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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 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    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
    • A Pleasant Renewal of an Old Aquaintance

    • By Frances on 12-09-09

    Regular price: £24.69

    • Tears of the Giraffe

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 2
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Meet the one and only Precious Ramotswe - the engaging and sassy owner of Botswana's only detective agency. Mma Ramotswe is facing a new challenge: resolving a mother's pain for her son who is long lost on the African plains. Mma's own impending marriage to the most gentlemanly of men, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, the promotion of her secretary to the dizzy heights of assistant detective, and the arrival of new members to the Matekoni family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A worthy sequel

    • By Frances on 30-10-09

    Regular price: £23.39

    • Morality for Beautiful Girls

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 3
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Mma Ramotswe, daughter of the late Obed Ramotswe, is now the announced fiancée of Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. It is a fine match; she is the founder and owner of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and he is the proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. But Precious Ramotswe is not as happy as she should be under the circumstances. The Detective Agency is struggling with its finances and Mr J. L. B. Matekoni is unusually low and neglecting his garage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen...

    • By Carole on 30-09-10

    Regular price: £23.39

    • 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
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    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. 

    Regular price: £27.99

    • The Kalahari Typing School for Men

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 4
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Precious Ramotswe is continuing to run her detective agency from the garage of her fiancé, Mr J. L. B. Matakoni. Plans for their wedding need to be made - but when, if ever, will they wed? Intriguing cases present themselves and Mma Ramotswe juggles new clients with her usual formidable talent. However, when her first-class assistant Mma Makutsi decides to expand the agency by opening a much-needed typing school for men, things become complicated.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Continuing to be pleasant

    • By Amazon Customer on 17-05-18

    Regular price: £23.39

    • 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 242
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217

    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 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 119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    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

    • The Novel Habits of Happiness: Isabel Dalhousie, Book 10

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Karlyn Stephen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 77

    From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland which he couldn't possibly know and a house there where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must - of course! - help them learn the truth, and she and her husband, Jamie, set off for the island.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting story.

    • By B. Maver on 21-09-17

    Regular price: £24.49

    • 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 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    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

    • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting

    • By Shirley on 04-09-16

    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 283
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 268

    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

    • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

    • Book 14 in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and their eternal cycle, upheaval is taking place at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband but, following her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi has joyful news.With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A pleasure to listen to

    • By Jan on 13-12-13

    Regular price: £16.99

    • 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 112
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    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 Double Comfort Safari Club

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are called to a safari lodge in Botswana's Okavango Delta to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest. The Okavango makes Precious appreciate once again the beauty of her homeland: it is a paradise of teeming wildlife, majestic grasslands and sparkling water.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Jane on 01-12-15

    Regular price: £13.29

    • The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 15
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    Even the arrival of her baby can't hold Mma Makutsi back from success in the workplace, and so no sooner than she becomes a full partner in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - in spite of Mma Ramotswe's belated claims that she is only 'an assistant full partner' - she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man's De Luxe Café. Grace Makutsi is a lady with a business plan, but who could predict temperamental chefs, drunken waiters, and more?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why a change in pronunciation of Phuti's name?

    • By Jenny J on 30-01-16

    Regular price: £18.99

    • 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

    • The Miracle at Speedy Motors

    • No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    It has never occurred to Precious Ramotswe, as she discusses over cups of bush tea with her associate Mma Makutsi such important matters as the afterlife and the purchase of a fine new bed with a heart-shaped headboard, that there may be disadvantages to being the best-known lady detective in Botswana.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Carries on as a good feel listen

    • By Sandra on 10-05-08

    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 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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 Anonymous User on 27-08-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • 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 21
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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 No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook, Vol.2

    • Eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: full cast, Nadine Marshall, Claire Benedict
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14

    A second collection of eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations based on the popular books by Alexander McCall Smith. 'How to Handle Men Through the Application of Psychology': Precious Ramotswe sets out to release her fiancé from a terrifying obligation, and a new case sparks a love quest. 'House of Hope': Precious and her assistant visit some bad girls as part of their mission to find a husband for their client, but Precious has some marriage problems of her own....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great performances by the actors, scripts so-so

    • By Nigel on 08-01-18

    Regular price: £17.99

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