Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.
©2012 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
I have become a huge fan of this series. My first introduction to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency was through the audiobook, and I loved the way Lisette Lecat made Botswana real to me. I love the way she pronounces Mma Ramotswe's name (and every other Botswana name, for that matter). I have read some books in the series, but know that I much more enjoy them when listening. There is nothing surprising or monumental in any of the books, and this one is no exception. But the wisdom, grace, and humor I find in the traditional Botswana wisdom woven for me in these stories is the equivalent of putting on my favorite comfortable sweatshirt and curling up in front of the fire with a nice cup of tea. Except I can be drawn into this world while still doing tasks that need doing.
I also found myself brewing a lot more tea while I listened to this book.
Precious's way of dealing with situations
All of it
All of them.
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection.
LOVE All books by Lee Child, and Vince Flynn and J.A.Jance
Simple approach to complicated situations. I loved the fact that Precious finally got to meet her longtime mentor. He tried to explain that he was not the expert she had admired for all these years. Precious, in her simple approach to her life in Botswana, maintained her faith in his expertise and enlisted his advise in a case.
When they foiled the plans of wealthy man who conspired to change the whole concept of the Orphan Farm by building a 'communal" Dining room...in doing would have lined his own pockets.
Have listened to many--this one was equally well done.
My main reaction was pure enjoyment with every chapter.
The main reason these books are so enjoyable, in addition to the great story lines, is that they are read with "English" accent. Just reading the words in a "regular' book, you miss all the nuances built into the story line. The pure simplicity of the lifestyle so well depicted by the author, is brought put by the readers talent.
This is my go-to series when I need something light between heavy books. Always enjoyable. This was a particularly good one. But if you are a first time reader of this series, start with Book 1.
I enjoy the accents and the voices, but would never even compare an audio book to a print book.
These questions have nothing to do with how I would review a book. If you have enjoyed any of the other AMS books in this series, you'll enjoy this one also. The characters are so natural and endearing that I invite them into my day often. I would choose these quirky women to be my own "actual" friends if I encountered.
AMS's books always cause me to marvel that they are written by a man. He has an uncanny insight into the character of women and a great sense of humor about them also.
Again, I dislike the questions of this review. Who cares what I would tag a film of this book to be? Really?
I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!
This is another wonderful Mma Ramotswe story written by Alexander McCall. While all books in McCall's series are a good listen, there are a few that are better, stand out more than the rest. Book number 13 is one of those books. We get to meet, upfront and personal, Clovis Anderson. When you have read 12 other books telling of Clovis Anderson's detective rules it is a thrill to be with Precious Ramotswe when she discovers she is dealing with the famous man. In fact it's always nice to be back in Botswana with all the characters again. Alexander McCall is a wonderful story teller, and for his stories there is no better narrator than Lisette Lecat. Together they make the audio books 1 through 13 five star listens!
It's such a pleasure to be in the company of Alexander McCall Smith's characters, and indeed in his own company. This book allows the author of "The Principles of Private Detection" - Clovis Andersen, to visit Botswana, and Mma Ramotswe. I believe that the character of Clovis Andersen allows McCall Smith to send a proxy of himself into Botswana, to interact with his own characters, and to express a wish to stay there forever.
Clovis Andersen's wife has recently died, and I listened to this book during the time my own mother was in the process of dying. My mother had a wonderful life, and the words of Mma Ramotswe were extraordinarily comforting and provided me with great strength during this difficult time.
But the book is not a sad one. It is full of life, strength and compassion. Not to mention the gem of the "Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon", which I understand will be the topic of the next book in this wonderful series.
I'm a disabled, retired RN. I live in a nursing home. Audible reads stories to me at night when I have a hard time sleeping.
Yes I already have.
The other "Ladies Detective Agency books.
Love all her readings. Terrific.
When the author of her detection reference book confesses that he is not great and that he has sold so few books.
Don't come looking for mytery in this series except for the first few books. This one started in a way I thought would have some but what "mysteries" there were were anti-climatic and predictable which is why I give the story 3 stars.
However the reason to spend time with the series are the characters and Precious Ramotswe. Precious is the mother I wish I had, the preacher that every church should have, and she is the fire that is the best in the human race. Spending time with her is life affirming, funny, and makes you appreciate the simple things we all take for granted. These books are about the characters, the place, the ADD way of telling a story, and the special people we never notice but that make the world a better place.
I typically like my "mysteries" with tough guys, bloodshed, fighting, and thrills but Precious Ramotswe is one of the few exceptions. I like to think I'm a bit of a tough guy but these stories can always bring tears to my eyes.
The only thing I wish is that Mr. Smith would have Precious Ramotswe actually solving mysteries because they are the most fun, she solves them in the funniest ways, and resolves the threats without compassion. I thought the series was ending with the last novel but I'm glad I was wrong.
Many issues are facing and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and a special visitor has come to see them. Once again the Ladies are getting involved and helping others. As always, the characters are interesting and yet reflect our everyday issues of trust and doing the right thing. I'm ready for the next adventure.
I liked how Clovis Anderson was helpful, humble and in the end was himself healed.
I was happy that there was resolution for Grace and Putti with their house. I was afraid that wasn't going to have a happy ending.
I did both-that's the way with Botswana
I love this narrator. Don't think I can ever just "read" these books again. So great to hear her voice. Makes me feel like I'm there in Botswana and the Speedy Motors.
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