Thursday, October 30, 2008

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #6) by Alexander McCall Smith
Read: 9/1/08-9/5/08
LibraryThing tags: Mystery, Africa, Sonderbook (click here for Sondy's review)

Another good, normal, solid book for the series. Remembering the last book's quotes about the apprentices, here's another amusing one:

“Mr Polopetsi stood up. ‘I am very happy,’ he said. ‘But I know nothing about cars. I hope that I can do this job.’

‘For years we have had two young men working here who know nothing about cars,’ interjected Mma Makutsi. ‘That did not stop them. So it should not stop you, Rra.’”

And then there's Mr J.L.B. Matekoni on breaking bad car news gently:

“Indeed, when he had been an apprentice himself, he had served alongside a German-trained mechanic who would simply point at an engine and shout Kaput! This was no way of letting a customer know that all was not well, and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni wondered whether German doctors did the same with their patients and just shook their heads and said Kaput! Perhaps they did.”

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