The Colors of All the Cattle In this latest installment of the beloved and best selling No Ladies Detective Agency series Precious Ramotswe finds herself running for office much to her dismay When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma

  • Title: The Colors of All the Cattle
  • Author: Alexander McCall Smith
  • ISBN: 1524747807
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this latest installment of the beloved and best selling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe finds herself running for office much to her dismay.When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the Gaborone City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first reluctant But when she learns that developers plan to build the flashy Big Fun Hot In this latest installment of the beloved and best selling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe finds herself running for office much to her dismay.When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the Gaborone City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first reluctant But when she learns that developers plan to build the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded Her opponent is none other than Mma Makutsi s old nemesis, 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 guarantee anything beyond what she can deliver hence her slogan I can t promise anything but I shall do my best Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has acquired a new client one of her late father s old friends, who was the victim of a hit and run accident Charlie volunteers to be the lead investigator in the case to prove he s ready to be than an apprentice, as well as to impress a new girlfriend With Charlie s inquiries landing him in hot water and Election Day fast approaching, Mma Ramotswe will have to call upon her good humor and gen erosity of spirit to help the community navigate these thorny issues, and to prove that honesty and compassion will always carry the day Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 240 pages Published November 6th 2018 by Pantheon Books More Details ISBN 1524747807 ISBN13 9781524747800 Edition Language English Series No 1 Ladies Detective Agency 19 Other Editions 17 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Colors of All the Cattle, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Best books of November, 2018 23 books 19 voters Rainbow Book Covers 283 books 64 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 13, 2018 Phrynne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5000 books, series up to date What better way to spend a few hours on a rainy day than with Mma Ramotswe and her delightful friends There s lots happening in this nineteenth outing including Mma Ramotswe standing for a local election Can she possibly win when she claims to be standing for nothing Is honesty always the best policy Charlie also has to deal with the subject of being honest and manages to land himself in all kinds of difficulties Mma Makutsi gets herself into some trouble too, has her first row with her hus What better way to spend a few hours on a rainy day than with Mma Ramotswe and her delightful friends There s lots happening in this nineteenth outing including Mma Ramotswe standing for a local election Can she possibly win when she claims to be standing for nothing Is honesty always the best policy Charlie also has to deal with the subject of being honest and manages to land himself in all kinds of difficulties Mma Makutsi gets herself into some trouble too, has her first row with her husband and finds herself having to think about her nemesis Violet Sepotho again And the talking shoes reappear All of this happens in the author s beautifully described Botswana The sense of place he creates is perfect Botswana is just like that The cattle, the sun, the dust, Rooibos tea who cares if it is raining in Australia I am in the sunshine in Africa flag 54 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 23, 2018 Marianne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves wishlist, borrowed copy returned There were some people cut out for politics, but she was sure she was not one of them She believed in reconciliation and compromise politicians seemed to believe only in the routing of their opponents That was not the way she saw the world It was not the way her father, the late Obed Ramotswe, had seen it either It was not the way, she was sure, that the ancestors had viewed things It was not the Botswana way The Colours of All The Cattle is the nineteenth book in the popular No 1 Ladie There were some people cut out for politics, but she was sure she was not one of them She believed in reconciliation and compromise politicians seemed to believe only in the routing of their opponents That was not the way she saw the world It was not the way her father, the late Obed Ramotswe, had seen it either It was not the way, she was sure, that the ancestors had viewed things It was not the Botswana way The Colours of All The Cattle is the nineteenth book in the popular No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by British author, Alexander McCall Smith Life is good in Mma Precious Ramotswe s Botswana, although there are always some concerns plans for a dubious hotel proposal next to the cemetery are a worry the hit and run case in Mochudi, on which the police have given up, is offering no clues and the vacancy on the city s council may be filled by Grace Makutsi s least favourite person if no one stands against her It seems that the consensus of opinion of those around her is that the only person in Gabarone who could win against the notorious Violet Sepotho is Mma Ramotswe, and her bossy friend Sylvia Potokwani effectively bullies Precious into standing Her later attempt to withdraw is sabotaged by her sense of duty to the people of Botswana The self appointed campaign committee has some wonderfully amusing meetings Precious campaigns on a platform of honesty, making no rash promises, but vowing to do her best, and she is genuinely overwhelmed, and somewhat dismayed, by the response from voters In this instalment Charlie, detective in training and part time mechanic, uses a frowned upon by Mma Ramotswe method to obtain information, which gets him into trouble than he had ever imagined possible seeking information about a corrupt developer, Mma Makutsi naively undertakes a covert operation, but with less success that she had hoped Charlie has a girlfriend, and this time things look serious, but Queenie Queenie has not been entirely honest with him Mma Makutsi s shoes murmur advice and Mma Ramotswe again demonstrates her unfailing kindness and generosity.As always, McCall Smith gives the reader a novel that has humour and wisdom, insightful observations and heartfelt emotion Delightfully entertaining flag 23 likesLike see review Nov 19, 2018 L.A Starks rated it really liked it Like all in this series, The Colors of All The Cattle goes down like a warm cup of bush tea Surely Smith s No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series has improved and increased travel to Botswana.Readers will continue to enjoy the wise, kind ruminations of Precious Ramotswe and