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The Kalahari typing school for men

The Kalahari typing school for men

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-

In the fourth book in the 'No 1 Ladies Detective Agency' series Precious Ramotswe faces a new challenge: competition. 'Ex-CID, Ex-New York and Ex-cellent', Cephas Buthelezi certainly talks the talk, but how would he deal with her current case - a man who has been attacked by ostrich rustlers?

Paperback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Abacus, 2004
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Statement of responsibility: Alexander McCall Smith
ISBN: 0349117047, 9780349117041
Note: Originally published: Edinburgh: Polygon, 2002.
Physical Description: 210 p. ; 20 cm.
Series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series
Subject: Ramotswe, Precious (Fictitious character) Fiction.; Women private investigators Botswana Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5.3
Interest Level: UY
Points: 9
Quiz Number: 221121

Author note

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH has a double existence. He is a Professor of Medical Law, but also an author who has now written over fifty books on a wide range of subjects. His collection of African stories,CHILDREN OF WAX, received critical acclaim and has been the subject of an award-winning film.


Mma Ramotswe's methods - and her results - are as unusual as the novels they inhabit ... All this activity is much less about whodunnit than why
NEW YORK TIMES||McCall Smith is a careful, emblematic writer who is beyond gifted, he is a natural storyteller. McCall Smith has once again charmed the sarongs off us
THE LIST||The hypnotic ease of McCall Smith's style makes everything clear almost instantly... Throughout the Botswana landscape is richly evoked. Happiness and quiet wisdom prevail.
DAILY TELEGRAPH||Mma Ramotswe is a glorious creation, a character likely to prove every bit as enduring as Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot.

Back cover copy

The one with the rival detective

Mma Ramotswe faces the unexpected and unwelcome appearance of a new private detective in town, the arrogant Mr Cephas Buthelezi. To ensure she does not lose clients to him, she takes on several cases at once including those of an errant husband and of a man targeted by ostrich rustlers. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi has decided to set up a typing school to teach men some useful skills - but Mma Ramotswe fears her secretary is falling under the spell of a man who does not have her best interests at heart . . .

'Delightful' Evening Standard
'Happiness and quiet wisdom' Daily Telegraph

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