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Blue shoes and happiness

Blue shoes and happiness

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-

The seventh instalment of Alexander McCall Smith's series brings more adventures for Precious Ramotswe and her fine assistant Mma Makutsi, including an encounter with a cobra, a sinister blackmail plot, a rather tight-fitting pair of blue shoes, as well as plenty more bush tea and Botswana skies

Paperback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Abacus, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Alexander McCall Smith
ISBN: 0349117721, 9780349117720
Note: Originally published: Edinburgh: Polygon, 2006.
Physical Description: 242 p. ; 20 cm.
Series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series
Subject: Ramotswe, Precious (Fictitious character) Fiction.; No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Imaginary organization) Fiction.; Women private investigators Botswana Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 6.3
Interest Level: UY
Points: 11
Quiz Number: 221127

Author note

Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.


Nothing spoils [McCall Smith's] vision of Botswana as a place where decent people triumph over mischief-makers
Telegraph||Nothing will dim the charm of McCall Smith's series, with its portraits of goodness, its sorrow over greed and its profound love of Africa. They are among the greatest comfort-reads of all time, written in plain, elegant prose
Sunday Times||[BLUE SHOES AND HAPPINESS has] the quiet sophistication of the previous novels and its simplicity is deceptive . . . these novels take us through the looking glass into an Africa we rarely hear about, but their main purpose is to hold a mirror to our own society

Back cover copy

The one with the witch who flew away

Mma Ramotswe is happily married to Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, but her work seems more hectic than ever. Among a raft of cases coming the way of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency are blackmail, witchcraft, strange goings-on at a health clinic, and theft at a government catering college. There seems no end to the disputes which call for the wisdom of a traditionally built detective. It's enough to make her wonder what the secret of happiness is, and whether she is right to find it in small things such as a pair of blue shoes, a slice of cake, or a red sunset over the Kalahari.

'Charm and warmth' Scottish Daily Express
'Brilliant' Herald

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