the interactions of the other characters Similar to Hemingway, Alexander McCall Smith is able to coax a moving, interesting story about a very different culture from a quiet economy of words and actions Different from Heming Like all in this series, The Colors of All The Cattle goes down like a warm cup of bush tea Surely Smith s No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series has improved and increased travel to Botswana.Readers will continue to enjoy the wise, kind ruminations of Precious Ramotswe and the interactions of the other characters Similar to Hemingway, Alexander McCall Smith is able to coax a moving, interesting story about a very different culture from a quiet economy of words and actions Different from Hemingway, we also get quite a bit of some characters interior thoughts.While the book is not a world changing, it is a welcome diversion readers will enjoy flag 20 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Jean rated it really liked it Shelves audio book, fiction, mystery This is the 19th book in the Number One Ladies Detective Agency Series I always enjoy reading about the latest adventures of Mma Precious Ramotswe Smith portrays a kinder, gentler world than the one I live in Smith is the master of a subtle wit and humor Mma Ramotswe muses over a gentle philosophy about the world and Botswana Smith s feelings about Botswana come through in the story.In this story Mma Ramotswe is running against Mma Violet Sepotho for city council The case being worked on This is the 19th book in the Number One Ladies Detective Agency Series I always enjoy reading about the latest adventures of Mma Precious Ramotswe Smith portrays a kinder, gentler world than the one I live in Smith is the master of a subtle wit and humor Mma Ramotswe muses over a gentle philosophy about the world and Botswana Smith s feelings about Botswana come through in the story.In this story Mma Ramotswe is running against Mma Violet Sepotho for city council The case being worked on is a hunt for a hit and run driver And Mma Makutsi, had a disagreement with her husband Each book features about one of the characters in this book it is Charlie I am a big fan of Alexander McCall Smith I am aware that readers either love or hate his style of writing.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is nine hours and thirty six minutes Lisette Lecat does an excellent job narrating this series Lecat is from South Africa and does the accents and rhythm of speech perfectly flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 16, 2018 Susan Johnson rated it it was amazing When your soul needs uplifting you can not go wrong with a dose of Mma Ramotswe in Botswana I love this series and the traditionally sized ladies detective whose simple decency and kindness shines throughout the book Her absolute belief in people and her love of her county just fill my heart In this newest installment, Mma Ramotswe is talked into running for city council to stop the development of a hotel She is reluctant and has a refreshing campaign of simply promising to do her best The When your soul needs uplifting you can not go wrong with a dose of Mma Ramotswe in Botswana I love this series and the traditionally sized ladies detective whose simple decency and kindness shines throughout the book Her absolute belief in people and her love of her county just fill my heart In this newest installment, Mma Ramotswe is talked into running for city council to stop the development of a hotel She is reluctant and has a refreshing campaign of simply promising to do her best The way she keeps her promise is so refreshing and makes you long for people like her in public office I recommend this book, this series, this character for all the people who need a dose of happiness in their life flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 08, 2018 Carolyn rated it really liked it This is the 19th book in the series and I have read each one with pleasure The writing is infused with wit and wisdom and a gentle philosophy which deals with the strengths and frailties of human nature and ways in which goodness, kindness, and honesty can prevail Reading these books is like an enjoyable, relaxing visit with old friends in Alexander McCall Smith s beloved Botswana If one believes from the title that this is a mystery story involving high crimes and frantic action, these stor This is the 19th book in the series and I have read each one with pleasure The writing is infused with wit and wisdom and a gentle philosophy which deals with the strengths and frailties of human nature and ways in which goodness, kindness, and honesty can prevail Reading these books is like an enjoyable, relaxing visit with old friends in Alexander McCall Smith s beloved Botswana If one believes from the title that this is a mystery story involving high crimes and frantic action, these stories may not be for you The actual crimes leading to legal action are few and far between Instead, the detective agency is focused on solving clients troubling personal issues Precious Ramotswe has been requested to find the hit and run driver who seriously injured an elderly, highly respected doctor The case was never resolved by the police She is also being coerced into running for City Council by her friend, Mma Potokwane, director of the orphanage She is also pressured by her once secretary, Grace Makutsi Grace has promoted herself to detective and is now referring to herself as joint managing director of the detective agency She has a prickly, annoying personality and a tendency to insult people Mma Ramotswe treats Grace as she treats everyone with patience and compassion Precious is very uncomfortable going into politics but reluctantly consents She has learned that there are plans to build a flashy Big Fun Hotel next to the cemetery Also, her opponent will be the devious, evil Violet Sephotho who supports the proposed hotel through bribery Violet is making many promises to the public while Precious states in her campaign that she can promise nothing but will do her best if elected Charlie, part time, mostly incompetent apprentice mechanic and now a part time assistant detective in training, has been charged with finding the car driver who injured the popular doctor He now has a girlfriend but has discovered her family is prominent and very wealthy He feels he is too poor and not accomplished enough to continue the relationship He gets some words of advice from Precious The story ends with everything resolved for the better through honesty and kindness, except Charlie s love life has been left in limbo flag 9 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Deanna added it For all the reasons I said previously that regretfully, I m over this seriesnow I really am over this series I didn t finish this one The authorial voice has gradually changed I re listened to the whole series this year to confirm this , and has become grating rather than charming to my ear Then, this story itself never captured me Moreover, as I listen to this series in audio at least as much for the marvelous narrator as for the stories, this time my actual ear couldn t continue It s For all the reasons I said previously that regretfully, I