success spoil the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and Tlokweng Road
Speedy Motors? Precious Ramotswe and her husband, Mr. J. L. B.
Matekoni, share offices and employees in their thriving businesses,
but discontent bubbles beneath the calm surface.
Grace Makutsi, secretary and assistant detective who graduated with
a 97% in clerical skills from the Botswana Secretarial College (a
fact she is quick to mention at the slightest provocation), is on
the verge of revolt. She recently has become engaged to a
successful businessman and believes she doesn't need this job in a
noisy garage. She grows impatient with the apprentice mechanics,
and now, much to her boss's consternation, she's being rude to
potential detective agency clients. She quits in a huff, leaving
both businesses in a state of turmoil.
The eldest apprentice mechanic would love to quit tinkering with
motors to open his own taxi service.
Even Mr. Matekoni, mechanic extraordinaire and owner of Speedy
Motors, looks on his wife's detective business as filled with
intrigue and adventure, certainly far more interesting than tuning
engines and adjusting brakes.
Precious Ramotswe is perfectly happy with her profession, but just
as the revolt begins to simmer at the office, the No. 1 Lady
Detective is presented with her most challenging mystery to date.
In all of her previous experiences in detecting and counseling
people in trouble, never has she had a case like this. A local
hospital administrator discloses to her the puzzling details of
several unexplained deaths in the same bed at the same time on
successive Fridays. Seeking to avoid scandal and disruption of
hospital routine, he calls on Mma Ramotswe's well-known discretion
and wisdom to sort things out in the least messy manner.
Mr. Matekoni sees the opportunity he has been waiting for when a
client shows up at the office while his wife is out. He steps in to
help by interviewing the woman, who tells him that she suspects her
husband, a prominent local businessman, may be having an affa