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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,701 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:
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Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma. Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant Grace Makutsi, as well as the occasional cup of tea.

This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s widely acclaimed No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in the town of Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart and lands her in danger is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witch doctors.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency received two Booker Judges’ Special Recommendations and was voted one of the International Books of the Year and the Millennium by the Times Literary Supplement.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Miss Marple of Botswana.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Smart and sassy…Precious’ progress is charted in passages that have the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The author’s prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony, and precision. His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswana landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven’t read anything with such alloyed pleasure for a long time.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Artful, pleasing…Mma Ramotswe’s love of Africa, her wisdom and humor, shine through these pages as she shines her own light on the problems that vex her clients. Images of this large woman driving her tiny white van or sharing a cup of bush tea with a friend or client while working a case linger pleasantly. General audiences will welcome this little gem of a book just as much if not more than mystery readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “South African native Lisette Lecat guides listeners with her precise diction and authentic use of dialect and accents, introducing listeners to Mma Ramotswe, her early life, and her decision to become a detective, providing accounts of her first several cases. The storytelling and setting are both quaint and exotic, portraying the oddities of village life in Botswana…Lecat captures the atmosphere and irony of Smith’s book down to the bush tea. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Penny | 2/14/2014

    " Another wonderful trip with Precious and all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karlin | 2/13/2014

    " This book series makes me happy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleenish | 2/10/2014

    " I always love McCall's journeys into a world that is so strange to me and so wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dee | 2/8/2014

    " This was one of the better books in this series. Throughly enjoyed it. "

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