m over this seriesnow I really am over this series I didn t finish this one The authorial voice has gradually changed I re listened to the whole series this year to confirm this , and has become grating rather than charming to my ear Then, this story itself never captured me Moreover, as I listen to this series in audio at least as much for the marvelous narrator as for the stories, this time my actual ear couldn t continue It s the same lovely reader, but this time the mouth sounds were so awful, really awful, I finally gave up on account of that primarily Knowing nothing about audio production, I don t know if it s an equipment, editing, or narrator issue I rarely bail on account of audio quality This was quite awful Those who continue to adore this series likely will enjoy this story far than I did My reasons, aside from audio quality, for losing the joy are subtle and likely personal than general So, self, really Remember We re done here flag 6 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Oct 07, 2018 Jeannine rated it really liked it This is 19 in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series Once again a leisurely stroll in Botswana with all our favorite characters This time in addition to the usual problems to be solved for her detective agency, Mma Ramotswe enters actually is forcefully shoved by Mma Potokwane the world of Gabarone politics, very, very far out of her comfort zone At the same time, Charlie Charlie is growing up And Mma Makutsi s shoes have a few words to say once again.I continue to enjoy this seri This is 19 in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series Once again a leisurely stroll in Botswana with all our favorite characters This time in addition to the usual problems to be solved for her detective agency, Mma Ramotswe enters actually is forcefully shoved by Mma Potokwane the world of Gabarone politics, very, very far out of her comfort zone At the same time, Charlie Charlie is growing up And Mma Makutsi s shoes have a few words to say once again.I continue to enjoy this series immensely It is consistent in tone and characters, but never repetitive, always covering new ground and new aspects of Precious Ramotswe s beloved Botswana Highly recommended as a quick and very enjoyable read flag 6 likesLike see review Sep 18, 2018 Linda rated it really liked it review of another edition It s always enjoyable to spend time with Mma Ramotswe and all of her friends in Botswana Precious is coerced into running for town council, and her opponent is the evil Violet Sepotho There s an important case to be solved by the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, too a hit and run of a beloved old doctor and Charlie is looking for the culprit, with Mma Ramotswe s gentle assistance How many other authors are still writing at the top of their game by the 19th in a series Fortunately, Alexander Mc It s always enjoyable to spend time with Mma Ramotswe and all of her friends in Botswana Precious is coerced into running for town council, and her opponent is the evil Violet Sepotho There s an important case to be solved by the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, too a hit and run of a beloved old doctor and Charlie is looking for the culprit, with Mma Ramotswe s gentle assistance How many other authors are still writing at the top of their game by the 19th in a series Fortunately, Alexander McCall Smith still is flag 6 likesLike see review Aug 29, 2018 Breakaway Reviewers rated it it was amazing review of another edition There is no other lady quite like Precious Ramotswe in all of Botswana There is no other lady quite like Precious Ramotswe in all of Botswana It s with these words uttered by Rra J L B Matekoni that we begin this the nineteenth book is this remarkable series Mma Precious Ramotswe, Mma Grace Makutsi, Charlie and Rra Polopetsi are all keeping reasonably busy with on going cases at the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency That is until Mma Sylvia Potokwani decides that Mma Ramotswe should run as a c There is no other lady quite like Precious Ramotswe in all of Botswana There is no other lady quite like Precious Ramotswe in all of Botswana It s with these words uttered by Rra J L B Matekoni that we begin this the nineteenth book is this remarkable series Mma Precious Ramotswe, Mma Grace Makutsi, Charlie and Rra Polopetsi are all keeping reasonably busy with on going cases at the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency That is until Mma Sylvia Potokwani decides that Mma Ramotswe should run as a candidate for the vacancy on the Gaborone Council Mma Ramotswe is reluctant to put her name forward but her campaign team insist that she is the only person who can defeat Violet Sephotho and the Council from giving permission to build The Big Fun Hotel right next to the cemetery I always feel like I m catching up with my dearest friends when the latest book in the series pops through my letterbox I am filled with Mma Ramotswe s goodness, kindness and philosophy As I close the book on another chapter in their daily lives, another case solved, or another trip to Mochudi to visit her cattle, I am left in a state of calm I feel that if I can keep the vision of dusty roads, drinking Rooibos tea on the stoep as the sun comes up in Botswana alive inside me, then I will survive the day to day issues and complexities that crop up while I carry on with my life here in EnglandTreebeardBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Gaby Meares rated it it was amazing review of another edition I cannot pretend to be anything other than a McCall Smith tragic I love his gentle take on life, and always feel refreshed on finishing one of his many novels The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is very close to my heart, and as this is the 19th instalment, all the characters are now like close friends.The Colours of all the Cattle does not disappoint It has all the essential ingredients to make an utterly wonderful escape to Botswana.Mma Ramotswe is convinced by her friends to stand fo I cannot pretend to be anything other than a McCall Smith tragic I love his gentle take on life, and always feel refreshed on finishing one of his many novels The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is very close to my heart, and as this is the 19th instalment, all the characters are now like close friends.The Colours of all the Cattle does not disappoint It has all the essential ingredients to make an utterly wonderful escape to Botswana.Mma Ramotswe is convinced by her friends to stand for local government, which leads to much ruminating on the often bad behaviour of politicians and those in power rather pertinent in the current state of world politics.As always, however, the common thread throughout this latest novel is the important of kindness Mma Ramotswe sighed If only peopleuld remember that the people they met during the day had all the same hopes and fears that they had, then there would be so much less conflict and disagreement in this world If only people remembered that, then they would be kinder to others and kindness, Mma Ramotswe believed, was the most important thing there was Wise words indeed flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 02, 2018 Sarah rated it it was amazing Alexander McCall Smith gives us another absolute gem of a book At this point in the series, the characters are as familiar and comfortable to the reader as a beloved old sweater And yet, by having them experience personal growth and showing us new facets of their personalities, and of course providing new mysteries, McCall Smith keeps the book feeling fresh.As in prior books, the plot shifts between characters, sometimes bringing side players to the front This time, it is Charlie, the half me Alexander McCall Smith gives us another absolute gem of a book At this point in the series, the characters are as familiar and comfortable to the reader as a beloved old sweater And yet, by having them experience personal growth and showing us new facets of their personalities, and of course providing new mysteries, McCall Smith keeps the book feeling fresh.As in prior books, the plot shifts between characters, sometimes bringing side players to the front This time, it is Charlie, the half mechanic half detective who we learn about It is always interesting to get inside of the head of a character we have only seen in prior books Since the characters in the books age, McCall Smith shows us how Charlie has gone from a teenager who acts like a boy to a grown man albeit one with some maturing still to go The best thing about this series is getting to spend time with Mma Ramotswe, her family and friends, and The Colors of All Cattle did not disappoint in this respect What a delight it is to read about a group of intelligent, kind characters who are flawed like all of us, but each one trying in the end just to be their best self flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 23, 2018 BOOKLOVER10 rated it really liked it Alexander McCall Smith touches on timely topics politics, income inequality, and gender in his latest Mma Ramotswe novel, The Colors of All the Cattle Precious and her partner in private detection, Mma Makutsi, continue to assist clients and, of course, enjoy their daily tea breaks Mr J L B Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe s devoted husband and the owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, lovingly cares for his customers automobiles as if they were human beings in intensive care In addition, Mma R Alexander McCall Smith touches on timely topics politics, income inequality, and gender in his latest Mma Ramotswe novel, The Colors of All the Cattle Precious and her partner in private detection, Mma Makutsi, continue to assist clients and, of course, enjoy their daily tea breaks Mr J L B Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe s devoted husband and the owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, lovingly cares for his customers automobiles as if they were human beings in intensive care In addition, Mma Ramotswe pays frequent visits to her dear friend, Mma Potokwane, who operates her Orphan Home with love, compassion, and grit So what has changed There will be a council election in Gaborone, Botswana, and the malicious, ambitious, and greedy Violet Sephotho appears to be a shoo in Violet supports the building of the Big Fun Hotel near a cemetery, a proposed project that would garner a hefty profit for the developers, and lead to revelry next door to a graveyard Sepotho s glamour is likely to attract male voters and, in addition, she makes extravagant promises to the electorate.Mma Potokwane tries to convince Precious Ramotswe to run against Violet, a prospect that horrifies the modest and low key founder of the No One Ladies Detective Agency This plot line will resonate with readers who are put off by candidates who, like Violet, lie and exaggerate in order to obtain votes Meanwhile, Charlie, the apprentice mechanic who has worked for Mr J L B Matekoni for years, plays a larger role than usual This young man, who has become thoughtful and mature of late, has a girlfriend, Queenie Queenie, whom he truly cares for However, she comes from a wealthy family, while he is virtually penniless Charlie also lends a hand with an investigation concerning a hit and run that severely injured a kindly doctor.As always, McCall Smith entertains us with humorous dialogue an exploration of the ups and downs of relationships and a demonstration of how Mma Ramotwe s kindness, humility, and integrity inspire her to behave in a way that would have made her late father proud There is a memorable scene between Mma Makutsi and her husband, Philip Raduphuti, who argue about what women should and should not do It is unfortunate that the author rushes his conclusion, which is too contrived and tidy to be believed Still, The Colors of All the Cattle is a diverting and amusing tale in which McCall Smith demonstrates the value of toning down acrimony and rancor, and cultivating goodwill, generosity, and empathy, both in our private lives and in the public sector flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 02, 2018 P R rated it it was amazing I have read every book in this series, but I think this is my absolute favorite one It seems very appropriate for the times to have one of the story lines center on politics Mma Ramotswe is running for a seat on the council and she decides to be her self by being honest and kind The other story lines one about the apprentice Charlie and the other about a hit and run accident are equally interesting I feel like when I read these books, I am coming home to my friends I can visualize where I have read every book in this series, but I think this is my absolute favorite one It seems very appropriate for the times to have one of the story lines center on politics Mma Ramotswe is running for a seat on the council and she decides to be her self by being honest and kind The other story lines one about the apprentice Charlie and the other about a hit and run accident are equally interesting I feel like when I read these books, I am coming home to my friends I can visualize where they live, how it feels in the heat and how it tastes to drink tea with them when they have a break Thank you for letting me read this as an advance reading copy I can t wait to read in this series flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Carol Reading Ladies rated it liked it review of another edition In the most soothing of ways, this story is predictable to the other stories in the series readers grow to appreciate the beauty of Africa Botswana is almost a character in the story there s always time for a cup of tea at work or at home and the characters are likable, quirky, and warmly drawn Mma Ramotswe, founder and owner of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, is a traditionally built woman, gentle, honest, inclusive, compassionate, full of common sense, thoughtful, gracious, and wis In the most soothing of ways, this story is predictable to the other stories in the series readers grow to appreciate the beauty of Africa Botswana is almost a character in the story there s always time for a cup of tea at work or at home and the characters are likable, quirky, and warmly drawn Mma Ramotswe, founder and owner of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, is