Book Challenge Update–67

I have finished the 67th book for the book challenge. It was The Full Cupboard Of Life: A No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Novel by Alexander McCall Smith.

full cupboard of lifeOnce again, Mma Ramotswe is busy in both her personal life and her professional life. In her personal life, she is concerned that she is still an engaged lady and not yet a married lady. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has not stated when he proposes to get married. Mma Ramotswe doesn’t want to push him or cause him any stress. She is afraid that he may become depressed again, but she would really like to stop being an engaged lady and become a married lady.

Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is having his own problems. Mma Potokwame from the orphan farm has volunteered him to perform a parachute jump from an airplane to raise funds for the orphan farm. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni does not want to do this parachute jump. He is not feeling very brave. He has never been in an airplane and doesn’t want to start now. But Mma Makutsi has an idea. She convinces the apprentice Charlie that the girls will be impressed if he does something brave like the parachute jump and gets his picture in the newspaper. So Charlie volunteers to perform the parachute jump in place of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. Charlie’s jump goes well, except that he lands in a thorn tree and has to have a thorn removed from a delicate area.

Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni also sees the butcher’s car and finds that the mechanics who have been servicing the butcher’s car have been cheating him. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni takes care of the butcher’s car but also confronts the mechanic who serviced his car and tells him to stop cheating people. This mechanic is very rude. But Mma Potokwame comes to the recuse. She shames this mechanic by saying she will tell his mother and he says he will stop cheating people.

Mma Ramotswe takes a case from Mma Holongo. She has four suitors and doesn’t know if they truly love her or if they are just after her money. One is a teacher and also runs a home for bad girls. Mma Ramotswe investigates him, and while he is a good man, he definitely wants Mma Holongo’s money to build an annex onto the building for bad girls. Another man, a radio personality, only wants Mma Holongo’s money, Mma Ramotswe is sure of this. Mma Ramotswe tells Mma Holongo about both these men, but Mma Holongo tells Mma Ramotswe that she has decided to marry the teacher because she believes in his work with the bad girls and knows that he wants her money for the annex, but she wants to help the bad girls too.

Mma Makutsi is moving, after the death of her brother. She has been able to save quite a bit of money from the success she has had with the Kalahari Typing School for Men and is now able to afford two rooms in a house. This apartment comes with running water in her apartment. She does not have to share a tap with others. She is very happy.

As for being an engaged lady, Mma Potokwame wants to help Mma Ramotswe in that department. She wants to help her plan her wedding and then help her get Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni to show up so they will be married before he even knows it. Mma Ramotswe is not so sure this is the way to go. Should she listen to Mma Potokame? What should Mma Ramotswe do to become a married lady?

I love this series. McCall Smith has a wonderful love of Botswana and of Africa and it certainly comes through in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Novels. You become old friends with the characters and caught up with their day-to-day problems and their lives. These are truly “comfortable” books.

About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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2 Responses to Book Challenge Update–67

  1. The Hook says:

    This was a full cupboard of cool!

  2. marco says:

    Non mi capita mai di fare commenti sui blog che leggo, ma in questo caso faccio un’eccezione, perch il blog merita davvero e voglio scriverlo a chiare lettere.

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