The Miracle at Speedy Motors (Magill's Literary Annual 2009)
Mma Precious Ramotswe is becoming recognized in her capital city Gaborone and other areas of Botswana as the founder of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and as someone who can solve problems for others. Such is the case with Mma Manka Sebina, who, in Alexander McCall Smith’s The Miracle at Speedy Motors, comes to the detective agency to see if Mma Ramotswe can trace some family members for her. She starts by mentioning specific times and places she has seen Mma Ramotswe, and just as Mma Ramotswe is beginning to think of the word “stalker,” Mma Sebina explains that some people just stand out, and that everybody knows about Mma Ramotswe, the only woman detective in Botswana. Mma Ramotswe silently agrees this is reasonable, especially since most people have an unreasonable idea of the glamour of what a private detective actually does.
When Mma Ramotswe asks who the relatives are that Mma Sebina wants located, there is some confusion when Mma Sebina says she does not know. Mma Ramotswe wisely asks her assistant, Mma Grace Makutsi, to put on the kettle to make some tea for the three of them. Tea almost always makes thing easier, she knows. Mma Sebina was adopted, and both of the parents who raised her are now “late,” meaning dead. What she is seeking, then, is to find out who her birthparents are and to find any living...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2009)
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