a traditionally built woman, gentle, honest, inclusive, compassionate, full of common sense, thoughtful, gracious, and wise In fact, she always chooses kindness and forgiveness as her response and never revenge Idealistically, she believes that people are good and kind and want to enjoy themselves and take care of each other She is a proponent of the old Botswana morality and the traditional ways especially the old way of greeting others and breaks for tea The focus of her work at the Ladies Detective Agency is on righting small injustices The books in this series need to be read when you re in the mood for a slow paced, character driven story with an abundance of reflection and description It could be classified as a gentle, cozy mystery and a true comfort read It seems that we always feel like we can be better people after spending time with Precious Ramotswe.Once I begin a beloved series, it s difficult for me to let it go So, I m still reading the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series nineteen years later Who s still reading this series with me Throughout the series, the same familiar and beloved characters appear in each book, so reading a story is like a visit with old friends We are able to appreciate the ways in which the characters mature and how relationships deepen In this story, Charlie emerges and we get to know him a bit better The safety that he experiences when Mma Ramotswe takes him into her home helps us infer a lot about his childhood.One of the aspects I appreciate most about the series is the glimpse into the beauty and culture of every day life in Botswana Alexander McCall Smith was born in Africa and lived and worked in Botswana for a time, and this enables him to write and make observations with an informed, nuanced, and authentic voice.Most of the stories in the series are character driven For me, the ones with a bit plot e.g 18 are the most enjoyable Even though the stories are heavily character driven, there is a mystery to be solved in each story, and in that respect the stories can be read as stand alones.Important common themes appear throughout all the stories in the series, and they include compassion, kindness, graciousness, reflection, good manners, forgiveness, and inclusiveness Readers also hear the author s voice as he provides gentle commentary on universal issues In this story, he offers thoughtful reflections on politics.I think these books can be read as stand alones but, of course, they are richer with all the context gained from earlier stories I can recommend The Colors of All The Cattle for fans of the series, for readers who might be looking for a character driven, gentle, relaxing, uplifting, clean read no violence, offensive language, sex, etc , and for those who are looking for a cultural reading experience featuring Botswana Alexander McCall Smith does what he sets out to do really well My recommendation comes with one qualification I did enjoy 18 than 19 because it was plot driven If you haven t read any of the series and want to try one, I d recommend 18 over this one If you re looking for an intense, suspense filled thriller and unputdownable page turner, this might not be the series for you.For reviews visit my blog readingladies flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Tracy rated it really liked it Not my first AMS, but my first Ladies Detective Agency What lovely ladies they are, too What nice personalities and viewpoints of the world to have, and what a shame that corruption sneaks in An interesting read for Election night as well flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Jan rated it it was amazing Anytime I get to spend the day with Mme Ramotswe and the others is a good day She and all the rest always bring a smile to my face This latest book was no exception flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Martha Bullen rated it really liked it I am thankful to Alexander McCall Smith for the annual gift he gives his readers Usually arriving in November, the latest installment in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is exactly what I need this time of year.When dark clouds, cold weather and holiday stress loom, his delightful books featuring Mma Ramotswe, her husband, Mr JLB Matekoni, and her friends and colleagues in the detective agency are heartwarming reminders of the simple pleasures of life, the central importance of family, I am thankful to Alexander McCall Smith for the annual gift he gives his readers Usually arriving in November, the latest installment in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is exactly what I need this time of year.When dark clouds, cold weather and holiday stress loom, his delightful books featuring Mma Ramotswe, her husband, Mr JLB Matekoni, and her friends and colleagues in the detective agency are heartwarming reminders of the simple pleasures of life, the central importance of family, home and long standing friendships, and the great value of kindness.The Colors of All the Cattle takes on a timely topic than usual, as Mma Ramotswe is persuaded against her will to run for local office There are humorous discussions about what her platform will be and her firm insistence that she will not promise anything she doesn t know she can achieve, unlike her opposition, the nefarious Violet Sephotho, and occasional references to the current political scene Mr Polopetsi shook his head sadly People are easily taken in by meaningless slogans, he said That s why they elect the wrong people It happens time after time While these books are labeled as mysteries, the mystery always takes a back seat to the people, their worries, cares, joys and relationships I savor the opportunity to rejoin these characters lives, revisit their beloved Botswana, and to see the world from a fresh perspective From below, drifting up on the wind, came the sound of cattle bells, that sound of the landscape of her childhood, that landscape that was always lovelier than any other because it belonged to you, as of right, your real home in the world, your place The road was quiet in the mid afternoon heat To their right, broken acacia scrub stretched out to a distant, flat horizon On fences and on telephone wires, the occasional bird perched a hornbill with its yellow beak, a hoopoe with its waistcoat of brown and tiny stripes, a grey Cape dove calling for its partner Not too far away in that direction fifty miles perhaps the real Kalahari began, that vast dry land that ran all the way to the Okavango and the western limits of the country Botswana boiled down, distilled, into a place of dryness, a place of air and light and human loneliness It was her favorite part of the day, a time when humanity was stirring but had yet to make much noise, and the air was given over to birds, to have their say before their songs were drowned out it was a time of faint wood smoke and the smell of acacia leaves unfurling, so as to be ready for the first of the sun s warmth Tea, thought Mma Ramotswe no matter what was happening, no matter how difficult things became, there was always the tea break that still moment, that unchangeable ritual, that survived everything, made normal the abnormal, renewed