To the Land of Long Lost Friends

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 20
Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (504 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the latest book in the widely beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance, but her inquiries will require an even more delicate touch than usual.

Mma Ramotswe reconnects with an old friend who has been having problems with her daughter. Though Precious feels compelled to lend a hand, she discovers that getting involved in family affairs is always a delicate proposition.

Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni finds himself embroiled in familial drama as well, when one of his clients asks for help evicting an unwanted houseguest who turns out to be the man's own brother. 

Elsewhere, Charlie and Fanwell are also involved in tricky matters of the heart, as Queenie-Queenie, Charlie's girlfriend, seems to have transferred her affections to Fanwell. It's up to Mma Makutsi to set things right, but she may be be too distracted by her nemesis Violet Sephotho, who has somehow been appointed to the board of a charity. What is Violet up to now? 

As all of these mysteries are unraveled, Mma Ramotswe and the entire No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency will be reminded of the value of tried-and-true wisdom - never judge a book by its cover.

©2019 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2019 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"How lovely to spend time again with Mma Precious Ramotswe, of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Thanks to the quiet performance of Lisette Lecat, series fans reconnect with a bevy of fully formed Botswana residents.... Sensitive writing, wry humor, and Lecat's deft performance make this choice listening." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Marvelous! I love this series!!

My favorite quote from this novel is, "Men are very fortunate that women are so understanding." After 51 years of marriage to a very understanding wife I can relate to that. Audible has classified the genre of the 20 novels in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series in various ways. It classifies TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS as humor. I would classify the entire series as modern detective mysteries or possibly as cozy mysteries. This series is set in the landlocked southern African nation of Botswana. The repeat characters are very well developed and each is wonderful. Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith spent much of his life in Botswana. If you are looking for fast paced thrillers, this series is not for you because life in Botswana is not fast paced. This series is about marvelous stories with great characters well told. South African Lisette Lecat narrates each novel in this series. She is incredibly good!

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A Visit to Botswana

Oh, how exciting, a new “No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” book. Number 20 in the series to be exact. Mma Ramotswe meets a friend at a wedding that the newspaper said died in a car accident. From this, master story teller Alexander McCall Smith weaves another interesting tale. The book is well written. The story meanders in the AMS style. It is so good to be visiting with my friends, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makati. AMS weaves humor, a moral dilemma and some action into a delightful tale. I just have to sit down with some bush tea and visit with my friends. I cannot wait for book number 21. The book is nine hours and five minutes. Lisette Lecat does an excellent job narrating the book. Lecat is an actress from South Africa and has narrated all the “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” books. She does a great job with all the various accents.

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How men and women are different!

Mma Potokwane uses her strength of character to cause many wrongs to be righted. Charlie’s basic honest nature rises to the surface and makes happiness for many. Mr. JLB Matakone shows the sensitivity of a strong man. And Mma Ramotswe is instrumental in happy resolutions across the board.

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good

this book was good as are all the books in this series! several of these books are great. they are my go to books. I've read all 20 in the series several times. I've also read all 20 of the 44 Scotland street series. the narrator is spectacular!

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Boring!

I have been an enthusuastic fan of this series. Not, however, of this latest. Too much philosphical musing and confusing meandering within the rather thin plot. Twice I thought I had somehow missed a segue, but, no, there was none. Just had to wait until I could pick up the storyline. Such as it was. I usually find these books charming. This one was just boring and often pointless despite attempts to make a point.

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20 books and still a delight

Oh my goodness, there’s a cliffhanger right at the start of the book. It’s an artifice that McCall Smith doesn’t seem to use much but it makes for such a good beginning. The mysteries still seem fresh and interesting. At long, long last it looks like Charlie’s character may finally grow up - at least a little.

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More of the wonderful story ....

To those who have yet to meet Mma Precious Ramotswe, you will develop a fine relationship with her and her compatriots in this latest telling of the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency. If you have not experienced these stories prior to this tale, you should really, really, go back and start with the first book. The stories are thoroughly enjoyable, and the narration is absolute perfection. Ms Lisette Lecat, who is from South Africa, gives the stories the lilt and inflection that only a person who is thoroughly familiar with the idioms of the area would have. I have read these books, and I have listened to them, and the Audible version is far, far better: some pronunciations are simply not transferable to the printed page ( such as the pronunciation of, ‘Mma’ ) and this narrator is perfectly suited to these wonderful stories.

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Slow but still lovely

This book moved slower than others in the series for me, but it still reminded me of the importance of being kind. Thanks to the author for this reminder.

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Another good visit with Mma Ramotswe and friends

Precious Ramotswe attends a wedding, and thinks she sees a ghost--an old friend whom she hadn't seen in years, and whose death had been reported in the newspaper months ago. It turns out the friend is very much alive, and the newspaper reported the death of a woman of the same name, and mistakenly used the wrong picture. The friends reconnect--and the friend, Calvinia, has a problem she'd like Mma Ramotswe to look into. Her daughter, an adult with a good job, has started avoiding her mother. Calvinia is hurt, and can't find out why her daughter has cut contact. Can Mma Ramotswe? Another old friend of Mma Ramotswe and Calvinia has apparently been swindled of all her money by a charismatic preacher. Meanwhile, a paying client wants the detectives to find out that her husband is having an affair. They are unable to oblige; he's taking math lessons. But is something else really going on? Charlie, who started as comic relief, has been developing into a real and worthwhile character, and makes a useful contribution in this case. Charlie also wants to marry his girlfriend, Queenie-Queenie, but her family is both rich, and rather traditional. Charlie has no cattle and no money, and Queenie-Queenie suggests that her brother give Charlie a job in his business. It might be an offer Charlie can't accept, even to be able to marry Queenie-Queenie. As we've come to expect, the issues here are not crime and danger, but moral choices, mutual respect, communication, and understanding. Both Charlie and Mma Makutsi are flawed but fundamentally decent people, trying to make the right choices. Mma Ramotswe, and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, on much stronger ground, nevertheless still find challenges from which to learn and grow. Mma Potokwane, matron of the orphan farm and reliable purveyor of fruitcake, provides a couple of rather different delights in this story, and demonstrates that you should never tick off someone who has successfully managed an orphan farm for many years. A very pleasant, enjoyable visit with old friends. Recommended. I bought this audiobook.

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The narration is killing me. Couldn’t you have found an authentic Botswana person? The narrator has a difficult time pronouncing the African names. Shameful.