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Publisher's Summary

International best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delivers another delightful tale from his critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

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.

Listen to the other titles in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
©2002 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A dose of easy humor laces the pages, as McCall Smith throws in wry observations, effortlessly commenting on the vagaries his protagonist encounters as she negotiates Botswana bureaucracy. This is another graceful entry in a pleasingly modest and wise series." (Publishers Weekly) "Lisette Lecat, a native South African, offers a near perfect narration...Lecat handles male voices exceptionally well, and her version of Mma Ramotswe is the definitive voice of that remarkable woman." (AudioFile) "One of the most entrancing literary treats of many a year...A tapestry of extraordinary nuance and richness." (Wall Street Journal)

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  • Richard
  • Maple Park, IL, United States
  • 07-15-04

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.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Bonnie
  • houston, TX, USA
  • 08-09-07

Another World

As in each of the A.McCall books, this one, again, takes me to a place of peace/without boredom; learning and discovery/without condescension; and, excitement/without adrenaline. The Reader, Lizette, is not "good." She is brilliant. I would love to see her perform, for she must be a splendid actress onstage/film, as well as on recorded books. Give yourself a wonderful treat with all these Botswana books...careful though, might make you want to move there - soon.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Anthem, AZ, United States
  • 02-17-11

Great series, great narrator

I usually only buy audible books that have 10 hours plus listening time (more for the money!) but bought The Kalahari Typing School for Gentlemen when I was sick with a cold and wanted to listen to something light (I had read the previous 4 books the old-fashioned way). But after listening to Ms. Lecat's narration, I've ordered the next in the series from Audible too. Both she and Mma Ramatswe rock!

If you haven't listened to a No. 1 Detective Agency Series, i recommend it. Not exciting crime here --just human foibles investigated by a delightful cast led by the traditionally build Mma Ramatswe.

I have never had much interest in visiting Africa but after reading this series (and seeing the HBO/BBC television mini series), I find myself wishing I could go to Botswana and walk the streets of Gabarone, visit the African mall, and drink bush tea on the porch of a nice, traditionally built Botswanan woman, though I doubt if any real person could measure up to Precious Ramatswe.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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No. 1 Ladies Det. Agency keeps you smiling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you want a fun read without expectations of fast moving adventure and deep mystery, this book will keep you interested and smiling at the two ladies and their friends and the pictures the book conjures in your mind of the African bush country. I recommend this book for reading when you just want to chill out with a fun story and colorful characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kalahari Typing School for Men?

The shoes that Mma Cotswai (sp?) was able to buy with her earnings from the Typing School.

What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Wonderful accent and speech pattern.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Angie
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 03-21-06


This one does not disappoint! I like that we got to learn more aout Mma. Makutsi. Simply charming.

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  • Sandra
  • Kansas City, MO, USA
  • 10-22-05

Good book

If you're a fan of the series you'll like this one too. I especially like reading more about Mma Makutsi.

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Wonderful people in a different culture.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I overheard a conversation by two attendees at the Utah Shakespeare Festival last summer. They were discussing their favorite series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. I had been looking for a new series to get into and this overheard recommendation seemed worth trying. They were right! Much to his amazement, my husband enjoys it too.

We like the people. They are real, they are funny and imperfect. The plot moves along nicely, but it's the people we like.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • 08-30-09

Great if you like the series, but...

If you're in the mood to visit a whole other world, where life moves at a slower pace, people have good intentions, where it's okay to be 20lbs overweight and driving a used car, then you can't do better than this series. (If you're in the mood for action, snappy dialogue, and plot twists, this is NOT the book/series for you.)

I liked this book as much as the previous ones read by Lisette Lecat. But there were some continuity issues on small details which drove me nuts.

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In the previous book, Mma Makutsi says she makes 'better money than she could at any other job'; in this book, she suddenly isn't making enough money, but no explanation why (was her salary reduced? rent increased?).

In the previous book, Mma Makutsi's brother's illness is secret from Mma Ramotzwe, but in this one Mma Ramotzwe knows all about him - again, no explanation why.

But that kind of stuff bugs me more than other people, so I wouldn't let it stop you from getting this one.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 10-14-16

My favorite book in this series

I've listened to all 17 novels in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series in order released, but have reviewed only a few. All of the books are outstanding, but I like The Kalahari Typing School for Men most. Mma Ramotswe solves a couple of interesting cases, but the star of this novel is her secretary Mma Grace Makutsi. Grace decides that a typing school for men is badly needed in Botswana, so she starts one with her being the instructor. Was that really a good idea? Listen to find out. The incredible Lisette Lecat narrates and gives all characters, female and male, their own unique voice.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 01-02-18

Great series

Truly good series Great writing and storytelling with wonderful real characters, and vivid description of the country in which they live.