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Publisher's Summary

A series of three unfortunate incidents has happened in a hospital, each on the same day of the week and at the same time. Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is also drawn into the work of the agency when he investigates a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters with as much skill as one of the ladies? Mma Ramotswe has her doubts. One thing, though, that she does not doubt is the good nature of Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, who stands for all that is solid and true in a shifting world.
©2007 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Delightful....The warm humanity infused throughout [McCall Smith's] novels is what brings readers back....There is simplicity and lyricism in [the] language that brings out the profound importance of everyday revelations." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"There is something so soothing about Precious Ramotswe's adventures. Reading one is like taking a lazy cruise down a slow-moving river on a hot day. And as diverse as the mysteries in each book are, there is always a common thread that draws them together in their solutions. I often wonder how Alexander McCall Smith does it, because I never suspect how everything will turn out, beyond that all will be for the best." (New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal)
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By Laurence Jones on 08-22-07

Best as an audio book

McCall Smith back to his best with this latest in the series. As so often with these books, the story is less about what happens and more about how we get there. For everyone who has followed them, the characters and their adventures have become a comforting constant.
Having read the previous books in text form, I was a little nervous about how the character's 'voices' would sit with my own previously imagined ones. What a revelation - the reader's interpretation thoughroughly enhanced my experience of the text. The authentic African voices of the reader's performance delivered an experience closer to McCall's written intention than I could ever have hoped for from reading the text myself. I found myself thinking with each new character 'Yes, that's exactly how they sound!'. I'll certainly to downloading the next in the series and can highly recommend this version to all devotees of the books.

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By Lindsay-Jane on 04-13-13


I thoroughly enjoyed this book the nuances of life and the vivid way in which Alexander Mcall Smith tells the tales that entwine to make the whole story. The bush comes to life and you can really use your imagination to see the people and places, so much so that when the television programmes came about I was left disappointed with the result as it bore no resemblance to the rich tapestry he had woven within my mind.

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