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    • The Department of Sensitive Crimes

    • A Detective Varg Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    The Department of Sensitive Crimes takes on three extremely strange cases. First, the detectives investigate how and why a local business owner was stabbed...in the back of the knee. Next, a young woman's imaginary boyfriend goes missing. And, in the final investigation, they must determine whether nocturnal visitations at a local spa have a supernatural element. Using his renowned wit and warmth, Alexander McCall Smith brings a unique perspective on Scandinavian crime. Equal parts hilarious and heartening, The Department of Sensitive Crimes is a tour de farce from a literary master.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Colors of All the Cattle

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 459
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 425
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 421

    When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the city council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Jean on 11-15-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,281
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,637
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,642

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Transcends its Genre

    • By Gene on 12-07-03

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The House of Unexpected Sisters

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 862
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 783
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 772

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 18th novel and I'm still enchanted and addicted!

    • By Wayne on 11-11-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 984
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 985

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This series + this narrater = great entertainment

    • By Rugbysmom on 04-12-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 942
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 938

    Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The promise of a week of uninterrupted peace is short-lived, however, when she meets a young boy named Samuel, a troublemaker who is himself in some trouble. Once she learns more about Samuel's sad story, Mma Ramotswe feels compelled to step in and help him find his way out of a bad situation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The busiest vacation ever

    • By Pamela J on 01-15-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Tears of the Giraffe

    • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A tender tale, sweetly told

    • By Barbara on 08-30-05

    Regular price: $17.49

    • My Italian Bulldozer

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Timothy Ackroyd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 267
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 242

    When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available, it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Suffused with Wisdom and Humor

    • By SW Clemens on 04-17-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Devotion of Suspect X

    • By: Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith Translated by
    • Narrated by: David Pittu
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 960
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 642
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 644

    Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship.

    • By Howard on 02-13-11

    Regular price: $20.99

    • 44 Scotland Street

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,346
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,024
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,023

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Smith's answer to Maupin

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-05

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Precious and Grace

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 17
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 862
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 791
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 788

    Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The codirector of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, as he is newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best in the series

    • By Pamela J on 11-01-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,193
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,380
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,368

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Listen

    • By Nancy on 06-17-05

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Quiet Side of Passion

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 135

    Isabel Dalhousie grapples with complex matters of the heart as she tries to juggle her responsibilities to friends, family, and the philosophical community. With two small boys to raise, a mountain or articles to edit for the Review of Applied Ethics, and the ever-increasing demands of her niece, Cat, who always seems to need a helping hand at the deli, Isabel barely has any time for herself. Her husband, Jamie, suggests acquiring extra help, and she reluctantly agrees. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wish publishers would publish more intellectual women’s mysteries

    • By Alexis☺ on 08-04-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175

     Val Eliot, a young woman working on an English farm during the war, meets Mike, a US Air Force pilot stationed nearby. When Val rescues a Border Collie named Peter Woodhouse, who is being mistreated by his owner, she realizes the dog would actually be safer with Mike. And so Peter Woodhouse finds a new home on the air force base, and Val finds herself falling in love.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful

    • By T. Bellan on 04-23-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051

    Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First, she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Comfort, Comfort, Comfort

    • By Carole T. on 02-06-14

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 827
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 749
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 737

    In this delightful 15th installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can't quite meet all the demands of running a business - not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What Happened to Lisette Lecat?

    • By Eva Gannon on 01-04-15

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Kalahari Typing School for Men

    • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 710
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 711

    Precious Ramotswe's comfortable existence as the only detective in Botswana is suddenly rattled when the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency opens, and its brochure proclaims, "Don't take any chances! Entrust your enquiries to a MAN!" As if the development isn't enough, Mma Ramotswe has also taken on two difficult cases, one of which hits close to home. But with wisdom on her side, Mma Ramotswe figures to crack both cases and upstage her competition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Audiobooks don't get any better than this

    • By Richard on 07-15-04

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Forty Acres

    • By: Dwayne Alexander Smith
    • Narrated by: Andre Blake
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 426
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 380
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 380

    Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He's dazzled by what they've accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Dreadful

    • By ilike2smize on 04-02-16

    Regular price: $22.67

    • A Time of Love and Tartan

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 308
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306

    When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore. Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love this series

    • By cyndyloowhoo on 02-08-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

    • A 44 Scotland Street Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 555
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 504
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 502

    Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce’s first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll. But fate, an amorous Bedouin, and the Dubai Tourist Authority conspire to transport Bertie's mother, Irene, to a warmer--if not a better--place.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bertie turns seven!!!!

    • By Lynne F on 02-20-15

    Regular price: $27.99

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