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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.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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.
&quot;She's really GOOD,&quot; 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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