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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
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  • 1

    The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J.L.B. Maketoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.

    Allison says: "The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency"
    The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    Lovely book, easy to listen to, very entertaining. Innocent.

    Reviewed on June 25 2010 by Allison (Charters Towers, QLD, Australia)
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    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2476)
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    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    Transcends its Genre

    Sometimes a book that supposedly inhabits a certain genre breaks away and becomes literature. That is true of this book, which unveils an entire unive..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 07 2003 by Gene (Agoura Hills, CA, USA)
  • 2

    Tears of the Giraffe: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    (26)
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    Meet the one and only Precious Ramotswe - the engaging and sassy owner of Botswana's only detective agency. Mma Ramotswe is facing a new challenge: resolving a mother's pain for her son who is long lost on the African plains. Mma's own impending marriage to the most gentlemanly of men, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, the promotion of her secretary to the dizzy heights of assistant detective, and the arrival of new members to the Matekoni family.

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    Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (376)

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    Barbara says: "A tender tale, sweetly told"
    A tender tale, sweetly told

    Rare is the book which is more satifying heard than read. The richness of the reader's voice, the rhythm of the language and the purity of her accent ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 30 2005 by Barbara (Marietta, GA, United States)
  • 3

    Morality for Beautiful Girls: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    (20)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
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    Mma Ramotswe, daughter of the late Obed Ramotswe, is now the announced fiancée of Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. It is a fine match; she is the founder and owner of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and he is the proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. But Precious Ramotswe is not as happy as she should be under the circumstances. The Detective Agency is struggling with its finances and Mr J. L. B. Matekoni is unusually low and neglecting his garage.

    ozgribbo says: "Gentle humour with a message"
    Gentle humour with a message

    Raises smiles rather than laughter. Very agreeable reading with happy endings - eventually. Perhaps a little simplistic, but if you want some feelgo..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 10 2013 by ozgribbo (Australia)
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    Morality For Beautiful Girls: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (703)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
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    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.

    Janet says: "Refreshing view of life in a small country"
    Refreshing view of life in a small country

    Precious Ramotswe, a "traditional" African lady solves the many problems that crowd into her life with grace and intelligence. Although her main myste..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 27 2003 by Janet (Pinehurst, NC, USA)
  • 4

    The Kalahari Typing School for Men: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
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    Precious Ramotswe is continuing to run her detective agency from the garage of her fiancé, Mr J. L. B. Matakoni. Plans for their wedding need to be made - but when, if ever, will they wed? Intriguing cases present themselves and Mma Ramotswe juggles new clients with her usual formidable talent. However, when her first-class assistant Mma Makutsi decides to expand the agency by opening a much-needed typing school for men, things become complicated.

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    The Kalahari Typing School for Men: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (280)

    Precious Ramotswe's comfortable existence as the only detective in Botswana is suddenly rattled when the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency opens, and its brochure proclaims, "Don't take any chances! Entrust your enquiries to a MAN!" As if the development isn't enough, Mma Ramotswe has also taken on two difficult cases, one of which hits close to home. But with wisdom on her side, Mma Ramotswe figures to crack both cases and upstage her competition.

    Richard says: "Audiobooks don't get any better than this"
    Audiobooks don't get any better than this

    The Alexander McCall Smith books are jewels, and Lisette Lecat, the reader, makes every facet sparkle. Pick one. Pick them all. They are gems.

    Reviewed on July 15 2004 by Richard (Maple Park, IL, United States)
  • 5

    The Full Cupboard of Life: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    (17)
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    (8)
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    Mma Ramotswe is still engaged to Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni and wonders when a day for the wedding will be named. But she is anxious to avoid putting too much pressure on her fiancé, for indeed he has other things on his mind - notably a frightening request from the pushy matron of the Orphan Farm. Mma Ramotswe herself has weighty matters to address. She has been approached by a wealthy lady and asked to check up on several suitors. Are these men just interested in her money?

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    The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (623)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
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    New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues in this engaging book that won the first ever Saga Award for Wit, given to the wittiest British book of the year.

    MusicMom13 says: "#1 Ladies Detective series delivers another winner"
    #1 Ladies Detective series delivers another winner

    I have now listened to the first five in this series -- and eagerly await the newest one "In the Company of Cheerful Ladies." I would buy the book,..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 22 2005 by MusicMom13 (Savannah GA)
  • 6

    In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    (6)
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    Precious Ramotswe, that cheerful Botswanan private investigator of "traditional build", is well-known to millions across the world through the best-selling No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. She is finally married to Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, and the Agency is very busy, but she cannot ignore a plea which is made to her by a woman with a tale of particular misfortune.

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    In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Performance
    (885)
    Story
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    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    Great Listen

    I read the first book in this series and didn't care much for it. Then I decided to listen to the next. I really enjoyed the narrator and kept on unti..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 17 2005 by Nancy (Northbrook, IL, USA)
  • 7

    Blue Shoes and Happiness: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    Blue Shoes and Happiness brings more adventures for Precious Ramotswe and her fine assistant Mma Makutsi. They encounter a cobra in the office, complaints of faulty blood-pressure readings at the medical clinic, a superstitious group of farm workers, and it looks like Aunty Emang, advice columnist in the local newspaper, may not be what she seems.

