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Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.
Other surprises await our intrepid proprietress in the course of her inquiries. Mma Ramotswe is puzzled when she happens to hear of a local nurse named Mingie Ramotswe. She thought she knew everybody by the name of Ramotswe and that they were all related. Who is this mystery lady? Then she is alerted by Mma Potokwani that an unpleasant figure from her past has recently been spotted in town. Mma Ramotswe does her best to avoid the man, but it seems that he may have returned to Botswana specifically to seek her out. What could he want from her?
With the generosity and good humor that guide all her endeavors, Mma Ramotswe will untangle these questions for herself and for her loved ones, ultimately bringing to light important truths about friendship and family - both the one you're born with and the one you choose.
©2017 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2017 Recorded Books
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By Wayne on 11-11-17

18th novel and I'm still enchanted and addicted!

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is set in southern Africa in the the capital city Gaborone of the landlocked country of Botswana. Authored by Scotsman Alexander McCall Smith who lived for years in Botswana, the 18 book series is a different kind of modern detective series with interesting small cases with minimal suspense and lots of time for of deep and sometimes consequential discussions accompanied with red bush tea and possibly even fruitcake. I have previously reviewed Books 1, 4, and 14-17 in the series and have listened to all novels in the series at least twice. I love the series and have all of the novels in my Audible library. All 10 of the major characters and especially Precious Ramotswe are like old friends of mine. The characters are more vivid than one can imagine without listening to the novels. As always there is lots going on in this novel but the major event is at age 42 Mma Remotswe finds for the first time she has a sister, and she meets her. I started reading the series in printed format before becoming an Audible member. When first joining Audible I purchased the first several audio books and quickly learned that the wonderful narration of Lisette Lecat makes the novels even better.

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By Marilyn Armstrong on 11-25-17

The best one in years!

These are always good books, but this one was better. A bit more of the love of Africa came through. There was a kind of passion in it that has been missing in the last few, though all of them are entirely readable.

First, Lisette Lecat is a brilliant narrator. She is one a very few narrators so good I will read a book where she narrates just because it's her. Her ability to give the perfect accent for a region is unmatched by any other narrator I've heard. My husband, who doesn't usually listen, stopped what he was doing to listen to this.

"She's really GOOD," he said, after which launched into my explanation of her being one of top narrators ever.

The story is typical for these stories. No murders, no gore, no violence. A mystery to be solved, leads to be followed, More important, relationships to be managed, dealt with, understood.

I always feel like crying a little when these books end. Especially, this one.

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