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)
This book is similar to the others in that it was entertaining and personable, but for the first time I found the storyline unbelievable. The transformation of a 97 score in secretarial school into master mechanic and master manager of young men was a stretch. It was as if the assistant had some kind of magical powers. Plus, the portrayal of the lead detective as someone who accidently promotes the assistant to a special position in her fiance's garage seems foolish, and totally inconsistent with her normal ability to maintain control of conversations to achieve her desired ends. Finally, I found the depression of Mr. JLB Mataconi as a phony, pretend storyline that detracted from the character development in the prior novels because it did not fit. Here we have a man who has just gotten engaged and has accepted responsiblity for two special needs children, and now he suddenly abandons his work, and ignores his wife-to-be and these children, and he can't get up the energy to get out of bed. Now maybe, the engagement and responsibility for children could induce depression, but that was not the story line. Instead, the trigger for his depression is never discussed; nor is any mention that this has been an issue for him previously. I really felt like the author was checking "Depression" off his checklist of things he wanted to cover in the various books, and it did not matter that it did not fit.
The beauty contest was also a little shaky as a story line, but it seemed to fit the story better. Despite these weaknesses, the book was entertaining in its way, and I will be moving on to the next installment.
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.
How to manage an auto mechanic garage
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!!
Yes I would recommend this. It is well perfomed and a pleasure to listen too.
It always left me guessing what would happen next.
I love all the characters and how she perfoms them.
Love this series and Lisette Lecat is spectacular reading these books. I am hooked.
I started with the first audiobook and got hooked; now I'm about to complete the set. The narrator, Lisette Lecat, is terrific for the series. There's an HBO video series that's also very good, and Netflix has it.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
Another great book. I really love these characters! The narrator is so great.
Lisette Lecat is an excellent reader who adds much life to the story.
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