The Colors of All the Cattle: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (19)

Category: Book
By (author): Mccall Smith, Alexander
Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  FICTION / Urban
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: May 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.00in x 5.10in x 0.68in
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From The Publisher*Precious Ramotswe dips her toe into the world of politics in the newest addition to the beloved and bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to promise anything beyond what she can deliver--hence her slogan: "I can't promise anything--but I shall do my best." To everyone's surprise, she wins.
     As it turns out, politics does not agree with Mma Ramotswe. Though everyone is supportive, she eventually resigns. She thinks there will be a new election, but she discovers that the rules state that in such an event, the runner-up automatically takes the seat. Violet is triumphant, and sure that she will get the Big Fun Hotel planning application through without a hitch. But Mma Makutsi and Mma Potokwane are not about to make it easy for her.
     Through it all, Mma Ramotswe uses her good humour and generosity of spirit to help the community navigate divisive issues, and proves that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.

"There is a vibrant sense of place in this mystery. The characters are charming and their troubles believable. . . . Precious uses her unique talents and common sense to solve problems. And she looks on life with humor, compassion and joy." -The Concord Insider

"McCall Smith continues to bring joy to his readers through his insights into the human heart." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Readers familiar with this venerable series will know that the race will be run in McCall Smith's own patented tempo. But it bears all the quiet weight they'd expect before reaching a particularly appropriate ending." -Kirkus Reviews

"If you are familiar with this series you will be glad for another comfortable, warm-hearted return to Botswana and its compassionate lady detective." -The Broomfield Enterprise (Colorado)

Praise for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series:

"In Mma Ramotswe, McCall Smith has minted one of the most memorable heroines in any modern fiction." -Newsweek 

"McCall Smith continues to work at an astonishing pace, creating tales that delight and beguile as they transport readers to a faraway land and lives filled with all the joys and sorrows that make us human. He does this without fuss, noise or complaint and is clearly doing exactly what he was meant to do. The skill lies in making all his accomplishments seem so effortless." -The National (Scotland)

"There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." -The New York Times Book Review
"It is the way McCall Smith captures the rhythms of speech which makes him a master of his craft. The dialogue transports the reader to the book's hot, dry setting, and the gentle exchanges of mundane facts carry a weight of love and tenderness. . . . Immersing yourself in Precious Ramotswe's life seems to slow your heart rate while sharpening your senses." -The Scotsman
"Alexander McCall Smith has the knack of examining pertinent human issues and dilemmas from a slower, more introspective view point." -Starts at 60

"An oasis. . . . Full of wit, nuance, and caring." -Chicago Sun-Times
"McCall Smith explores diverse matters of the heart. . . . Vibrantly appealing. . . . A respite from the rush and worries of daily life." -Richmond Times-Dispatch 
"Entrancing. . . . A tapestry of extraordinary nuance and richness." -The Wall Street Journal
"Smart and sassy . . . [with] the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once." -Los Angeles Times
"Enthralling. . . . Mma Ramotswe is someone readers can't help but love." -USA Today
"The best, most charming, honest, hilarious, and life-affirming books to appear in years." -The Plain Dealer
Biographical NoteALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the 44 Scotland Street series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.