The delightful 17th installment of the ever-popular, perennially best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
For years Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi - codirectors of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - have been helping people with the problems in their lives, but their partnership is tested by a curious case: a client who wants to rediscover the life she lost when she left Botswana 30 years ago.
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi soon find that the quest for the truth takes them in very different directions. Each is convinced she is on the right track - but what if they are both wrong?
Meanwhile Mma Ramotswe must extract Mr Polopetsi - part-time assistant detective - from a potential disaster with wide-reaching consequences; deal with a stray dog that Fanwell, the gentle mechanic, has brought into their lives; and cope with the agency's archenemy, Violet Sephotho.
Steeped in the heat of summer in Botswana and packed with intrigue, this heartfelt tale of friendship under pressure reveals how coming to terms with the past may be the only way to face the future.
©2016 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." (New York Times Book Review)
"Enchanting.... An inspiration to us all.... The sweet, chuckling voice of Precious Ramotswe falls gentle on the ear." (Publishers Weekly)
I love all these books and Mma Ramotswe is my hero. They just get better and better.
And Adjoa Andoh characterises so well! Her voice is soothing and very adaptable, and she conveys emotions brilliantly. She really captures the heart and spirit of the No 1 ladies Detective Agency. Thankyou
Having created such a strong character as Precious Ramotswe, and found a highly convincing way of making the reader feel immersed in the world of Botswana, every Alexander McCall Smith No1 Ladies Detective Agency noval is a pleasurable experience precisely because of that solid foundation. Like meeting old friends for dinner once a year. The trouble is that one finds oneself struggling to stay interested beyond the cultural quirks of the characters conversations and no doubt accurately researched details of weather, food etc. As if you've already heard what your once a year friends have to say last year and probably several times before that. The bottom line with this episode is that the storyline is pretty thin, there are no truly surprising twists and no new departures in terms of the central relationship between Precious and Grace. By no means a bad read but if this is your first encounter with Mma Ramotswe, you might not go on enthusiastically to tackle all the other adventures - which would be a pity
Old friends Precious and Grace are back to do not a great deal but allow you time to be transported to the heat and leisurely pace of life in Botswana. As with all the Ladies Detective Agency episodes there are some deep thoughts disguised as chatter over tea and a slice of Mme Potakwani's fruitcake. Adjoa Andoh narration was excellent.
These books are my way of returning to my roots, easing the longing in my heart 😊
Not much to say if u already know the work of Alexander McallC but moreover the narrator Anjoh Doah makes the characters come alive!!!
I always enjoy stories about Precious Ramotswa - the gentle philosophising, the innate dignity and the satisfactory conclusions. This is another of those stories. The narrator Adjoa Andoh really makes the characters more credible than ever. Loved it!
Really enjoy this series and the only downside of listening is knowing that there will be a wait for the next book! Love the narration by Adjoa Andoh !! Transports me to Botswana and brings all the characters to life.
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