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    • The Department of Sensitive Crimes

    • Detective Varg, Book 1
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo introduced us to Scandi noir. Now, welcome to Alexander McCall Smith's world of Scandi blanc... Ulf Varg works in Malmo's Department of Sensitive Crimes. Like all Scandinavian detectives he has his issues. In his case these include his unresolved feelings for his colleague, Anna; his impatience over the seeming incompetence of his irritating colleague Blomquist; and his concerns for the health of his hearing-impaired dog, Marten, the only dog in Sweden (and possibly all Scandinavia) who is able to lip-read (in Swedish).

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Charming Meander Leading Nowhere in Particular!

    • By Simon on 14-03-19

    Regular price: £27.99

    • 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 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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

    • 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    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
    • Another delightfully gentle read

    • By Smallbo on 17-10-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Detective Ulf Varg from the Department of Sensitive Crimes is often called upon to investigate unusual matters. But rarely is he asked to conduct an inquiry on behalf of his own family. Is such a thing ethical? Adding to Ulf's moral discomfort is the fact that he does not exactly see eye to eye with his younger brother Bjorn - a leading player in one of Sweden's right-wing parties, the Moderate Extremists. Still, family is family, so Ulf finds himself working to uncover the mole leaking secrets to a rival party, the Extreme Moderates. 

    Regular price: £13.99

    • 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 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140

    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
    • Fantastic story, fantastic narration, mic issues.

    • By David J James on 27-03-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

    • A 44 Scotland Street Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    As summer blooms in Edinburgh's gardens and Bertie Pollock's birthday appears on the horizon, all at 44 Scotland Street is not cake and sunshine. Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce's first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect holiday reading!

    • By C. Pattison on 05-05-15

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The Importance of Being Seven

    • 44 Scotland Street Series, Volume 6
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 41

    Despite inhabiting a great city renowned for its impeccable restraint, the extended family of 44 Scotland Street is trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence. Matthew and Elspeth receive startling – and expensive – news on a visit to the Infirmary, Angus and Domenica are contemplating an Italian ménage a trois, and even Big Lou is overheard discussing cosmetic surgery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Easy listening

    • By Mrs R. Sophia K. Smith on 15-08-18

    Regular price: £11.19

    • 44 Scotland Street

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 1
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 104

    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: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very entertaining

    • By yvonne spijkerman on 16-03-19

    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: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    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. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Cathy Kirk on 19-02-19

    Regular price: £17.99

    • Blue Shoes and Happiness

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 7
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Blue Shoes and Happiness brings more adventures for Precious Ramotswe and her fine assistant Mma Makutsi. They encounter a cobra in the office, complaints of faulty blood-pressure readings at the medical clinic, a superstitious group of farm workers, and it looks like Aunty Emang, advice columnist in the local newspaper, may not be what she seems.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • relaxing listening at its best

    • By petrajj on 26-01-19

    Regular price: £25.49

    • 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 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    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

    • Portuguese Irregular Verbs

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
    • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    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

    • 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 65
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    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

    • 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 300
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284

    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 Revolving Door of Life: 44 Scotland Street, Book 10

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    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, McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in The Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Revolving Door of Life

    • By Raquel moreno on 27-01-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • Corduroy Mansions

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 143
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteelly crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico. This is the home patch of - among others - a lovelorn literary agent, possibly the first ever nasty Liberal Democrat MP and Freddie de la Hay, an urbane terrier trained to be vegetarian and respectful of feline rights.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like chocolate for the ears.

    • By Vivien on 08-08-09

    Regular price: £16.99

    • 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 106
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 101

    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

    • Love over Scotland

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 3
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    With his characteristic warmth, inventiveness and brilliant wit, Alexander McCall Smith gives us more of the gloriously entertaining comings and goings at 44 Scotland Street, the Edinburgh townhouse. Six-year-old prodigy Bertie perseveres in his heroic struggle for truth and balanced good sense against his insufferable mother and her crony, the psychotherapist Dr Fairbairn, going as far as to make a short-lived bid for freedom on a trip to Paris with the Edinburgh youth orchestra.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable read

    • By Sara on 04-01-15

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Full Cupboard of Life

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 5
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Mma Ramotswe is still engaged to Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni and wonders when a day for the wedding will be named. But she is anxious to avoid putting too much pressure on her fiancé, for indeed he has other things on his mind - notably a frightening request from the pushy matron of the Orphan Farm. Mma Ramotswe herself has weighty matters to address. She has been approached by a wealthy lady and asked to check up on several suitors. Are these men just interested in her money?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoy the sunshine!

    • By Alathia on 19-03-16

    Regular price: £23.39

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