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Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

Other surprises await our intrepid proprietress in the course of her inquiries. Mma Ramotswe is puzzled when she happens to hear of a local nurse named Mingie Ramotswe. She thought she knew everybody by the name of Ramotswe and that they were all related. Who is this mystery lady? Then she is alerted by Mma Potokwani that an unpleasant figure from her past has recently been spotted in town. Mma Ramotswe does her best to avoid the man, but it seems that he may have returned to Botswana specifically to seek her out. What could he want from her?

With the generosity and good humor that guide all her endeavors, Mma Ramotswe will untangle these questions for herself and for her loved ones, ultimately bringing to light important truths about friendship and family - both the one you're born with and the one you choose.

©2017 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-11-17

18th novel and I'm still enchanted and addicted!

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is set in southern Africa in the the capital city Gaborone of the landlocked country of Botswana. Authored by Scotsman Alexander McCall Smith who lived for years in Botswana, the 18 book series is a different kind of modern detective series with interesting small cases with minimal suspense and lots of time for of deep and sometimes consequential discussions accompanied with red bush tea and possibly even fruitcake. I have previously reviewed Books 1, 4, and 14-17 in the series and have listened to all novels in the series at least twice. I love the series and have all of the novels in my Audible library. All 10 of the major characters and especially Precious Ramotswe are like old friends of mine. The characters are more vivid than one can imagine without listening to the novels. As always there is lots going on in this novel but the major event is at age 42 Mma Remotswe finds for the first time she has a sister, and she meets her. I started reading the series in printed format before becoming an Audible member. When first joining Audible I purchased the first several audio books and quickly learned that the wonderful narration of Lisette Lecat makes the novels even better.

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The best one in years!

These are always good books, but this one was better. A bit more of the love of Africa came through. There was a kind of passion in it that has been missing in the last few, though all of them are entirely readable.

First, Lisette Lecat is a brilliant narrator. She is one a very few narrators so good I will read a book where she narrates just because it's her. Her ability to give the perfect accent for a region is unmatched by any other narrator I've heard. My husband, who doesn't usually listen, stopped what he was doing to listen to this.

"She's really GOOD," he said, after which launched into my explanation of her being one of top narrators ever.

The story is typical for these stories. No murders, no gore, no violence. A mystery to be solved, leads to be followed, More important, relationships to be managed, dealt with, understood.

I always feel like crying a little when these books end. Especially, this one.

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Makes my heart happy

I have yet to figure out why these stories touch me so. There are now a TON of Precious, Grace, and Mr. JLB Matekoni stories (you have to be following the series to get this reference) and each one feels like a private conversation you're having with a friend. Charming is the first word that comes to mind, but that doesn't convey the feeling of being in the company of friends and relatives I get as I listen to these. I heard a news report mention Botswana and it felt like they were talking about my hometown. Not that's how a long-running series should make you feel.

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Another great visit with old friends

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency has two tricky cases to navigate. One involves a widowed mother of two young children who has been fired from her job at an office furniture company. She insists that the stated reason--that she was rude to an important customer--is completely false, but even if it isn't, it seems strange to fire a long-time, excellent employee for a single offense.

As Mma Makutsi leads the investigation of events at the office furniture store, Mma Ramotswe is drawn into learning more about an operating theater nurse in Lobotswe--a nurse named Mingie Ramotswe. She thought she knew everyone in Botswana who shared her not very common last name, but Mingie is a complete surprise. Who is she?

This is as always a gentle story, ruled by Mma Ramotswe's belief that kindness is never wasted, and that forgiveness is important. In the office furniture store investigation, Clovis Anderson's precept that nothing is ever what it seems is central. In the matter of Mingie Ramotswe, Precious Ramotswe makes the painful discovery that she might need to forgive her deceased, much-revered father, Obed.

It's another excellent visit with old friends.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 11-09-17

18 Lovely Books! Another pleasant visit.

Every book is a wonderful, peaceful, sane experience. Slightly different, some with a bit of life's comedy, all with insightful observations of people, and beautiful descriptions that light up our virtual senses.

This eighteenth book of the series started with a bit of a pensive undertone in Lisette Lecat's wonderful voice but picked up in places. This book even had a car chase, although still in Botswana's pace.

It is hard to describe how much peaceful joy these books bring.

The ending . . . Africa, Africa, Africa, Africa, Africa, Africa . . . Africa . . . so pensive, beautiful, and haunting.

Please don't let this be the last dear Alexander McCall Smith . . .

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great story

I love the way the author keeps you involved in the story. The interaction between the characters is always a delight.

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What a wonderful experience

Once again I have traveled to Botswana... Alexander McCall Smith never disappoints and Lisette Lecat has the voice if an angel ❤️❤️❤️

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  • lerone
  • ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada
  • 11-13-17

Sisterhood and family

Once again a very good narrative and great story. It tells a message without preaching to the Reader. Will always read this Author with this great Narrator.

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Meh

I usually enjoy Mr McCall Smith's work, and have enjoyed this series in the past, but this story just dragged on so tediously, I actually couldn't force myself to finish it. So sorry. Perhaps others would find spending time in the company of such banal characters more enjoyable, but I just couldn't stick it out.

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Back in Botswana!

I have never physically read any of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency books, only listened, so I am always happy to hear the lovely voice of Ms.Lecat. I don't think the books would have such impact just being read. The lilt of the voices and the gentle quality of Mma Ramotswe's detecting make these books, and this one is no exception, a journey to Botswana and I am always sorry to leave. I wept with Mma Ramotswe about her Daddy. I feel like I am one of her sisters!

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