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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. And the same goes for Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe's feisty assistant, who also makes certain discoveries about her own past that cause some surprise.

The placid world of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is further disturbed by the arrival in Gaborone of somebody whom Mma Ramotswe - and Mr JLB Matekoni, for that matter - definitely do not want to see. Of course calm eventually prevails - as it always does in the timeless world of these remarkable ladies.

Fans around the world adore the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this delightful series, Mma Ramotswe - with help from her loyal co-director, Mma Makutsi - navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humour and the occasional cup of tea.

©2017 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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The narrator very successfully captures the African pronunciation and flavour of McCall Smiths text .

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Intriguing new storylines

I loved this latest addition to the No. 1 Ladies Detective series. Without giving anything away, it centres on a most intriguing new development in Mma Ramotswe’s story, and of course has a juicy mystery to solve. Adjoa Andoh’s performance is, as always, impeccable. Her differentiation of the characters’ voices is masterful and so entertaining. I strongly recommend The House of Unexpected Sisters.

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Difficult to understand would rather read the book

I love these books and was looking forward to this one.
However although it was read extremely well with proper accents and all I found it hard to understand some of the speech. I would rather read it myself but have low vision and maybe I can't do that.

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A lovely visit to Botswana

I absolutely enjoyed this audio book and recommend it to all fans of the Number 1 ladies detective agency.

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  • Nosizwe Martin
  • 18-09-2019

A little bit more research on accents needed

This story is typical of AMS, but the narrator’s accent, intonation and cadence was more Nigerian than Tswana. A pity. A pity, too, that she did not learn how certain expressions are made, as that was glaringly missing. I chose to overlook most of that, as it’s a good story, in the usual AMS style, but Charlie’s voice was....can’t sugar-coat it!....just awful! No man ever sounds like that, least of all a ladies-man!

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  • Vicki
  • 29-08-2019

Traditionally built satisfaction

Since beginning this wonderful series I am sure I have become just a little Botswanian! Who could not be be wistful about cattle, Acacia trees and little white vans? I know I have become a little more 'traditionally built' since starting this series and I may even have been heard to whisper to my shoes occasionally! What Joy these books are and what a masterful job Adjoa Andoh does of bringing it all to life. I will mourn the day I have to say goodbye!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-2018

Excellent

Excellent reader of a good book. Always a pleasure to hear about Mma Ramotswe and this book was no different.

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  • Ozzie
  • 11-05-2018

Great book!

Another wonderful book about the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Love all Alexander McCall Smith's ... they are so entertaining and his characters' observations on life give much food for thought. Congratulations to Adjoa Andoh - she is such a talented narrator. I'm always sorry even I get to the end of the books.

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  • M BeeH
  • 05-11-2017

Superb as usual

If you you enjoy Number One Ladies detective Agency you will not be disappointed. Fantastic performance and lovely story. Very satisfying.

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  • Happy Grandma
  • 26-10-2017

Heartwarming Stories from a wonderful author.

I love every single detail in the stories about lovely Precious Ramotswe. These are books I can let my grandchildren read without worrying about inappropriate content. Thank you Mr McCall Smith.

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  • Rachel Jane Baddeley
  • 18-10-2017

Delightful

As usual, this book, the most recent book in the no 1 Ladies Detective series, has been a delightful listen. Fresh, down to earth and totally entertaining. 👌👏

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  • anne
  • 12-10-2017

Another gem.

Another gentle, entertaining mystery from Botswana. All our usual characters are there, dealing with everyday life and the occasional perplexing situation that must be resolved so everyone can go back to living on the edge of the Kalahari desert. A place where good manners and traditions still matter. I can always rely on Alexander McColl smith to create a calming book full of so much atmosphere and respect for Botswana and it’s people, a mystery but with a high feel good factor. I feel so charmed by the way he writes of this country that I fully intend to visit it. I’m just sorry I won’t be meeting the characters from this series of books there, or perhaps they will be there but with different names!

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  • Meg
  • 06-10-2017

Loved it.

Really enjoy this series and hope he keeps writing it, with the same narrator please x

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  • Annette Jones
  • 28-11-2020

Delightful with a few lovely surprises

Another delightful book, wonderfully narrated by Adjoa Andoh. I love Mma Ramotswe's patience when it comes to Grace "I'm never wrong" Mkutsi. Probably because Precious is comfortable with whom she is, and Grace is driven by titles, success and her 97% Botswana Secretarial College qualification.

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  • N. A. Schofield
  • 01-05-2020

can't wait

I can not wait to start the next book in this fabulous series of books

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  • Martha Beene
  • 15-04-2020

with such depth and subtlety

I cannot find the right words
This has been an incredible experience
Thank you Alexander to the incredible narration

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  • Katy Dee
  • 10-04-2020

Lovely gentle story

Not a lot goes on just a nice gentle story with a bit of a scandal and a predictable outcome , still love all the characters though and the description of the country and people who live there. Comforting in these unpredictable times.

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  • SLA
  • 05-04-2020

Enjoyable as always

Another excellent installment in this delightful series. Mme Ramotswe's neverending patience with the ascerbic Mme Makutsi never fails to amaze me!

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