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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #12)

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At a remote cattle post south of Gaborne two cows have been killed, and Precious Ramotswe, Botswan's No.1 Lady Detective, is asked to investigate by a rather frightened and furtive gentleman. It is an intriguing problem with plenty of suspects---including, surprisingly, her own client.

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Precious Ramotswe dreams that she is driving her dear, departed white van—and then she learns that the van is out there, just waiting for her to find it. Meanwhile, an apprentice has gotten a girl pregnant, cattle are being poisoned, and Violet Sephotho is running for Parliament. A no-brainer for mystery fans; with a 12-city tour.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781445857718
  • Publisher: Wheeler Pub.;
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012

Meet the Author

Alexander McCall Smith
Law professor Alexander McCall Smith had already written more than 50 books before inventing the heroine for his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series: Precious Ramotswe, the only female P.I. in Botswana. The books are as unconventional as their good-humored heroine, who relies on common sense -- and a few tidbits gleaned from Agatha Christie -- to solve her cases.

Biography

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) and went to school in Bulawayo, near the Botswana border. Although he moved to Scotland to attend college and eventually settled in Edinburgh, he always felt drawn to southern Africa and taught law for a while at the University of Botswana. He has written a book on the criminal law of Botswana, and among his successful children's books is a collection of African folk tales, Children of Wax.

Eventually, Smith had an urge to write a novel about a woman who would embody the qualities he admired in the people of Botswana, and the result, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, was a surprise hit, receiving two special Booker citations and a place on the Times Literary Supplement's International Books of the Year and the Millennium list. "The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision," Anthony Daniels wrote in the Sunday Telegraph. "His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswanan landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time."

Despite the book's success in the U.K., American publishers were slow to take an interest, and by the time The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency was picked up by Pantheon Books, Smith had already written two sequels. The books went from underground hits to national phenomena in the United States, spawning fan clubs and inspiring celebratory reviews. Smith is also the author of a detective series featuring the insatiably curious philosopher Isabel Dalhousie and the 44 Scotland Street novels, which present a witty portrait of Edinburgh society

In an interview on the publisher's web site, Smith says he thinks the country of Botswana "particularly chimes with many of the values which Americans feel very strongly about -- respect for the rule of law and for individual freedom. I hope that readers will also see in these portrayals of Botswana some of the great traditional virtues in Africa -- in particular, courtesy and a striking natural dignity."

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As a professor at Edinburgh Law School, Smith specializes in criminal law and medical law, and has written about the legal and ethical aspects of euthanasia, medical research, and medical practice.

When he isn't writing books or teaching, Smith finds time to play the bassoon in the candidly named amateur ensemble he co-founded, The Really Terrible Orchestra.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Why??

    Yes, I wish customers would stop giving books one star and then writing a review about why they dislike the Nook. These reviews are meant to assist other interested consumers in making a purchase regarding the novel in question...not the Nook. Highly irritating. I haven't yet read this book but I also am looking forward to it...McCall-Smith always delivers.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Why?

    Why give the book a bad review when your problem is with Barnes and Noble? This is affecting the author, not the bookstore.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

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    Alexander McCall Smith provides a terrific tale

    In Botswana, Mma Precious Ramotswe grieves having to sell her van to a scrap dealer in an act of euthanasia as the vehicle has been her traveling companion for years. However, life still goes on at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Nervous Mr. Moeti refuses to enter the office so Mma Ramotswe agrees to meet him at a nearby café. Though obviously frightened and ready to flee, he hires her to look into the death of two cattle in the small village of Gaborone.

    Meanwhile Mma Ramotswe keeps seeing her van on the road as does her assistant Mma Grace Makutsi, who also is getting married soon to Mr. Phuti Radiphuti. Violet Sephotho announces she is running for Parliament while Mma Ramotswe tells her husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni learns an apprentice mechanic at his Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors Charlie apparently sired baby twins.

    As always with this wonderful series (see The Double Comfort Safari Club), Alexander McCall Smith provides a terrific entry in which the kindhearted Prudence works on resolving personal issues as well as her client's case. The story line gives readers a profound look at the Botswana culture through the heroine and the supporting ensemble cast. Consistently the best anti-hardboiled detective stories, fans will enjoy the wisdom of Mma Ramotswe as the owner of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    A very satisfying and entertaining book!

    It is amazing to me that after 12 books in the series Alexander McCall Smith can still keep the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency fresh and interesting, and he does!

    In Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party the big event is, of course, the long awaited wedding of Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti. There is so much to plan and Mma Makutsi is suffering from wedding jitters. Could the upheaval be the reason why both Mma Makutsi and Mma Ramotswe seem to be hallucinating all the sudden? Because surely they aren't really seeing the ghost of the little white van? Add in the usual shenanigans from Charlie, the apprentice mechanic who has definitely stepped too far over the line this time and a client whose cattle are being horrifically wounded in the middle of the night and Mma Ramotswe will need to keep her wits about her!

    Alexander McCall Smith delivers all the charm, humor, and generosity you would expect in Saturday Big Tent Wedding. Mma Ramotswe is her usual wise self dispensing wisdom that seems personally relevant even though it comes from the edge of the Kalahari Desert. It was nice to see that the characters continue to grow and develop. Many of her cases in this book offer more ambiguity than usual and Mma Ramotswe must be content with solutions that are less than the truth. Charlie, the apprentice mechanic, makes more of an appearance in this book. I enjoyed getting to know a side character better and I hope he continues to develop in future installments. In the end it is always a great source of comfort to spend some time with Mma Ramotswe and her family. A very satisfying and entertaining book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    Absolutely love this series.

    Can't wait to read this book. I just loved this series. Abd the poor person that wants to buy a kindle because they think this book is $9.99. Well surprise, I just checked Amazon and the ebook is $12.99. lol

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2011

    Can't wait to read!

    How wonderful to see that McCall-Smith continues to give us additions to his wonderful series featuring Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makuti! I can't wait to read this! I agree that the price issue should have been addressed to Barnes and Noble, not addressed here where it could impact a wonderful author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

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    Those apprentices are hilarious!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Selena

    *walks in and sits down*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Brine

    Rushed away

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Bethany

    Smiled ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Whos getting married and when duz it start?)

    ~Ree aka Imari

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    ☺ ☻ ★ ♩

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Kate

    I wuz not locked out yay!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Noah

    Ur locked out now go to cool again

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Love the series and love the way Precious is a natural part of y

    Love the series and love the way Precious is a natural part of your life. Great, easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Good

    Needed more problems to solve less about the white, beloved van.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Highly Recommended - check it out

    Once again Alexander McCall Smith hits it out of the ballpark. I love, love, love this series

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Great 'warm, fuzzy" read

    This latest offering from Alexander McCall Smith fulfills its promise of a visit with characters brimful of charm, eccentricity, and deviousness - in short, a visit with your neighbors, even though it is set it Botswana. While you visit you are treated to insights into African life in both the big city and rural areas.

    Dire problems are dealt with and deftly diverted from causing lasting harm. Enough twists in the plot to keep you guessing and enough to snuggle into when you want a comforting read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    great book

    alexander mccall smith does it again. He never disappoints. Yes, a great book can be written without smut and so much violence it makes one ill. When Tony Hillerman died I thought there goes the good mystery writer who proves that a good story has to have explicit sex an violence. Not so--Smith is the new fantastic excellent author.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Love these books

    I discovered this series via audio books and it become my favorite

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