one s ability to cope with whatever the world laid before one Tea These books offer peace, the gentle rhythm of daily life, and the necessity of soothing cups of tea when life becomes overly busy and complicated I return to my life, after being immersed in this world, feeling refreshed, renewed and content flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Elaine rated it it was ok Shelves mystery series You know a series may have run its course when you start to find once enjoyable characters super annoying.In The Colors of All the Cattle, Precious Ramotswe is cajoled into running for city council while investigating the person responsible for a hit and run accident, injuring a long time friend of her deceased father.I am still a fan of Mma Ramotswe and the beautiful, peaceful descriptions of Botswana but where I once found Mma Makutsi quirky, I find her judgmental and condescending.I admire You know a series may have run its course when you start to find once enjoyable characters super annoying.In The Colors of All the Cattle, Precious Ramotswe is cajoled into running for city council while investigating the person responsible for a hit and run accident, injuring a long time friend of her deceased father.I am still a fan of Mma Ramotswe and the beautiful, peaceful descriptions of Botswana but where I once found Mma Makutsi quirky, I find her judgmental and condescending.I admire Mma Potokwane as matron of the Orphan Farm but she is even bossy and demanding in the 19th book.Now, we are also getting exposition on Charlie and Fanwell, Precious s husband s part time mechanic and certified mechanic, respectively, characters I never liked or cared about to begin with.The mechanics are now part of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency 19 which feels contrived and reads as so much filler.The mystery behind the hit and run is superfluous, a meh reveal as is Mma Ramotswe s run for council.I realize it s hard to sustain a series after so many books, as this applies to so many long running mystery series I ve been reading for two decades, so I think its time for the author to put this series on hiatus and return to it with fresh ideas after a break flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 11, 2018 Virginia Lincoln rated it liked it review of another edition A little off his gameI love MMA Romotswe and all her friends I love the descriptions of Botswana, the cattle, the sky, the landscape and the lives of the people who live there.And, generally, I love these novels, but this one felt forced and a little off The ending came quickly, as if the author had found something important to do and just wanted it finished I would never want these novels to end, but perhaps Mr McCall Smith needs to take a bit of a break and recharge his Botswanan rese A little off his gameI love MMA Romotswe and all her friends I love the descriptions of Botswana, the cattle, the sky, the landscape and the lives of the people who live there.And, generally, I love these novels, but this one felt forced and a little off The ending came quickly, as if the author had found something important to do and just wanted it finished I would never want these novels to end, but perhaps Mr McCall Smith needs to take a bit of a break and recharge his Botswanan reserves flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 28, 2018 Jo Dervan rated it really liked it In this story, the 19th book in the 1 Ladies Detective series, Mma Ramotswe, is talked into running for the City council by the forceful Mma Pokotwane A developer wants to build a large tourist hotel right next to a cemetery Mma Pokotwane, the matron of the orphanage and a good friend of Mma Ramotswe, is upset by the proposal So she talks a reluctant Mma Ramotswe into running for office The opponent is a local glamour girl, Violet Sephotho Violet is an old enemy of Mma Ramotswe s assistant In this story, the 19th book in the 1 Ladies Detective series, Mma Ramotswe, is talked into running for the City council by the forceful Mma Pokotwane A developer wants to build a large tourist hotel right next to a cemetery Mma Pokotwane, the matron of the orphanage and a good friend of Mma Ramotswe, is upset by the proposal So she talks a reluctant Mma Ramotswe into running for office The opponent is a local glamour girl, Violet Sephotho Violet is an old enemy of Mma Ramotswe s assistant, Mma Makutsi Violet has also made many campaign promises including a promise to vote for the new hotel Violet is running a very effective campaign with all her promises and favorable press Mma Ramotswe realizes that she cannot lie to the voters and tells an interviewer that she cannot promise them anything before the election Once again the various characters in the story us how simple people in the African country of Botswana behave and live flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 04, 2018 Laurie rated it really liked it Another lovely few hours passed in Botswana with Mma Ramotswe and her friends and family These are comforting, life affirming reads Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e galley in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it Shelves mysteries thrillers Precious Ramotswe, Botswana s 1 Ladies Detective, is respected throughout the capital city of Gaborone She s a problem solver, and very good at it So it s no surprise that friends would turn to her to run for a vacant seat on the city council The only candidate registered to run is their nemesis, a conniving and dishonest young woman who preys on men And they re all concerned about a proposal to build a new luxury hotel next door to a graveyard After all, the noise from the parties held th Precious Ramotswe, Botswana s 1 Ladies Detective, is respected throughout the capital city of Gaborone She s a problem solver, and very good at it So it s no surprise that friends would turn to her to run for a vacant seat on the city council The only candidate registered to run is their nemesis, a conniving and dishonest young woman who preys on men And they re all concerned about a proposal to build a new luxury hotel next door to a graveyard After all, the noise from the parties held there every night will disturb all their late friends and relatives Naturally, Precious is unhappy about the idea, to put it mildly Inevitably, then, the Number 1 Ladies Detective will go into politics.Meanwhile, an old man from Precious past has come to her for help He s a doctor she adored as a child He was badly injured by a hit and run driver when crossing the road And now, months later, the doctor and his attentive daughter want the 1 Ladies Detective to track down the driver Which, of course, she can t refuse to do Unfortunately, neither the doctor, his daughter, Precious, or her colleagues can figure out how to start the investigation Until the feckless young apprentice mechanic who works part time for the agency comes up with an idea.In The Colors of All the Cattle, the 19th entry in Alexander McCall Smith s charming series, the election campaign and the hunt for the hit and run driver move forward in tandem From reading the earlier books in the series, we know perfectly well that the 1 Ladies Detective will get