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The colors of all the cattle, Alexander McCall Smith

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The colors of all the cattle
Title
The colors of all the cattle
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Alexander McCall Smith
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Colours of all the cattle
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eng
Summary
"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 humor and generosity of spirit to help the community navigate divisive issues, and proves that honesty and compassion will always carry the day"--
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Review
  • For fans of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, there can be no prospect more delightfully chilling than a face-off between Mma Precious Ramotswe, owner of the agency and solver of people’s problems, and Violet Sephotho, man-stealer, cheat, schemer par excellence, and longtime rival of Precious’ assistant, Mma Makutsi. The occasion is an election for a seat on the Gaborone City Council; at stake is preserving Botswana from big hotel developers who would transform the landscape. High comedy abounds in McCall Smith’s depiction of the two very different candidates and campaigns. Besides the campaign, Mma Ramotswe must deal with an almost-impossible-to-solve case of a hit-and-run accident that just about destroyed a local doctor she has known since childhood. New readers may find this latest in the series a bit digressive, with characters’ dialogue and thoughts sometimes seeming like filler. Still, the campaign gives the tale needed focus and bite, and McCall Smith slides in intriguing glimpses of a troubled Botswana, including the sobering fact that women who work the mines often must give up their children to the orphanage. A lesser light in a series that still shines very brightly. -- Connie Fletcher (Reviewed 10/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 4, p23)
  • Each new book in this series unwraps another layer of the lives of the minor characters. Along with solving the requisite mystery, Precious delves into local politics and comes to rely more on her family and friends for their input. A charming addition to this heartwarming series. -- Fran Hegarty, Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, Danvers, MA. (LibraryReads, November 2018)
  • /* Starred Review */ Mwa Ramotswe considers entering politics in Smith’s excellent 19th No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel (after 2017’s The House of Unexpected Sisters). She’s not at all sure she’s qualified, but her friend Mwa Potokwame, who heads the local orphan farm, persuades her it’s her duty to run for a seat on the Gaborone City Council, especially since her opponent is Violet Sephotho. The mercenary Violet, the nemesis of Grace Makutsi, Mwa Ramotswe’s prickly partner in the detective agency, is sure to support the controversial proposal for the construction of a splashy hotel next to a cemetery. Meanwhile, agency assistant Charlie takes the lead in investigating a hit-and-run case in the town of Mochudi. A serious romance between Charlie and a young woman he’s dating shows his growing maturity. Amusingly revealing of Mwa Ramotswe’s character are the relentlessly honest answers she gives to a reporter who interviews her before the election. Smith continues to bring joy to his readers through his insights into the human heart. Seven-city author tour. Agent: Robin Straus, Robin Straus Agency. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/24/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 39, p)
  • Soon after winning election to the city council, Mma Ramotswe resigns in frustration but must work with Mma Potokwane to counter runner-up Violet Sephotho's plans to push through the building of the grandiose Big Fun Hotel—right next to a graveyard. Nineteenth in the blockbuster series. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 06/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 11, p53)
  • Precious Ramotswe runs for public office. It's not as if there's not already enough happening at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to claim Mma Ramotswe's full attention. Dr. Marang, an old family friend from her native village of Mochudi, wants her help in identifying the hit-and-run driver who severely injured him and left him with a raft of medical bills to pay. Charlie, her half-time junior detective, gets his first chance to work as a solo operative when he travels to Mochudi in hopes of identifying the car that struck Dr. Marang. At the same time, Charlie, who spends the other half of his not very full professional life working as an apprentice under the benevolent eye of Mma Ramotswe's husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, is courting Queenie-Queenie, whose position as Senior Sales Consultant at This-Way Fashion House has kept him from noticing how impossibly wealthy her family is. And Mma Grace Makutsi, joint managing director of the Agency, has her first quarrel with her husband, Phuti Radiphuti, who owns the Double Comfort Furniture Store. But none of those complications cost Mma Ramotswe more sleepless nights than the promise that her old friend Mma Sylvia Potokwani, the matron at the orphan farm, has extracted from her to oppose her old nemesis Violet Sephotho in the election for the Gaborone city council, a race that will likely pivot on the plans to build the Big Fun Hotel, which promises to live up to its name, on a parcel of land adjoining the local cemetery. Readers familiar with this venerable series (The House of Unexpected Sisters, 2017, etc.) 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, October 1, 2018)
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10738573
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1948-
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McCall Smith, Alexander
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Series volume
19
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  • Ramotswe, Precious
  • Women private investigators
  • Married women
  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Imaginary organization)
  • Women city council members
  • Local elections
  • Botswana
Target audience
general
Label
The colors of all the cattle, Alexander McCall Smith
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9781524747800
Lccn
2018032018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1057725445
Label
The colors of all the cattle, Alexander McCall Smith
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9781524747800
Lccn
2018032018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1057725445

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