Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious' hands are full. The four Miss Beauty and Integrity pageant finalists may have questionable moral fiber, and the brother of an important government worker has allegedly been poisoned. On top of all that, Precious' reliable fianci might be hiding something.
Life is more difficult than ever at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but it's nothing a little clear thinking and a few mugs of bush tea can't candle.
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"Thoroughly engaging and entertaining." (Los Angeles Times)
Precious Ramotswe, a "traditional" African lady solves the many problems that crowd into her life with grace and intelligence. Although her main mystery is that of an important government worker who fears his brother is being poisoned by an unworthy sister-in-law, Mma Ramotswe finds time to deal with a handicapped foster child, a fiance with health problems, and the needs of her valued assistant. She sails through adversity and washes away the muddles with bush tea and common sense.
The book is beautifully read by Lisette Lecat. Smith's musical prose is enhanced by her talents, and life in Botswana comes alive. It is a wonderful listening experience.
These stories are not so much mysteries as they are windows into faraway cultures. Precious Ramotswe is a real Miss Marple -- she deals with people's problems based on her knowledge of human nature. This engaging book is full of fascinating characters and you'll want to see how Mma Ramotswe handles them all. Listening to these books really heightens the experience as you'll find out how Molepole and Gabarone and all these wonderful names should be pronounced. I love these books in print and I love them on audio.
A wonderful continuation of an unusual detective's career. While not quite as good as No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, it is still well worth a listen. Precious continues to display wisdom and insight and you can't finish without wanting to take a trip to Africa. I look forward to more from this author.
Yes - I think it's a great listen.
When Mma Makutse found the right girl for the pageant.
Although this series of books aren't really mysteries, they are all enjoyable reads. This book is weaker than some of the others, and I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series with "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency", but if you liked the other books by this author, you will likely enjoy this one as well. The narration is first-rate (an important quality, in my opinion--a bad narrator can ruin a good book), and the characters are quite endearing. This is a good book if you're looking for a light, entertaining, and well-written story.
No, because if I changed it to my tastes it would not represent Africa and the African people. To change the characters to my way of thinking would be to dimish them and make them into Americans. These characters have a charm and beauty that is truly African.
Yes, Looking forward to the second half of the series.
She can pronounce the names and places properly. I can't roll my tongue like she does or have the right lilt to my voice that makes the characters human.
Yes, but it probably would be an indie film and shown only on Netflix.
I'm rating this book but my comments are for the entire series. I fell in love with "The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency" when I first discovered it on Netflix. Disappointed that the TV program only ran one season, I went looking for the book(s). To my delight, I found the TV show was based on a whole series and (best of all) they were available at Audible.com. The stories are engaging, heart warming, wise and charming. Some in the series have stronger story lines than others but none of them are weak and they hang together very well as a series. I always look forward to the next book. Lisette Lecat brings each character to life with her rich voice and liquid English/African accent. She is perfect. This series will be enjoyed by adults and older children alike.
just enough happened to keep you wondering how it will work out.
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The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories refresh my soul. There are no great crises or high drama, but rather remarkable interesting characters who face and resolve ordinary problems and the problems of others with dignity and fairness. Reading these stories is like a dip in a cold stream fed pool after a long hot hike. The performance is good, but I sped up the narration a bit. Listening to the audio version makes me wants to purchase the kindle version for future beach reading.
Great Story Line
wouldn.t. I like how each book reveals a little more about each of the main characters
THE MATRON FROM THE ORPHANAGE - she just sems to be the sort of person I WOULD have tea with!!
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