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Publisher's Summary

The latest instalment of the irresistibly charming, perennially best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

Precious Ramotswe has always idolised her father, the late Obed Ramotswe. She feels that she knows all about his life - but does she? Sometimes our parents surprise us, and we discover that things were not quite what we thought them to be. And the same goes for Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe's feisty assistant, who also makes certain discoveries about her own past that cause some surprise.

The placid world of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is further disturbed by the arrival in Gaborone of somebody whom Mma Ramotswe - and Mr JLB Matekoni, for that matter - definitely do not want to see. Of course calm eventually prevails - as it always does in the timeless world of these remarkable ladies.

Fans around the world adore the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this delightful series, Mma Ramotswe - with help from her loyal co-director, Mma Makutsi - navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humour and the occasional cup of tea.

©2017 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Excellent

Excellent reader of a good book. Always a pleasure to hear about Mma Ramotswe and this book was no different.

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Great book!

Another wonderful book about the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Love all Alexander McCall Smith's ... they are so entertaining and his characters' observations on life give much food for thought. Congratulations to Adjoa Andoh - she is such a talented narrator. I'm always sorry even I get to the end of the books.

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  • M BeeH
  • 11-05-17

Superb as usual

If you you enjoy Number One Ladies detective Agency you will not be disappointed. Fantastic performance and lovely story. Very satisfying.

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  • Happy Grandma
  • 10-26-17

Heartwarming Stories from a wonderful author.

I love every single detail in the stories about lovely Precious Ramotswe. These are books I can let my grandchildren read without worrying about inappropriate content. Thank you Mr McCall Smith.

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  • Rachel Jane Baddeley
  • 10-18-17

Delightful

As usual, this book, the most recent book in the no 1 Ladies Detective series, has been a delightful listen. Fresh, down to earth and totally entertaining. 👌👏

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  • anne
  • 10-12-17

Another gem.

Another gentle, entertaining mystery from Botswana. All our usual characters are there, dealing with everyday life and the occasional perplexing situation that must be resolved so everyone can go back to living on the edge of the Kalahari desert. A place where good manners and traditions still matter. I can always rely on Alexander McColl smith to create a calming book full of so much atmosphere and respect for Botswana and it’s people, a mystery but with a high feel good factor. I feel so charmed by the way he writes of this country that I fully intend to visit it. I’m just sorry I won’t be meeting the characters from this series of books there, or perhaps they will be there but with different names!

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  • Meg
  • 10-06-17

Loved it.

Really enjoy this series and hope he keeps writing it, with the same narrator please x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-28-18

sunshine of Africa

After another gentle session being dropped into the sunshine of Botswana this gentle soap opera moves into the world of corporate greed.

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  • Penelope Shand
  • 03-28-18

The best so far

I love the First Ladies Detective Agency books but this is definitely the best. Full of humour and wisdom, the sounds and smell of Africa but also feelings of sadness and loss - and forgiveness. I am always sad when the books are finished, I always want more.

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  • David J James
  • 03-27-18

Fantastic story, fantastic narration, mic issues.

Brilliant story with great twists and humorous asides, as good as any in this great series.

For some reason Andoah seems to be lisping heavily in this production and since she doesn't usually lisp it would seem that she has either been given a dodgy mike or spent a night in the Kalahari and got bit on the tongue by a desert fly. The sound system is not doing this marvellous voice any favours and I hope that next time the technical guys (or ladies, Mma) take a bit more care, as I cannot give the usual 97% to this recording.

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  • Mark
  • 01-13-18

beautiful

I know its all kind of a bit Enid Blyton but it makes my car journeys so much more pleasurable knowing there might be real people in Botswana just like this, even if they were dreamed up in Edinburgh.

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  • Sophie Stott
  • 12-02-17

one of the best- how does he do it?

I finished this book in about 4 days, which is going some as I usually only listen at night. I think this is the first I have really cried at, it was beautiful and veey emotional. One of my favourites of the whole series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-18

Exceptional<br />

The narrator very successfully captures the African pronunciation and flavour of McCall Smiths text .

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  • Eliane
  • 04-18-18

Intriguing new storylines

I loved this latest addition to the No. 1 Ladies Detective series. Without giving anything away, it centres on a most intriguing new development in Mma Ramotswe’s story, and of course has a juicy mystery to solve. Adjoa Andoh’s performance is, as always, impeccable. Her differentiation of the characters’ voices is masterful and so entertaining. I strongly recommend The House of Unexpected Sisters.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-01-18

Difficult to understand would rather read the book

I love these books and was looking forward to this one.
However although it was read extremely well with proper accents and all I found it hard to understand some of the speech. I would rather read it myself but have low vision and maybe I can't do that.

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  • Joanne Park
  • 12-10-17

A lovely visit to Botswana

I absolutely enjoyed this audio book and recommend it to all fans of the Number 1 ladies detective agency.