The miracle at Speedy Motors / Alexander McCall Smith.

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      Summary: In the ninth mystery of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe visits a game preserve to uncover the truth about an elderly American traveler whose safari proves to be his last journey.
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      MCCALL SMITH, A. The miracle at Speedy Motors. [s. l.]: Pantheon Books, 2008. ISBN 9780375424489. Disponível em: Acesso em: 10 ago. 2020.
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      McCall Smith A. The Miracle at Speedy Motors. Pantheon Books; 2008. Accessed August 10, 2020.
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      McCall Smith, A. (2008). The miracle at Speedy Motors. Pantheon Books.
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      McCall Smith, Alexander. 2008. The Miracle at Speedy Motors. Pantheon Books.
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      McCall Smith, A. (2008) The miracle at Speedy Motors. Pantheon Books. Available at: (Accessed: 10 August 2020).
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      McCall Smith, A 2008, The miracle at Speedy Motors, Pantheon Books, viewed 10 August 2020, .
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      McCall Smith, Alexander. The Miracle at Speedy Motors. Pantheon Books, 2008. EBSCOhost,
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      McCall Smith, Alexander. The Miracle at Speedy Motors. Pantheon Books, 2008.
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      McCall Smith A. The miracle at Speedy Motors [Internet]. Pantheon Books; 2008 [cited 2020 Aug 10]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2008 March #1

*Starred Review* The ninth installment in McCall Smith's beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series finds Botswanan Precious Ramotswe musing upon more mysteries of life. There's the woman desperately searching for her family, with not a clue where to start. She claims that her late mother is not her birth mother, but Mma Ramotswe isn't so sure. Associate detective Grace Makutsi (whom readers will remember for her large spectacles and stellar 97 percent score on the Botswana Secretarial College exam) is restless over damage to a new bed purchased by her fiancé, Phuti Radiphuti. (She and the well-mannered Mr. Radiphuti had been unable to resist that heart-shaped velvet headboard.) Mma Ramotswe also receives some threatening letters, which seem to have come from a most unlikely source. Finally, Mma Ramotswe's husband, talented car mechanic and model citizen Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, meets a doctor who just may have a cure for adopted daughter Motholeli's spinal condition. (Other experts have told the young girl she'd be wheelchair-bound for life.) While hope springs eternal, Mma Ramotswe doesn't share the unabashed optimism of her spouse. Scotsman McCall Smith, who also pens the Isabel Dalhousie, 44 Scotland Street, and Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, conveys his deep admiration for Botswana (where he once lived and helped establish a school of law at the university) on every page of this warm, wise, whimsical novel. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2007 December #1

Precious Ramotswe continues to give aid and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in the ninth in this popular series. Smith lives in Scotland. Nine-city author tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

LJ Reviews 2008 April #1

The title of this ninth novel in the popular "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series is somewhat misleading. As usual, not all that much happens in the lives of lady detective Precious Ramotswe, her assistant Grace Makutsi, or her husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, but with these gentle tales, it is all in the telling. Will Mma Ramotswe have to sell some of her prize cattle to cover unexpected expenses? Reading each new installment set in Botswana is like spending time with old friends. While these novels are becoming more predictable and sentimental, they still brim with warmth, charm, and wonderfully sly humor not found in McCall Smith's other series set in Scotland (The Sunday Philosophy Club ). These stories are not for everyone, but the many addicted could probably read a new one every year until Mma Ramotswe's cows come home. For all popular fiction collections.—Leslie Patterson, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI

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PW Reviews 2008 February #4

Precious Ramotswe, "Botswana's foremost solver of problems," is used to handling mostly straightforward domestic cases, which makes a series of anonymous letters threatening her and her prickly assistant, Grace Makutsi, all the more disturbing in Smith's triumphant ninth No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel (after The Good Husband of Zebra Drive ). The search for whoever penned the letters coincides with a new commission: Manka Sebina, whose birth parents gave her up as a child, hires the agency to track down any living relatives. Both problems afford Mma Ramotswe ample opportunity to display her winning blend of insight into others' motivations and an endearingly nave belief in the best in human nature. Significant, if incremental, developments in the lives of the community Smith has lovingly created over the course of the series will intrigue old fans. Immediately accessible to newcomers, this entry will prompt them to seek out the earlier books. (Apr.)

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