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The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | [Alexander McCall Smith]

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

In the life of Precious Ramotswe, a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build, there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number-one lady detective can?
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In the life of Precious Ramotswe, a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build, there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road.

Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. First Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number-one lady detective can? Then she has a minor falling-out with her assistant, Mma Makutsi, who decides to leave the agency, taking the 97 percent she received on her typing final from the Botswana Secretarial College with her.

Along the way, Mma Ramotswe is asked to investigate a couple of tricky cases. Will she be able to explain an unexpected series of deaths at the hospital in Mochudi? And what about the missing office supplies at a local printing company? These are the types of questions that she is uniquely well suited to answer.

In the end, whatever happens, Mma Ramotswe knows she can count on Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who stands for all that is solid and true in a shifting world. And there is always her love for Botswana, a country of which she is justifiably proud.

Listen to the other titles in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

©1998 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Smith once again combines a loving depiction of ordinary life in modern Botswana with memorable characters and an engaging mystery." (Publishers Weekly)
"Scotsman McCall Smith's best-selling novels featuring 'traditionally built' Botswana sleuth Precious Ramotswe continue to resonate with poignancy, wisdom, and wit." (Booklist)

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    Joanne Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 10-14-07
    Joanne Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 10-14-07 Member Since 2012

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    "#1 Ladies continued enjoyment"

    Another great title in the #1 Ladies series! I found all the titles in this series so far easy to listen too. Smooth discriptive narative,good character flow - what started as a light summer gamble with book #1; has turned into a many book listen. Even bought some "bush tea" to try with this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Austin, TX, United States 04-26-07
    Susan Austin, TX, United States 04-26-07 Member Since 2015

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    "Savor this delicious series"

    I love this series by Alexander McCall Smith, which starts with the book "The Number One Ladies Detective Agency". While I find myself listening to fast paced political thrillers, humor, sci fi, and all kinds of mysteries, this series has a category all of its own. It might generally fit into the mystery category but it is definitely not your typical mystery. I recommend starting with the first book and working your way up to this book so you don't miss a thing. The stories take place in Botswana and involve no more than a total of 30 or 40 characters (in all 8 books in the series). Characters all have their quirky personalities, fears, memories of the past, love of their country, and interesting outlooks on life. In each book, the detective agency will solve 2 or 3 cases, ranging from a lost boy to a series of unexplained deaths in a rural hospital. In each case, Ma Ramotswe and her assistant Ma Makutzi offer an interesting approach to each problem, full of humor and enjoyment of life.

    This delicious series is to be savored.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Lakeland, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-25-13
    Carolyn Lakeland, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-25-13 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself!Omnivorous catholic reader who especially enjoys unusual mysteries and thrillers

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    "McCall Mystique"

    As usual Alexander McCall Smith never fails to fascinate and engage his readers with his soothing,laidback style.In "The Good Husband of Zebra Drive" the solid,dependable Mr J.L.B.Matekoni,husband of Precious Ramotswe,decides to help out in the First Ladies Detective Agency and does so with surprising results.Mma Makusi makes a drastic decision and lives to regret it.Mma Ramotswe solves a few interesting problems and bad luck continues to follow MrJ.L.B.Matekoni's troublesome apprentice.

    In "The Good Husband of Zebra Drive" our favourite characters continue to appeal with their quirky traits and commonplace lives in Mma Ramotswe"s beloved Botswana.Long write Alexander McCall Smith!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 08-21-07
    Alexandra 08-21-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Back in Botswana"

    Alexander McCall Smith paints such a vivid picture of life in Botswana. It is a slow, peaceful life. Anyone expecting an exciting mystery thriller should not be reading this series. But if you want to "visit" a beautiful culture in Africa, and be entertained by the Number One Ladies Detective Agency, this is a wonderful series. Start from the beginning, so you understand Mma Romatswe and her friends and family. I always look forward to the next story, and The Good Husband of Zebra Drive does not let you down. The narration is done beautifully by Lisette Licat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Kensington, CT, USA 07-05-07
    Barbara Kensington, CT, USA 07-05-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Return visit with friends"

    Listening to another book from this series is like spending a few hours with good friends. The reader's authentic accent with the dialog transports me to Botswana and makes me feel like I am listening to the characters themselves. A few simple mysteries get solved, but that's not the point: the point is spending time with these kind, wonderful people.

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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 05-30-07
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 05-30-07 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Another good one"

    I love this series. Nothing much ever happens, but the story is so charming and the narrator is so good that I look forward to listening to each book.

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    Lo Lo Birmingham, AL USA 06-25-15
    Lo Lo Birmingham, AL USA 06-25-15 Member Since 2013

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    Enjoyed listening to this story. Always enjoy The Number 1 Ladies Detective
    Agency books. Sweet, warm and cozy, but also informative.

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    Jacqueline 05-12-15
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    "Excellent read as usual"

    I love the storytelling of these characters' ordinary lives. I laugh and listen with each book. The narrator makes this series come alive.

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    Rhonda BLOOMFIELD, CT, United States 02-03-15
    Rhonda BLOOMFIELD, CT, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorite Fun book series"

    Love the author and the series. I have fallen in love with the characters and Africa because of these books. The simple way of life and the light hearted way the stories and characters make me smile. Best Fun Book series ever.

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    Lady Lotus 02-25-14
    Lady Lotus 02-25-14 Member Since 2011

    I love well written books and moving narrators! I am a realism SCI-FI buff. I find non-mushy romance intertwined in a story appealing.

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    "Always a Pleasure!"
    If you could sum up The Good Husband of Zebra Drive in three words, what would they be?

    funny simply-complex telling


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Husband of Zebra Drive?

    The humble character of the Good Husband, he is a dream come true!


    What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Personality, charm and colorful character


    If you could take any character from The Good Husband of Zebra Drive out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The full bodied detective married to the good husband, as she is doing things right, her life is good even through her challenges, I want some to rub off on me at dinner!


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