Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First, she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew.
Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice. The opening of her new salon has been shadowed by misfortune. Not only has she received a bad omen in the mail, but rumors are swirling that the salon is using dangerous products that burn people’s skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business?
Meanwhile, at the office, Mma Ramotswe has noticed something different about Grace Makutsi lately. Though Mma Makutsi has mentioned nothing, it has become clear that she is pregnant . . . But in Botswana - a land where family has always been held above all else - this may be cause for controversy as well as celebration.
With genuine warmth, sympathy, and wit, Alexander McCall Smith explores some tough questions about married life, parenthood, grief, and the importance of the traditions that shape and guide our lives.
©2013 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2013 Recorded Books
Lissette Lecat is a wonderful voice for the characters in this book. Alexander McCall Smith's Botswana is as usual a great story setting and the characters' interactions in this story continue the long time relationship that has built over the series.
No, I don not usually listen twice
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Her accent and the way she can pronounce names-great!
The wonderful fun and adventure continues in yet another installment of the ladies at the #1 LDA. Like visiting with your best friends and hearing all the latest gossip, one can never get enough of these characters and the world they inhabit.
Yes. At bedtime. To read me to sleep.
For followers of this lovely series, it's another little interlude to enjoy. For others? Probably not.
Each of the primary characters are so familiar now that they seem perfectly read.
The ladies of Botswana are at it again!
You don't read these books for great adventure. You read them because they are gentle stories that give your heart a place to rest.
The main reason I continue to "read" books in this series is the narration by Lisette Lecat. She brings the story to life.
I enjoy the voices she uses and learning the correct pronunciations of the places mentioned.
I would, but would rather wait for the next
Madame Kootzie (misspelled)
No, I just found the whole book charming and so easy to listen to. Always left me in a good mood and smiling when I left off......
I fear McCall Smith is beginning to phone these in. This book doesn't reflect the usual wit that Smith brings to these characters. I appreciate that the principle characters are experiencing some changes, but the pace has become glacial. And I was disappointed by the nature of the "cases" the agency is handling in this book. I'd like Smith to not forget that this is a detective agency... the last two books are only marginally "detective stories."
I suspect Smith has stretched himself thin. We'll see.
Having said that, Lisette Lecat continues to do a brilliant job narrating these lovely characters.
I have been a faithful listener of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books for years. I also have the print versions of most of the books in the series, but I prefer to listen because of Lisette Lecat's beautiful narration. I savor each of these books, and I kind of ration myself in listening in order to help the book last longer! I eagerly anticipate the next book in the series.
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