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Publisher's Summary

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.

'The Return of Note': When Precious Ramotswe's ex-husband turns up to cause trouble, she finds an unlikely ally.

'The Ceremony': Precious works her way through a list of her own problems. But will the return of an old love jeopardise her romantic plans?

'There Is No Such Thing as Free Food': Precious is preoccupied both professionally and personally by the subject of food.

'The Best Profession for a Blackmailer': Mr Polopetsi, part-time mechanic and would-be assistant detective, takes on a case of his own while Mma Makutsi finds out if blue shoes are the key to happiness.

'A Very Rude Woman': Precious faces change at the agency while Mr J. L. B. Matekoni meets the rudest person in all Botswana.

'Talking Shoes': A new detective takes on a case for the agency while Mma Ramotswe, among others, has a problem with high blood pressure.

Starring Claire Benedict as Mma Ramotswe and Nadine Marshall as Mme Makutsi, these dramatisations will appeal to all fans of the engaging lady detective.

©2018 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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"This full-cast production will charm listeners whether they already know and love these stories or are hearing them for the first time." (Audiofile Magazine)

What listeners say about The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook, Vol.2

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A slice of listening delight

I loved every minute. The dramatisations are wonderful. The humour as usual is delightful. The stories seem to be enhanced by the production.

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  • Kerry Muir
  • 25-10-2020

Loved it!

I have been a fan of these books for such a long time. To be able to relax and listen to the dramatised versions is a bonus.

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  • Diana
  • 21-01-2018

Short story versions of the many (18 so far) books

I really enjoyed these short stories that were pulled from the 18 (so far) books and portrayed by talented voice actors. They were not as detailed as the books, obviously, since there is a much shorter time to play out the threads of the stories.

For a fan of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective series, this is a treat and a revisit with beloved characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-2021

Great story line

Love the story line... Really do not understand why they did not complete the acting series...
Anyways... The book is way more exciting and worthy of a listen

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  • Marcy
  • 26-01-2021

Delightful

The characters are so good natured and kind. The speech is beautiful and nice to the ear. The sound effects (typewriters, cooking, car engines) and the singing at the open and close of each chapter are enjoyable. There is humor and humanity. Just loved it as escape to a gentler way of being than in US in 2021.

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  • Charlene Edgerton
  • 06-11-2020

You won’t regret

I love this it is one of my favorite that I listen to over and over. The reading made you feel like you were right in the room.

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  • ArizonaBorn
  • 26-02-2020

Ladies No. 1

I read the first 5 books in the series YEARS ago. I enjoyed the few episodes of the show but didn't get to watch all. I was delighted to find the titles. And, thoroughly enjoyed the first book.

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  • 15-02-2019

Not as great as the first one

This one wasn’t as great as the first but still decent to listen to, now on to number three!

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  • Katharine
  • 23-12-2018

Such a delight!

If you love the books, and the HBO series, and you still yearn for something more, than you will probably enjoy this radio program. It treats familiar material in a new way.

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  • Nigel
  • 08-01-2018

Great performances by the actors, scripts so-so

Previously these were available in four separate releases, volumes 5-8.

Whilst the stories/ scripts are basic and slow, they are still enjoyable as don’t require your full attention 100% of the time. A little light relief. If they were a music genre, it would be ‘Easy Listening’. And no, that is not a criticism.

Will I listen to Casebook Volume 3 - whenever it is released? Yes, it has a vibe which reminds me of the BBC TV series ‘Death in Paradise’; warm, cosy and friendly. It is a nice change from having to follow a complicated plot.

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You may notice that the actor who plays Mr JLB Matekoni seems different during the course of the eight stories; first four are voiced by Joseph Marcell, the others by Ben Onwukwe. Shame as I much preferred/ got used to Joseph Marcell playing the part.

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  • Pamela
  • 18-01-2019

Totally Delightful

I love these stories and they are marvelously portrayed by the cast. What a treat! These are warm and comforting stories full of the richness of humanity.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-01-2021

Perfect medicine for the homesick!

This is perfect if you're missing the African sun, sounds and people. Almost like being there!

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  • Steph H
  • 04-07-2020

Very enjoyable

lovely gentle listen, crime drama in Botswana with plenty of red bush tea and fruit cake

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  • N. A. Schofield
  • 26-03-2020

fantastic

fantastic listening, it's a great series of books and radio plays. well worth listening too

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