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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"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)

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Another delightful trip to Botswana

Adjoa Andoh always makes the wonderful world of Mma Ramotswe come alive so convincingly. After 17 books the Botswana of Alexander McCall Smith offers a glorious, if fictitious, refuge from the stress and disappointments of life in cold grey Britain and the intolerance of Brexit. If only Mma Ramotswe could replace Theresa May our problems would soon be solved!

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Fabulous!

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

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Another one as good as the others

If you liked all of these stories in the earlier part of the series you will like this too. Some very comforting as well as thought provoking themes, not really a typical detective novel but a gentle and humorous exploration of the human condition on a backdrop of a remote and exotic country in Africa which in human terms could not be more near to us.

Adjoa Andoh's reading is perfect. It is really believable and adds another layer to the text. I could not imagine any narrator for this series but this one. The reading itself is a work of art within a work of art.

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Another warm hug of a listen

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.

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excellent

quality listening, it is so pleasant to be transported tho the gentle ways of Botswana Thank you to Author reader

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another amazing story from Alexander McCall

Not much to say if u already know the work of Alexander McallC but moreover the narrator Anjoh Doah makes the characters come alive!!!

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A joy

So well written
So well read
A very thoughtful read. Leaving me with uplifted mind
Some wise philosophy. Gently put

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Wonderful

Yet another delightful tale about the Ladies' First Detective Agency with appearances by all our favourite characters.
More, please, Mr A Mc Smith.

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African sunshine

I love these books and this one was every bit as good as the previous ones. The characters are larger than life - Precious is precious!

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Lovely book

I really love these stories of Botswana. The reader is perfect and enhances the enjoyment.

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