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Publisher's Summary

Another seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas, written and adapted by Alexander McCall Smith from his own best-selling series.

A third outstanding collection of stories featuring Botswana’s only female private detective agency, run by the irrepressible Precious Ramotswe. Based on the hugely popular novels and brought to life with music and full casts, these evocative productions return us to Botswana, where Precious has more mysteries to solve.

In the first of these seven episodes, Mma Ramotswe helps an adopted child search for her birth family; gets embroiled in the murky world of a football cheat; faces the dangers of crocodiles, hippos and a tiny canoe in the Okovango Delta; and investigates some violent, unexplained attacks on cattle. Meanwhile, the countdown to her upcoming wedding begins....

The stories included are: The Miracle at Speedy Motors, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, The Seller of Beds, An Exceptionally Wicked Lady, Canoeing for Ladies, A Late Van Just Glimpsed and The Saturday Big Tent Wedding.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Must-listen...beautifully cast, precisely timed, simply wonderful." (Daily Telegraph)

"Will charm listeners whether they already know and love these stories or are hearing them for the first time." (Audiofile Magazine)

What listeners say about The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.3

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Very enjoyable full cast drama based on the books

I love this book series, and this full cast drama based on the various story lines in the books is a real treat.

The actors really make the series come to life just using their voices and someone is very talented with the background sound effects.

Of course, these short stories based on the books will not have all the details in the books, but it's a lot of fun to hear the events play out. I remember extra details from the books as the events unfold. It's a lot of fun for me.

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  • 04-23-21

Great performance

Great cast. Story is funny and interesting as usual. I've listened to all the actual books and now the BBC dramatization. It's like starting the series all over again, but now with fun sound effects and multiple voices.

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Is this really volume 3???

According to audible, this is volume 3. BUT it seems a LOT has happened between volume 2 and 3- and the thumbnail says ‘volume 4’ which would a lot more sense.
Also, it appears a whole episode is missing from this collection.
One case has only 1 episode but it appears to be the second part only.
It seems audible has made a bit of a hash of things here.

The episodes that are there are as enjoyable as the previous volumes.


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Another terrific installment

I have gotten so much enjoyment out of the radio programs. The actors are wonderful at bringing the characters to life and McCall Smith has created a lovely streamlined version of his novels. The stories are refreshing.

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  • 10-22-19

Great but bits of the story missing....?

This is great as normal for the Ladies but bits of the story seem to be missing; what accident? Where does the male assistant go? No lead up to the wedding and what about the wedding shoes? Also the book appears at number 4 in the app. Doesn’t detract from the lovely stories but overall the gaps are disappointing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-13-19

expansion of the waist

great story, which entertained with that gentle humour that is a positive for this series of detective novels.

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  • Vix
  • 03-09-21

Why are there bits of the story missing?

Having been a fan of the no1 ladies detective agency since first hearing the stories on radio 4 a fair few years ago, I took the opportunity to listen again to these fantastic stories.
Unfortunately vol.3 even though a fantastic listen is somewhat incorrect as the chapter stories do make sense when listened to in order.
After some investigation it turns out that chapters 5-8 belong to vol.4 (I have purchased vol.4) and chapter 4 should be vol.3 chapter 8.
This made me question, Where are vol.3's correct chapters?
As I could not find them anywhere it is with sadness that I will return this audio.

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  • Steph H
  • 11-11-20

Breath of fresh air

I love listening to these books and especially in radio play format. They are incredibly positive and always have a calming effect on me.

The writing is gentle and well done and I feel like I can almost feel the warmth of the sun coming through

Highly recommended.

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  • Priya Murugappan
  • 09-20-20

a wonderful time guaranteed

Excellent book performed very well ! Looking forward to hearing the rest in the series.

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  • S K NOWLER
  • 06-10-20

Precious

A few hours in Botswana with Precious. This is a happy, peaceful place to be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-19

feel good stories

if you've fed up with people killing other people over Money 💰 or drugs.....these books are perfect 👍
people solving other people's​ problems in a nice interesting way.
highly recommend.

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  • yvonne spijkerman
  • 03-16-19

very entertaining

really enjoyed listening to the stories whilst relaxing. Brings back nice memories of our travels.