her man But we don t know how that election campaign will turn out That s the bigger mystery And it s a big deal when the country s Number 1 Ladies Detective goes into politics We ll have a lot of fun learning what happened flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Lis Carey rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobooks, fiction, mystery Another enjoyable visit with Mma Ramotswe and her friends and family.This time, she s asked to find the driver in a hit and run that seriously injured a respected older doctor who served her native village of Mochudi for years, and returned their in retirement after some years at a respected hospital The good doctor can t identify the car beyond the fact that it was blue, and there were no witnesses The police, with nothing to work with, have given up.At the same time, there s a proposal befor Another enjoyable visit with Mma Ramotswe and her friends and family.This time, she s asked to find the driver in a hit and run that seriously injured a respected older doctor who served her native village of Mochudi for years, and returned their in retirement after some years at a respected hospital The good doctor can t identify the car beyond the fact that it was blue, and there were no witnesses The police, with nothing to work with, have given up.At the same time, there s a proposal before the Gabarone city council to approve the development of a hotel, the Big Fun Hotel, next to a cemetery There s an open seat on the council, and an election approaching and currently the only candidate is old nemesis Violet Sepotho But Mma Ramotswe s friend Mma Potokwanne has a solution Mma Ramotswe will run also, and defeat her and then defeat the plans for the Big Fun Hotel.Mma Ramotswe thinks this is a terrible idea, but it s hard to say no to Mma Potokwane, and Mma Makutsi, Mr Polopetse, and part time mechanic, part time detective in training Charlie are all ready to actively support her candidacy Indeed, Mma Makutsi is just as determined she should run as Mma Potokwane.Meanwhile, the characters continue to grow and develop Grace Makutsi and her husband, Phuti Radiphuti, weather their first marital argument Charlie has a girlfriend whom he has less desire to show off for, and desire to genuinely impress For the first time, being worthy of her is a real concern.The gentle and warm tone continues, and I found the story very satisfying Recommended.I bought this audiobook flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Kathy Riley rated it it was amazing This series is comfort reading for me so much wisdom and humor in deceptively simple writing In this book, a determined Mma Potokwane convinces Mma Ramotswe to run for local office hopefully to fend off plans for the construction of the Big Fun Hotel in a very unwelcome location The book is a riff on elections particularly on honesty in campaigning and the making of promises As always, it deals with justice Amid election plans, the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency must find the person who h This series is comfort reading for me so much wisdom and humor in deceptively simple writing In this book, a determined Mma Potokwane convinces Mma Ramotswe to run for local office hopefully to fend off plans for the construction of the Big Fun Hotel in a very unwelcome location The book is a riff on elections particularly on honesty in campaigning and the making of promises As always, it deals with justice Amid election plans, the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency must find the person who hit and injured an elderly doctor in Mma Ramotswe s hometown And when the culprit is found, what should be done And then there s Charlie s new romance Can it work when he and his love interest come from very different backgrounds I enjoyed this book even than others in this series none of which every disappointed me flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Linda rated it it was amazing Smith never disappoints with Mma Ramotswe and her family and friends Charlie s growth has been amazing and a joy to have developed in this story The mystery seems very difficult but solved in Mma Ramotswe s wise yet simple manner But the best part was her candidacy for city government Her honesty and strong sense of right were so refreshing And to have voters who realized this was amazing And like her I wonder why the world can t be this way If only Yet, engulfed in the beautiful lan Smith never disappoints with Mma Ramotswe and her family and friends Charlie s growth has been amazing and a joy to have developed in this story The mystery seems very difficult but solved in Mma Ramotswe s wise yet simple manner But the best part was her candidacy for city government Her honesty and strong sense of right were so refreshing And to have voters who realized this was amazing And like her I wonder why the world can t be this way If only Yet, engulfed in the beautiful language and rich characters, I do find hope for the world flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 19, 2018 Donna Lewis rated it it was amazing I love Alexander McCall Smith s books, and I was lucky to be able to attend a book signing of this newest book Smith is an incredibly interesting man He discussed this and all of his other series All of his characters are truly friends of his, including Mma Ramotswe the head of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Reading these books brings Botswana to life with great love and humor And of course today s events find themselves in the books, as in an important city council election The book, I love Alexander McCall Smith s books, and I was lucky to be able to attend a book signing of this newest book Smith is an incredibly interesting man He discussed this and all of his other series All of his characters are truly friends of his, including Mma Ramotswe the head of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Reading these books brings Botswana to life with great love and humor And of course today s events find themselves in the books, as in an important city council election The book, as all the others, is filled with charm, common sense, good humor and compassion flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Julie rated it it was amazing I look forward to McCall Smith s books as a respite from the meaner society we live in right now His portrayal of Botswana is not all sunshine and grace There is poverty, greed and malice there too But he gives us a true heroine with Precious Ramotswe My favorite part of this particular book is Charlie Previously Charlie has been a joke a caricature of a selfish good looking guy who is impervious to others The author let him grow up in this book and I really enjoyed reading about this char I look forward to McCall Smith s books as a respite from the meaner society we live in right now His portrayal of Botswana is not all sunshine and grace There is poverty, greed and malice there too But he gives us a true heroine with Precious Ramotswe My favorite part of this particular book is Charlie Previously Charlie has been a joke a caricature of a selfish good looking guy who is impervious to others The author let him grow up in this book and I