The Colors of All the Cattle

The Colors of All the Cattle

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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.--
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781524747800
1524747807
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MCCALL 2018
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 25 cm

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Jersey_Girl
Dec 05, 2019

Wonderful! But I did take 1/2 star off. Not quite a 5 star. But when you have a series with as many books in it as this one, you are going to have some a little better than others. I agree with one comment about the character of Charlie evolving and developing as the series goes on. I really enjoyed "watching" him. As always, enjoyable story. I find myself wishing I could go back to Africa...this time to Botswana!

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candlesticktroughs
Nov 25, 2019

" Hercules listened, but was not deterred. By the time he was sixteen he was already becoming well known at the body-building competitions that were occasionally held at the Sun Hotel, and when he left school at eighteen, going straight into the family transport service business, he already had two titles to his credit. For a year he had been Mr. Teenage Botswana, as well as runner-up in the Southern African Power Man competition held over the border at a popular South African resort. Now his sights were set firmly on the Mr. Botswana contest. This was still fourteen months away, a period during which Hercules would redouble his efforts to increase his already prodigious strength." " 'Enthralling..MMa Ramotswe is someone readers can't help but love.' " ' Vibrantly appealing. A respite from the rush and worries of daily life.' "

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ustreater
Sep 29, 2019

Stopped at chapter 8

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Jenkskitten
Mar 23, 2019

Smith has added more to the life story of Precious, Charlie and the town they live in...nice book to read for a calming effect

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sandraperkins
Mar 10, 2019

I think this latest book is one of the best ones in the whole series. Of course, all series should be read in order for maximum enjoyment and to see the characters develop over time, but this book was really good!

The primary story involves community worry that a corrupt real estate developer wants to build The Big Fun Hotel (its real name) next to a graveyard. People are horrified that there will be people having loud parties next to the graveyard. It looks like a done deal because the developer has paid off several members of the local council that has to vote on approving the hotel.

But there is one vacancy on the council, and Mma Potokwane (the lady who runs the orphan farm) thinks Mma Ramotswe should run for that council seat. It is the last thing Mma Ramotswe wants to do. But Violet Sephotho is the only other candidate who has filed, and she would be a disaster! So Mma Ramotswe runs, with a most unorthodox campaign. Her interview with the local newspaper is priceless. (This is all a fairy tale, but I loved it anyway!)

This book also shows major character development of Charlie, one of the apprentices to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. In earlier books, he has seemed very immature and useless, but he is finally growing up.

I enjoyed this book very much!

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brangwinn
Jan 28, 2019

How does Alexander McCall Smith manage to keep writing stories about the wonderful Mma Ramotswe? This is the 19th book in the series and this time she’s involved in city politics. The No. 1 Ladies Detective books always make me feel contented after reading them.

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tjdickey
Jan 17, 2019

Honesty, moral behavior, gender equality, even managing road rage: McCall Smith's most recent installment of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series is full of warmth and the desire to be better human beings. Add the phrase, the "Elect Mma Ramotswe committee," and we are all in for a charming and topical read.

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maipenrai
Dec 23, 2018

I fell in love with Precious Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 20 years ago and continue to look impatiently forward to the next novel. Highly recommend this book and series. I highly recommend listening to these books as the Botswanan speech patterns are wonderful to hear!!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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ApollosRaven
Nov 26, 2018

I continue to love this series and the gentle, wise people who inhabit it. Precious steps up to fulfill two of her father's trademark behaviors - duty to the community & respect for others.

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Liber_vermis
Nov 26, 2018

Another fast-read from Alexander McCall Smith with the familiar cast of Botswanan characters but with a tighter plot line and more satisfactory conclusion that many of his prior "Ladies Detective" stories.

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