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In the latest installment of this infinitely enjoyable and best-selling series, Precious Ramotswe is doing what she does best--helping people with their problems and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

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. And life is no less complicated at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni--Mma Ramotswe's estimable husband--has fallen under the sway of a doctor who has promised a miracle cure for his daughter's medical condition, which Mma Ramotswe finds hard to believe. But Precious Ramotswe deals with these difficulties with her usual grace and good humor, and in the end discovers that the biggest miracles in life are often the small ones.

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©2008 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC.

Critic Reviews

"Alexander McCall Smith's big-hearted Botswanan stories [allow] his readers to escape into a world of simple, picturesque pleasures and upstanding virtues." ( The New York Times Book Review)"The best, most charming, honest, hilarious, and life-affirming books to appear in years." ( The Plain Dealer)

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  • Joanne
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • 05-17-08

Totally Addictive

I have found all the titles in the No.1 Ladies detective agency series fabulous. Miracle at speedy motors did not disappoint. They are light mysteries with superb character development and breath-takingly discriptive settings. No sooner am I finished with the newest title and I find myself longing for the next.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Martha
  • EAST BRIDGEWATER, MA, United States
  • 04-26-08

The Best

I have loved all The no.1 Detective Agency books, but this one is the warmest, wittiest, funniest of them all. It made me smile and put a lump in my throat. I envy anyone who still has this lovely book ahead of them.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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, and not one extra word. McCall Smith has the singular gift of writing with awareness, consciousness, acceptance and insight into the human condition without even the merest suggestion of psychobabble. I like the psychobabble books too, no question about that, but this author seems to accomplish the same result with his fictional crew and their life stories.

And many bows to the narrator, who continues to bring this now familiar Botswanan cast of characters to life!

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Angie
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 04-25-08

I love this book

I could listen to this narrator read names out of the phone book and I think it would be excellent. But luckily, this book was a little more interesting than the phone book. I am so glad there is a new #1 Ladies Dectective Agency book out, I was beginning to have Mma Ramostsway (sp?) withdraw. As always it was a charming and excellent book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Jeannette, PA, USA
  • 09-24-08

Entertaining !!

Alexander McCall Smith's books are all wonderful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love the whole series

I have enjoyed this whole series and could listen to them all over again.

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simple story telling

I recommend this latest book in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith. In this series, the characters are funny and human, without the violence and sex that are so often elements of mystery books. If you are in the mood for a light simple story, this will fill that need. If you are following the series as I am, you'll wonder if Precious Ramotswe's "engaged" assistant detective, Grace Makutsi will ever get married; maybe in the next book. I can't help but want to rush the storyteller! Just like in life, things happen in their own time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Definitely worth it

The narrator of this series is pitch perfect; I prefer to listen to the series rather than read it.

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Gentle miracles

While not the most memorable book in the series, the rhythms of life with these gentle characters remains a tonic to the hectic pace of life.

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 04-17-10

so good

This is one of the books in the Ladies #1 Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. This is a top notch series and I believe that to truly enjoy the series, every book should be read in the order written. The characters and story line develop over time in the series and they are people you really want to get to know. The story lines and characters can be funny, disgraceful or tragic, but they are always interesting. Smith is a keen observer of people and has great talent for drawing characters and telling whopping good stories.
The reader is the same for each book in the series and she is one of the best I have ever heard. She gives consistly solid performances over the entire series. The characters remain the same from one book to the other. Her accents are extrordinarily good. If I had to choose between reading this series and listening to it read by this reader (Lisette Lecat) I would without hesitation choose the audible version. Purchase them all - they are so very good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful