Precious Ramotswe Mysteries

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 112 ratings

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles for Ages Up to 8, 2013

Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn't it be nice to be a detective? This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious.

When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn't always right. She also learns how to be a detective.

©2012 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2012 Listening Library
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  • Book 1

    • The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

    • Book 1
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn't it be nice to be a detective? This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious. When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn't always right. She also learns how to be a detective.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A cultural gem I was glad to share with my kids

    • By Sara on 07-09-12

    Regular price: $10.50

    • Precious and the Monkeys

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    The delightful, enchanting story of Precious Ramotswe’s very first case, read by Adjoa Andoh. What would you do if someone was stealing things from your friends? Would you try and find out who the thief was? Once upon a time in Botswana in Africa, there was a little girl called Precious. She would grow up to be famous as Precious Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, but she had to solve her first mystery while still at school.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable Quick Listen

    • By sheila on 11-22-11

    Regular price: $3.81

  • Book 2

    • The Mystery of Meerkat Hill

    • Book 2
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Precious wants to be a detective when she grows up. She is always practicing at being a detective by asking questions and finding out about other people's lives. There are two new students in her class, a girl called Teb and a boy called Pontsho. She learns that they are brother and sister, and that Pontsho has a clever pet meerkat named Kosi. One day, Teb and Pontsho's family's cow disappears. Precious helps them look for clues to find the cow. But getting the cow back home will require some quick thinking and help from an unexpected source.

    Regular price: $10.50

    • Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries. Here in this delightful, new, enchanting tale for children, we see how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive private investigator we all know and love!

    Regular price: $7.01

  • Book 3

    • The Mystery of the Missing Lion

    • Book 3
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    Precious Ramotswe gets a very special treat. She gets a trip to visit her Aunty Bee at a safari camp. On her first day in camp, a new lion arrives. But this is no average lion: Teddy is an actor-lion who came with a film crew. When Teddy escapes, Precious and her resourceful new friend Khumo decide to use their detective skills to help track him. They will brave the wilds of the bush - and its hippos and crocodiles - as they try to find where Teddy has gone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a ride.. Loved it! Great narration.

    • By noga on 09-10-17

    Regular price: $10.50