment to buy a new bed. But the look and feel of the item means Mma Makutsi gets carried away and when what is much wanted in Botswana, rain arrives it suddenly breaks her heart. Can she tell the truth and find the words to say what has happened or should it be left to Mma Ramotswe.

McCall Smith takes us right back to the wonderful colours, sounds, traditions and history of Botswana and brings back alive these well known and now well loved characters. This is not a true detective story with a body count and blood everywhere it is much more tranquil than that. It is stories about people, morals and truth but not necessarily in that order.

This is the ninth book in the series, and I am enjoying reading them all in order. I started these books after watching the BBC TV adaptation. That programme just added to my imagination when reading about Botswana and all these wonderful characters. Mma Makutsi is my favourite, as I mention in my review. Her characterisation in the programme was captured perfectly for me and now lives on in the rest of the books as I read them. I doubt in these ‘cutback’ times that any more episodes will ever be made.

Anika Noni Rose as Mma Makutsi

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