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)
I love the accent and cadence Lisette Lecat brings to the story. I think it would be a completely different experience if I were reading it in print, as I would not have a clue how to correctly pronounce some of the names and places in this book. This is my third book from this series. I think if I ever do read a print version, I will probably always have Lisette Lecat's characterization in my head. Just perfect.
This series is just a breath of fresh air for me. It is pleasant and positive break from the stresses of real life. It makes a long commute in heavy traffic a much more pleasant experience. I find myself a little bit sad every time I finish one of these books.
The way the narrator brings the characters and the stories to life. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series and then the next and the nex!!
Precious and Mr. JLB
The short story of the little girl with three lives was very touching.
I buy additional credits just so I can listen to the next in the series
Charming characters, gently mysterious, and full of wonderful perceptions about humans and how we think. Wisdom centered in the heart.
I love it!
Another enjoyable episode of this series.
Yes, the accent is wonderful and makes you feel like you are in Africa.
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.
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