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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,428 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Lisette Lecat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781436100922
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Precious Ramotswe prides herself on solving mysteries, but they're not supposed to happen to her! This time, she is beset by problems. An intruder invades her house. And a visitor from her past forces her to confront a secret of her own. Finally, her husb Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Examines the mystery of human relationships and the power of goodness in our lives…McCall Smith’s Africa, land of mopipi trees and lebolobolo snakes, feels both exotic and deeply familiar.”

    People

  • “This sweet, sage novel will leave you feeling calmer and more centered by the time you’re through.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Another winner, brimming with poetic descriptions of Botswana, pitch-perfect assessments of human foibles, and sensible resolutions reached over steaming cups of bush tea. By turns laugh-out-loud funny and quietly profound, these life-affirming mysteries are fine company, indeed.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The finest hour yet for Botswana’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency…Smith maintains the most civilized standards in the annals of detective fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/6/2014

    " Different continent for me. Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 eva steele-saccio | 2/5/2014

    " This is not quite as good as the others, but satisfying nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev Scott | 2/3/2014

    " This was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in the series. In fact I'd say that it is my second favorite, next to the first vilume. The depth of emotion and and instances of anticipation surpass all of the other volumes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miss Leacock | 1/30/2014

    " I really love this series. I love the characters, I love the setting, I love the plot, I love the writing style -- this series is literary perfection! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 1/29/2014

    " I just love this series of Alexander's books. Each one just transports you to the dusty roads, slow-moving town and people of Gabarone. A few new characters entered this book who I hope remain, one being the man who will be Mma Makutsi's husband. Also Alexander ends his books with a great life lesson......."and now there was somebody to whom she could give this love, and that, she knew was good; for that is what redeems us, that is what makes our pain and sorrow bearable - this giving of love to others, this sharing of the heart." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 1/23/2014

    " Another sweet bok with great characters and some good laughs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 1/21/2014

    " One of the better ones in the series. More drama, mystery and interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 1/18/2014

    " Just starting the book....but I know I can always rely on Mma Romostwe! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mistie | 11/30/2013

    " I love the addition of Phuti Radiphuti ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 11/3/2013

    " This is no. 6 - I'll keep reading them as long as he keeps writing them. They are fairly quick, light reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louann | 11/1/2013

    " Always interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 10/10/2013

    " I love this whole Ladies Number 1 Detective series--I especially like the emphasis on human reactions and paying attention to the details as being the secret to success of Madame Ramotse's business "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 10/8/2013

    " This 6th installment of the series was one of the best yet. This one definitely kept me engrossed, and now I have to find out what happens in the next book asap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saskia | 10/7/2013

    " De boekenserie blijft onderhoudend en nog leerzaam ook als het gaat om ethische vraagstukken, opgelost door vrouwenwijsheid.. Op naar de volgende! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 9/11/2013

    " One of the more interesting books in the series so far - lots of fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 8/10/2013

    " I want to go to Botswana. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/15/2013

    " With the renting of Mr JLB Matekoni' house turning out badly, one of his mechanic apprentices running off with a rich lady, Mma Makutsi taking a dance class, and Mma Ramotswe being visited by a threatening man from her past, I found this book to be a very entertaining one in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 VWrulesChick | 2/4/2013

    " A mystery man and a pumpkin start off the sixth installment of Mma Ramotwse and Mma Makatsui sherlock-holmse-ing in Boswana. Little surprises good and bad are encountered and sure to entertain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 11/4/2012

    " I am loving this series more with each book I read. Feels like I am transported to Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/5/2012

    " Delightful & polite characters; wonderful reader! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/5/2012

    " Another delightful novel in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/11/2012

    " I just finished this book. I love Alexander McCall Smith. He's really easy to read and his mysteries are not gruesome murders (which I also tend to enjoy), but simple every-day type problems. Love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoLyn Brixey | 12/15/2011

    " Precious Ramotswe series makes me smile. I love to read this series. They are easy to read and extremely uplifting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 12/9/2011

    " I've always enjoyed these stories but for some reason this moved me more and made me laugh harder than any of the others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DeLys | 11/11/2011

    " My favorite of the series so far. I love the focus on the relationships in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/17/2011

    " Such an enjoyable book and series. Easy to read and the main characters are so warm, inviting and memorable. You just want to keep coming back for more and more. I think I have read only ine other series. This one is truly enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri-Lynn | 6/14/2011

    " Definitely one of my favorites in the series. The characters grew quite a bit in this one and there were some delightful surprises as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 6/13/2011

    " Good story. I enjoy this author and this series. Note returns and Mma Ramotswe deals with him, Mma Makutsi takes dancing lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/8/2011

    " A lovely, gentle book with wonderful characterisation. Take your time with this book, it is not one to be hurried. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 6/5/2011

    " This is such an amazing series with great characters, interesting plot twists and always a happy ending. :o) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/4/2011

    " My favorite so far of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 5/31/2011

    " This is the 6th book in the author's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and it is every bit as good as the first 5. I just love Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. It's Grace Makutsi's turn to find a little love, and I can't wait to find out what happens next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/13/2011

    " Always a delight to spend a little time with Mma Ramatose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 5/6/2011

    " In the 6th novel of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the past comes back to haunt Precious Ramotswe, while Mma Makutsi discovers a new love of dancing. It's a good continuation of the existing saga of the agency. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 5/5/2011

    " Another book set in Botswana with the main character a lady who solves mysteries. None of them are murders, so the story goes pretty smoothly. Instead Precious is able to solve a bigamy, false ID and illegal gambling cases. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/28/2011

    " This one was pretty slow and not much of a mystery, but the languid pace is something that McCall Smith does very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 4/25/2011

    " The wisdom, kindness, and strength of Precious Ramotswe inspires me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/25/2011

    " Another breezy, fun book from the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. "

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About the Author
Author Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He has also written numerous stand-alone novels, books for children, and nonfiction works. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana.

About the Narrator

Lisette Lecat began her career in her native South Africa, where she had stage roles and did extensive radio and voice-over work both commercially and for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Living in Spain, England, and the United States, she did a wide range of voice-over work in three languages. She has won thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best female solo narration.