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In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies is the sixth book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith, centered around the insightful and charming Mma Precious Ramotswe and the people in her life in Botswana. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies finds Mma Ramotswe now married to Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, whose garage is next to her detective agency. Some of the problems they must deal with it concern his apprentice who takes up with a married woman, her unlucky-at-love secretary Grace Makutsi who goes looking for love in a dance class, and Mma Ramotswe's first husband who returns and tries to blackmail her. There's also a incident involving a pumpkin, a pair of pants and an intruder hiding under Mma Precious Ramotswe' bed. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies has received positive reviews with the New York Daily News saying, "Part of what makes these books so endearing is Smith's ability to make us believe in the innocence of this corner of the Dark Continent. That innocence is increasingly imperiled, but Mma Ramotswe's ability to triumph over these incursions continues to make her an unusually bracing, life-affirming creation."