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In the latest book in the widely beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance and finds that family relationships are always a tricky proposition - even for Botswana's premier female detective.

Mma Ramotswe has reconnected 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 affair. The young woman appears to be involved with a charismatic preacher. But are his ministrations entirely of a godly nature?

Elsewhere, Charlie is also struggling with a tricky matter of the heart. He wishes to propose to his girlfriend, Queenie-Queenie, but he's struggling to come up with a bride price that will impress her father. When Queenie-Queenie's brother offers to help by giving him a job, the offer may not be quite what Charlie expected.

As always, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni will offer wise counsel, Mma Makutsi will weigh in with her opinions, and Mma Potokwane will be there with her welcome fruit cake. But in the end it will be up to Mma Ramotswe to reflect on love, family, and the nature of men and women in order to resolve family dramas and remind everyone about all the good things they have in life - so many, in fact, that it would take far too long to count them.  

©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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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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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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Wonderful

I have listened to all of this series during the pandemic. Started the first one in Jan. and finished this one today. I have loved these books and I will miss it. It is a wonderful book and series where you root for the good guys and are happy when the bad guys are caught. A great book where you just feel good listening to it. In a world where everything is doom and gloom, this book and series made me laugh. I will miss all of the characters. I hope the little white van lasts forever! Lisette Lecat does an amazing job! I love her R’s and I will miss her voice. I am sad to see this series come to an end.

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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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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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Skip this one.

I'm sorry to say it, but don't waste your money. Except for the as-always perfect narration, this book was not ready for release. It reads like a first draft, starting and stopping threads for no reason. There is far too much inner dialogue, and it is not always coherent. The plots are resolved simplistically and abruptly. McCall Smith is one of my favorite authors of my entire life, and it hurts to have to say these things about a book of his.

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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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Another adventure with friends

Angela

I love No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency audiobooks! Lisette LeCat is an amazing narrator and Alexander McCall Smith provides such a smooth story that time flies. It has been a pleasure to watch these friends grow together. Some hoped for (from the last book) fun developments!

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