really enjoyed reading about this character deepening Always bittersweet to end and realize that I have to wait for another installment flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Nov 15, 2018 Becky rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites Delightful, simply delightful 19th book in this wonderful series set in Botswana I love the continuing evolution of these diverse characters Precious is still running the 1 Ladies Detective Agency although Grace thinks she is Charlie is maturing and becoming less self absorbed Mrs P is guiding and directing them all in her subtle but not so subtle way She now has Precious running for the council to prevent the big hotel from being built and dishonoring the late Mr JLB imparts wisdom wi Delightful, simply delightful 19th book in this wonderful series set in Botswana I love the continuing evolution of these diverse characters Precious is still running the 1 Ladies Detective Agency although Grace thinks she is Charlie is maturing and becoming less self absorbed Mrs P is guiding and directing them all in her subtle but not so subtle way She now has Precious running for the council to prevent the big hotel from being built and dishonoring the late Mr JLB imparts wisdom without many words I m ready for 20 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Chris rated it really liked it It must be difficult for Alexander McCall Smith to keep the characters in this series, the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, from becoming a rehash after 19 books Yet, the characters do change, and, this time, it s really Charlie s story Charlie started as an apprentice in the Speedy Motors garage with very immature views of the world, and particularly women Now Charlie has a girlfriend who matters to him and he s not sure how he got so lucky Along with Charlie s love life, he gets involved in It must be difficult for Alexander McCall Smith to keep the characters in this series, the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, from becoming a rehash after 19 books Yet, the characters do change, and, this time, it s really Charlie s story Charlie started as an apprentice in the Speedy Motors garage with very immature views of the world, and particularly women Now Charlie has a girlfriend who matters to him and he s not sure how he got so lucky Along with Charlie s love life, he gets involved in the only mystery in the book about finding who was the driver in a hit and run case The third plot thread, Mma Ramotswe, the proprietress of the detective agency, is being urged to run for a council seat that she is very reluctant to pursue As usual, I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed hearing Lisette Lecat, who has narrated every book in the series, bring the story to life flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag The Colours of all the Cattle or the American version All the Colors of the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith 3.5 stars rounded up 3 11 Dec 29, 2018 09 03AM Play Book Tag The Colors of All the Cattle Smith 3 stars 5 19 Nov 22, 2018 12 02AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed , the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the 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      Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics He was born in what Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana He lives in Scotland Visit him online at alexandermccallsmith, on Facebook, and on Twitter



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    1. What better way to spend a few hours on a rainy day than with Mma Ramotswe and her delightful friends There s lots happening in this nineteenth outing including Mma Ramotswe standing for a local election Can she possibly win when she claims to be standing for nothing Is honesty always the best policy Charlie also has to deal with the subject of being honest and manages to land himself in all kinds of difficulties Mma Makutsi gets herself into some trouble too, has her first row with her hus What [...]

    2. There were some people cut out for politics, but she was sure she was not one of them She believed in reconciliation and compromise politicians seemed to believe only in the routing of their opponents That was not the way she saw the world It was not the way her father, the late Obed Ramotswe, had seen it either It was not the way, she was sure, that the ancestors had viewed things It was not the Botswana way The Colours of All The Cattle is the nineteenth book in the popular No 1 Ladie There we [...]

    3. Like all in this series, The Colors of All The Cattle goes down like a warm cup of bush tea Surely Smith s No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series has improved and increased travel to Botswana.Readers will continue to enjoy the wise, kind ruminations of Precious Ramotswe and the interactions of the other characters Similar to Hemingway, Alexander McCall Smith is able to coax a moving, interesting story about a very different culture from a quiet economy of words and actions Different from Heming Lik [...]

    4. This is the 19th book in the Number One Ladies Detective Agency Series I always enjoy reading about the latest adventures of Mma Precious Ramotswe Smith portrays a kinder, gentler world than the one I live in Smith is the master of a subtle wit and humor Mma Ramotswe muses over a gentle philosophy about the world and Botswana Smith s feelings about Botswana come through in the story.In this story Mma Ramotswe is running against Mma Violet Sepotho for city council The case being worked on This is [...]

    5. When your soul needs uplifting you can not go wrong with a dose of Mma Ramotswe in Botswana I love this series and the traditionally sized ladies detective whose simple decency and kindness shines throughout the book Her absolute belief in people and her love of her county just fill my heart In this newest installment, Mma Ramotswe is talked into running for city council to stop the development of a hotel She is reluctant and has a refreshing campaign of simply promising to do her best The When [...]

    6. This is the 19th book in the series and I have read each one with pleasure The writing is infused with wit and wisdom and a gentle philosophy which deals with the strengths and frailties of human nature and ways in which goodness, kindness, and honesty can prevail Reading these books is like an enjoyable, relaxing visit with old friends in Alexander McCall Smith s beloved Botswana If one believes from the title that this is a mystery story involving high crimes and frantic action, these stor Thi [...]

    7. For all the reasons I said previously that regretfully, I m over this seriesnow I really am over this series I didn t finish this one The authorial voice has gradually changed I re listened to the whole series this year to confirm this , and has become grating rather than charming to my ear Then, this story itself never captured me Moreover, as I listen to this series in audio at least as much for the marvelous narrator as for the stories, this time my actual ear couldn t continue It s For all t [...]

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