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    • The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 1
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132

    Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J.L.B. Maketoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than on television!

    • By Dorothy on 19-07-09

    Regular price: £24.69

    • The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 16

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Always a pleasure

    • By Janice on 15-07-16

    Regular price: £34.99

    • The Colours of all the Cattle

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 19
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    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. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My yearly dose of delight with Ma Ramotswe

    • By Rachel Jane Baddeley on 23-10-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook

    • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Claire Benedict, full cast
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's only female private detective agency, have become international best sellers. These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books to life. In these eight episodes, Mma Ramotswe takes on her first case - and a new secretary; tries to solve a bone mystery; tackles a domestic drama and a doctor's erratic behaviour; and investigates the case of a missing American.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love the simplicity of the stories.

    • By Lina on 23-07-17

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The House of Unexpected Sisters

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 18
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    The latest instalment of the irresistibly charming, perennially best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Precious Ramotswe has always idolised her father, the late Obed Ramotswe. She feels that she knows all about his life - but does she? Sometimes our parents surprise us, and we discover that things were not quite what we thought them to be.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb as usual

    • By M BeeH on 05-11-17

    Regular price: £27.99

    • 44 Scotland Street

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 1
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 96

    The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A gentle read full of delicious humour

    • By Louise on 02-03-12

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.3

    • Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Claire Benedict, full cast, Nadine Marshall
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Another seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas, written and adapted by Alexander McCall Smith from his own best-selling series. A third outstanding collection of stories featuring Botswana’s only female private detective agency, run by the irrepressible Precious Ramotswe. Based on the hugely popular novels and brought to life with music and full casts, these evocative productions return us to Botswana, where Precious has more mysteries to solve.

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.4

    • Eight BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: full cast, Nadine Marshall, Claire Benedict
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier - and only - lady detective, is back with another batch of unusual cases. In these eight episodes, she receives a visit from a very important person; helps out Mma Potokwani, who has had bad news at the Orphan Farm; looks into who is orchestrating a campaign against Mma Soleti; and welcomes a new arrival - while righting an old wrong. Plus, Mr JLB Matekoni’s apprentice gets into trouble; Mma Makutsi is hiding a secret; and Mma Ramotswe tries to come to terms with one of the trickiest situations she has ever faced: taking a holiday. 

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Wayward daughters. Missing husbands. Philandering partners. Curious con men. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Mma Ramotswe, Botswana's only female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple's, but she's got warmth, wit, and canny intuition on her side - not to mention Mr J.L.B. Maketoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Feelgood story

    • By Claudia on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £10.49

    • A Time of Love and Tartan

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 12
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    If only Pat Macgregor had an inkling of the embarrassment - romantic, professional, even aesthetic - that flowed from accepting narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce Anderson's invitation for coffee, she would never have said yes. And if only Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, hadn't wandered into his local bookshop and picked up a particular book at a particular time, he would never have knocked over his former English teacher or attracted the attentions of the police.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • marvellous!

    • By "julietdawn" on 11-12-18

    Regular price: £34.99

    • The Bertie Project

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 11
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another installment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in the Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'd give 10* if I could!

    • By Jill Besterman on 19-08-16

    Regular price: £34.99

    • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    It is a troublesome fact on which even Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree: there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. It is unfortunate, for example, when Mma Ramotswe's newest client is the owner of the ailing Kalahari Swoopers, that one thing lady detectives know little about is football.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By DT teacher on 27-10-18

    Regular price: £16.49

    • Precious and Grace

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 17
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 273

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another delightful trip to Botswana

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-05-17

    Regular price: £27.99

    • Espresso Tales

    • 44 Scotland Street Volume 2
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Alexander McCall Smith returns once again to his favourite fictitious house, set in a real street in Edinburgh. First published in 110 episodes in The Scotsman newspaper, this is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very entertaining

    • By Witty on 04-04-17

    Regular price: £11.19

    • The Quiet Side of Passion

    • Isabel Dalhousie, Book 12
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Karlyn Stephen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    It is summer in Edinburgh, and Isabel Dalhousie is once again caught between ‘gossip’ and significant rumour. It is none of her business that Patricia, the mother of her son Charlie’s little friend Basil, is estranged from Basil’s father or that the woman has a somewhat brazen attitude to childcare. And yet, it is curious. Isabel, however, has much else on her mind as editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. Along with the work involved for its impending next issue, she really needs to get her house in order and tend to the demands of her niece, Cat. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A typical Isabel Dalhousie story, warm and gentle

    • By A Wagener on 27-08-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • Sunshine on Scotland Street

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 8
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Scotland Street witnesses the wedding of the century of Angus Lordie to Domenica Macdonald, but as the newlyweds depart on honeymoon Edinburgh is in disarray. Recovering from the trauma of being best man, Matthew is taken up by a Dane called Bo, while Cyril eludes his dog-sitter and embarks on an odyssey involving fox-holes and the official residence of a cardinal. Narcissist Bruce meets his match in the form of a sinister doppelganger; Bertie, set up by his mother for fresh embarrassment at school, yearns for freedom; and Big Lou goes viral.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderfully enjoyable

    • By Danish Pastry on 08-09-18

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Portuguese Irregular Verbs

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
    • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has turned his hand to humour. The delightful result is a creation of comic genius. For in the unnaturally tall form of Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, we are invited to meet a memorable character whose sublime insouciance is a blend of the cultivated pomposity of Frasier Crane and of Inspecteur Clouseau's hapless gaucherie.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hugh Laurie is a joy to listen to

    • By Maybelle on 01-01-11

    Regular price: £9.79

    • 44 Scotland Street: Series 1-3

    • Full-cast radio adaptations of the much-loved novels
    • By: Alexander McCall-Smith
    • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Carol Ann Crawford, full cast
    • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Anthropologist Domenica MacDonald observes the lives of her neighbours and the neighbourhood in Edinburgh's New Town. Pat, a new young tenant, arrives at 44 Scotland Street to flat share with Bruce. Bruce is a surveyor with more of an eye for the ladies than a sound property. We're introduced to five-year-old Bertie, who is controlled by his pretentious and intellectual mother, Irene - he's learning the saxophone, speaks Italian, and is extremely knowledgeable about many subjects.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superdoopa

    • By ALAN on 20-10-17

    Regular price: £13.99

    • The Charming Quirks of Others

    • Sunday Philosophy Club, Book 7
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and curious observer of the behaviour of her fellow man, is approached by a friend at a local boarding school that is planning to appoint a new headmaster; an anonymous letter has arrived suggesting that one of the shortlisted candidates has a compromising past. But which one is it? Isabel is once again drawn into an investigation, and finds herself exploring dilemmas of human weakness and forgiveness.

    Regular price: £11.19

    • The Careful Use of Compliments

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    For philosophically-minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful thought. And whilst juggling the arrival of baby Charlie, a passionate relationship with his father Jamie, a truce with her furious niece Cat, and struggles for authority over her son with her formidable housekeeper Grace, Isabel finds herself drawn into the story of a painter's mysterious death off the island of Jura.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Careful Use of Compliments

    • By Alison on 07-01-17

    Regular price: £15.59

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