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    Blue Shoes and Happiness: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (667)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
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    From internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith comes the seventh novel in the phenomenally popular and endlessly charming series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Once again Botswana's only female detective, Mma Ramotswe, and her invaluable assistant, Mma Makutsi, puzzle out the mysteries of life while finding comfort in steaming mugs of bush tea.

    says: "Much ado about bush tea"
    Much ado about bush tea

    Little ever seems to happen in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books that can't be resolved in the time it takes the irrepressable Mma Ramotswe to b..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 25 2006 by Anonymous ()
  • 8

    The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (16)
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    (7)
    Story
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    Precious Ramotswe, the ample and good-natured owner of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, is experiencing staffing difficulties. Her relationship with her assistant, Mma Makutsi, is strained. But the work of the agency must continue. Mr J. L .B. Matekoni becomes involved in the agency's work when he investigates an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as competently as one of the ladies?

    MARGA says: "new narrator in series"
    new narrator in series

    The No. 1 Ladies detective agency series is a charming set of unpretentious books, lovely to listen to while gardening or doing other chores. Unfortun..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 19 2010 by MARGA (Nelson, New Zealand)
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    The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (264)

    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?

    Joanne says: "#1 Ladies continued enjoyment"
    #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 chara..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 14 2007 by Joanne (Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada)
  • 9

    The Miracle at Speedy Motors

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Alongside day-to-day matters - such as Mma Makutsi's dowry negotiations - there are more difficult problems for Mma Ramotswe to solve.

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    The Miracle at Speedy Motors: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (258)

    Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights.

    glamazon says: "Not one word too long"
    Not one word too long

    Once again Alexander McCall Smith chronicles the happenings at the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and at Speedy Motors with his usual wit and wisdom, a..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 22 2008 by glamazon (The Coast of Rhode Island)
  • 10

    Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
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    It is a troublesome fact on which even Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree: there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. It is unfortunate, for example, when Mma Ramotswe's newest client is the owner of the ailing Kalahari Swoopers, that one thing lady detectives know little about is football.

    Cheryl says: "The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series!"
    The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series!

    Alexander McCall Smith writes in such a way he creates images in your mind that bring the story to full life as the characters play out their parts in..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 13 2013 by Cheryl (Castlereagh, Australia)
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    Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (378)

    When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious Ramotswe fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

    Carl says: "Fun Like Always"
    Fun Like Always

    Precious Ramotswe is one of my very favorite woman characters among a small handful. Being a guy I usually love gritty, hard boiled, raw, action detec..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 28 2009 by Carl (West Palm Beach, FL, United States)
  • 11

    The Double Comfort Safari Club: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are called to a safari lodge in Botswana's Okavango Delta to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest. The Okavango makes Precious appreciate once again the beauty of her homeland: it is a paradise of teeming wildlife, majestic grasslands and sparkling water.

    Alan says: "Perfectly written, perfectly read!"
    Perfectly written, perfectly read!

    If you are a fan of Ma Ramotswe you won't be disappointed by this book. The human insights, the relaxed pace and the gentle wise humour are all there ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 30 2010 by Alan (Watson, Australia)
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    The Double Comfort Safari Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
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    Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally best-selling and award-winning series starring Botswana’s leading lady detective continues with this 11th charming tale. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travel to the Okavango Delta to visit a safari lodge beset by unexplained events. There they are awestruck by the breathtaking scenery, but also troubled by the region’s many difficulties—not the least of which is the occasional grumpy hippopotamus.

    bebe says: "I love this series"
    I love this series

    I am totally addicted to the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series and was so excited when this latest book came to Audible.com. Double Comfort Safari..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 04 2010 by bebe (South Carolina)
  • 12

    The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
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    Performance
    (472)
    Story
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    This 12th entry from Alexander McCall Smith’s New York Times best-selling series showcases the humanity and matchless wit that define Precious Ramotswe. While both Precious and Grace Makutsi are puzzled by prophetic dreams, life goes on at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Precious finds herself investigating a case of rural jealousy, while Grace inches closer to her wedding.

    Johnnie Walker says: "The End?"
    The End?

    This felt like the last novel of the series. If so, it ended as well as it began. If you are a fan and have not watched the BBC series based on some..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 29 2011 by Johnnie Walker (Blaine, WA)
  • 13

    The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (520)

    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.

    Rugbysmom says: "This series + this narrater = great entertainment"
    This series + this narrater = great entertainment

    This series is best enjoyed with a really good narrator and Lisette Lecat is that. Her reading brings the characters to life. Since there are many ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 12 2012 by Rugbysmom (Valencia, CA)
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    The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi have always relied on the advice of the classic guide to their trade, The Principles of Private Detection. But who is the eminent author, Mr Clovis Andersen, and what if he was to come to Botswana? That seems a very unlikely possibility, and yet… When Mr Andersen visits Botswana on holiday, he is delighted and intrigued to stumble across a roadside sign that reveals the existence of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

    Jane says: "A beautiful series"
    A beautiful series

    Oh where is the 6 star option when you need it!
    Because I certainly need for any of the Number One Lady's Detective Agency series -- and this, the..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 23 2013 by Jane (Darwin, Australia)
  • 14

    The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (389)

    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.

    C. Telfair says: "Comfort, Comfort, Comfort"
    Comfort, Comfort, Comfort

    It is with thorough approval that I declare "The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon" to be just exactly like all the other Mma Ramatswe stories.

    P..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 06 2014 by C. Telfair (Shepherdstown, WV, United States)
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    The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: Book 15 in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and their eternal cycle, upheaval is taking place at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband but, following her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi has joyful news.With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty.

    Canberra Dilettante says: "Another lovely visit with Mma Ramotswe"
    Another lovely visit with Mma Ramotswe

    I know these books are so cozy you could put a crocheted blankie on them and call them Grandma, but I love them deeply and truly. Like all in the ser..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 19 2014 by Canberra Dilettante (Canberra, Australia)