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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Lisette Lecat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781490635453
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency takes on the case of a woman with amnesia. Meanwhile, new co-director Mma Makutsi, now a mother, launches the Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe for fashionable diners and encounters the challenges of running one's own business. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “McCall Smith’s depictions of the sights and sounds of Botswana and his overarching theme of compassion make this novel radiant…Humor runs rampant, as always, except in the darkest situations…Calling Precious Ramotswe, owner and chief investigator of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, a detective doesn’t do her justice. ‘Problem solver extraordinaire’ would be much better. Mma Ramotswe takes on one or two true mysteries per novel, it’s true, but she also treats a whole range of human difficulties as they come her way, finding good solutions through her wisdom, kindness, and tact.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “As usual, the problems that Precious Ramotswe tackles in Smith’s enjoyable fifteenth No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel are more the province of a therapist-counselor than of a cop. Mma Ramotswe’s longtime assistant, Grace Makutsi, now a partner in their detective agency, hopes her good fortune will transfer to a new business venture…Series fans will be moved by a supporting character’s growth, and newcomers will be charmed by the gentle humor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Botswana’s peerless investigator Precious Ramotswe returns to consider more mysteries of human nature in her fifteenth adventure…As always, everyone’s worries are smoothed over with ample doses of red bush tea and ‘the old Botswana morality.’ Verdict: A welcome addition to McCall Smith’s bestselling series, this latest installment brims with the author’s signature warmth and charm. Fans of cozy reads won’t be disappointed.”

    Library Journal

  • “A slow mystery season in Botswana—there’s only one proper case for the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency—leaves its employees free to pursue all manner of adventures on their own. The official case, as so often, involves no obvious crime…[and] Charlie, rescued from despair by Mma Ramotswe…provides the comic high point of this gentle tale. It’s not giving too much away to say that things don’t exactly work out as planned for Charlie—or for Mma Ramotswe’s partner Grace Makutsi, whose venture into the hospitality business, The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café, runs into sadly predictable problems. If only her husband had drawn up a strategic plan. Thanks to that sturdy deus ex machina, Orphan Farm matron Mma Potokwane, all’s well that ends well in perhaps the most tranquil and unruffled entry in this renowned series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Listeners seeking a warm, cozy mystery can comfortably settle into Lisette Lecat’s narration of this latest in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series…The comic exchanges between Grace and Charlie, with Precious striving to maintain the peace, are delivered spot-on by Lecat. Equally enjoyable are Precious’s quiet reflections on the benefits of following traditional ways, her application of which, once again, results in a satisfying solution to all the problems at hand.”


  • “Amusing…An escape from life’s woes [as well] as a suggestion for how to make the whole deal more palatable.”

    Boston Globe, praise for the series

  • “McCall Smith is a vivid observer and an elegant writer, honoring Botswanan customs and culture…Like the best traditions, this series is one we hope will endure.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer, praise for the series

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 4/25/2016

    " I love this series and the characters are great to follow as their lives evolve and get more complex as the series goes on. Can't wait till the next book comes out in audiobook here to download and listen to. "

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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 fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best female solo narration.