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Summary

The latest instalment of the beloved and best-selling series - as endearing and delectable as ever!

Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, so at Mma Makutsi’s suggestion, Mma Ramotswe is persuaded to take her first-ever holiday. But just as she’s about to depart, a new client arrives: a young woman whose father was considered a hero in Botswana but whose reputation is now being called into question.

Mma Ramotswe almost cancels her trip, but Mma Makutsi is adamant that she and Charlie have the situation in hand. Precious can’t relax, however, if she doesn’t know what’s going on at the agency, so she enlists Charlie to be her eyes and ears while she’s away. But Charlie may not be an altogether reliable emissary, particularly with much of his attention devoted to his newly adopted dog.

In the end it’s an investigation that will affect everyone at the agency and a reminder for us all that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion.

©2015 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2015 Bolinda

Critic reviews

"Enchanting.... An inspiration to us all.... The sweet, chuckling voice of Precious Ramotswe falls gentle on the ear." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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Always a pleasure

I always enjoy stories about Precious Ramotswe but this is the first audible book I have listened to. I have to say that the narrator is superb. I live in Africa so I know good southern African accents when I hear them and she was outstanding, not only with accents with the characterizations as well. An excellent listen!

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Fruit cake and feminism

Transported to Botswana again for another wonderful, familiar tale from the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. I don't know how Alexander McCall Smith comes up with so many different scenarios with the same characters but these books never get boring, this one has a particularly unexpected twist! Narrated as usual by Adjoa Andoh who gets all the voices spot on. Fans will not be disappointed.

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excellent story and so well read.

An excellent story that may seem slow at first but builds and builds and well worth the wait. So well read. Better than reading yourself! Anytime anywhere. Brilliant.

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very enjoyable

first one of these I've listened to and enjoyed very much.
Worth the time. hil

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Review for The women who walked in the sunshine. No.1 Ladies Detective Agency book 16

Fantastic.
Loved it. Please do Manet many more.
They have all been great.
Very relaxing to.

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Excellent !!

As always a good and lighthearted story. With interesting facts about Botswana threaded through it.

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Classic Ma Ramotswe with a conscience

McCall Smith does it again. What is it to live the good life? When Ma Ramotswe meets the street urchin Samuel we find out. To live the good life is not to prejudge those we meet, but to walk alongside.
This is a great listen. It would be difficult to finish this book without becoming a better person.

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Lovely

This gentle saga continues to bring a little light in the listener's life. This time with a gentle twist.

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Another Exceptional Read!

Yet another very exceptional tale of Mma Ramotswe's Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency in Botswana.

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Good to get another MA Ramotswe

Great to get a regular update of these positive well informed and wonderfully performed stories . For those of us who live in and know Africa they give us hope . This one isn't as skilful as others have been sadly It kinda meanders about looking for a central theme . But I wouldn't have missed it . Here's to the next , hope that's as much fun.

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  • 10-05-17

A story with a heart in Botswana

I find this whole series wonderful. The characters are finely drawn, full of heart and humour. It is best to read this series in order, as there is progression in the way the main characters are introduced and relate to one another, but each book can stand alone and no background knowledge is required.
In this book Mma Ramotswe takes a holiday. She is not sure if she wants a holiday. What will she do with all her free time? Reorganise the grocery cupboard? Gossip with the other "ladies of leasure"? Can she trust Mma Makutsi do handle the agency's investigations properly? And can she stay away from solving mysteries?
Rest assured that anything that Mma Ramotswe decides to do will interest and entertain you. I found myself relating to everything, even to the grocery cupboard.
I must also add that the narrator is absolutely superb. Her accents are just right, never exaggerated or patronising, and the characters are clear and distinct.

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  • 11-08-16

Deceptively subtle

The author never disappoints despite writing about totally different cultures honestly but sympathetically. He seems to be able in what may be parts of a conversation transport the reader from the dusty streets of Botswana to the old and rarefied world of Edinburgh st.