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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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

#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

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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  • CeeBee
  • Lakeland, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 03-25-13

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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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.

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  • Barbara
  • Kensington, CT, USA
  • 07-05-07

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

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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another good one

love these stories the narrator is awesome with her variety of voices and expressions
it's extremely entertaining

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most loved books

Some of the best books I've ever read. I hope he never stops writing! Much love.

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Good story

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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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.