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Alexander McCall Smith , Adjoa Andoh
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
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1 Jun 2012
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi have always relied on the advice of the classic guide to their trade, The Principles of Private Detection. But who is the eminent author, Mr Clovis Andersen, and what if he were to come to Botswana? That seems a very unlikely possibility, and yet . . . When Mr Andersen visits Botswana on holiday, he is delighted and intrigued to stumble across a roadside sign that reveals the existence of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Professional courtesy suggests that he call and announce himself. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are embarking on married life and building a new house - a tricky business under any circumstances but especially hazardous when the name of the contractor is the Joy and Light Building Company.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 Jun 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1445020688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445020686
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)

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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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Praise for Alexander McCall Smith: "To say McCall Smith is a literary phenomenon doesn't quite describe what has happened. He has become more of a movement, a worldwide club for the dissemination of gentle wisdom and good cheer." "--The Telegraph""McCall Smith has few peers in capturing the quiet moments of people's lives, and his empathetic lead has one of the biggest hearts in modern literature." "--Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* Mma Ramotswe's thirteenth adventure; published in Little, Brown hardback --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid addition to the series 29 Mar 2012
By John M VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have followed the adventures of Mma Ramotswe and the collection of colourful Botswana characters through the previous 12 volumes in the series, and was beginning to think that, with the latest two volumes in the series in particular, AMS was starting to run out of steam. So I'm delighted to report that Volume 13 is a very strong addition to the series.
Mma Ramotswe finally meets Clovis Andersen, the author of the famous (or not so famous) 'Principles of private detection', and join forces to assist Mma Potokwani. Fanwell runs into a spot of bother with the law, and Mma Makutsi (or should I say Radiphuti)and her husband Phuti decide to have a house built.
This book is full of all the usual innocent charm, observational humour, and the typical dialogue to make the reader smile, which is the trademark of the series. And the tiny white van is still running too.
An excellent addition to the series and a return to top form. Fans of the series are sure to enjoy it!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Humour 9 May 2012
By Izzy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I agree with previous reviewers that the latest Mma Ramotswe offering is much better than the previous two in this long series. The gentle humour and simple storyline are a pleasure to read. Mma Makutsi is evidently getting ideas above her station now that she is married to a wealthy man, and the small jibes between herself and Mma Ramotswe are very amusing. highly recommended.
my only small issue is with the size of the hardback book. I have the whole series on my bookshelf, and this volume is larger than the others and the cover is from a different designer. I would have preferred all the books to have been the same size.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A familiar dish? 30 Mar 2012
By Alun Williams VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Sometimes a familiar treat you have been looking forward to proves to be a little disappointing, somehow not so tasty as you remember it. It's still good, but somehow not the same. For me, "The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection" is a little bit like that. The appearance in person of Clovis Andersen, author of Mma Ramotswe's professional bible, "The Principles of Private Detection", is a nice idea, and there is more happening than in some recent episodes: three of the long running characters run into trouble after getting involved with the wrong kind of businessman. Yet, despite at least one very enjoyable moment, courtesy of Charlie the apprentice, I cannot bring myself to give four stars this time around - 3.5 would be about right.
It is a long time now since I first discovered this series. Some people might wonder how a male Scottish author could write convincingly about African women, but I did find the early books very believable. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi both had enough troubles and weaknesses to seem real, and over the course of the series other characters came into the limelight from time to time, and moved the series on. This time, unfortunately, I felt that Mma Ramotswe, and particularly Mma Makutsi, were in danger of becoming parodies of themselves - the joke of Mma Makutsi's shoes talking to her has gone on more than long enough. I felt too that the baddies were so transparently bad that it was hard to believe that anybody could be fooled by them for a moment. Another minor annoyance is that Puso and Motholeli (the adopted children) were wheeled on for a page or two and then forgotten about. I am disappointed that Violet is once again an off stage presence. Overall I was left feeling that Clovis was introduced to spice up a dish that has been reheated too often.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another stunner! 29 Jun 2012
By Penny M
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McCall Smith is a master in transporting his readers to Botswana....I've not set foot in Africa, let alone Botswana but, when I read the "No 1" books, I feel I know it so well. This series hasn't faded in my view.....the characters have developed beautifully over the series and I'm always impatient and eager to read the next one (will there be a next one??!!).
Can't get enough of them!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful as ever 16 July 2012
By Jen 24
Format:Hardcover
These are my favourite of the all the series McCall Smith writes, there is something so gentle and calming about them. The characters are wonderful and I like how the stories reflect philosophy of life. I enjoyed 'meeting' Clovis Andersen and the counting of how many cups of tea are drunk. Sheer enjoyment!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow progress... 9 Jan 2013
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Perhaps I have read too many books in this series, but I became bored with this. The conversations are so long drawn out, as if the author is struggling to find something for the character to say.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars deja vu 16 Dec 2012
By Alison
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I have enjoyed this series from the beginning especially the first 6 or so. This book continues in the same vein and, to be honest, I felt like I had read it before as this series has become rather formulaic and repetitive. Still an okay read but i think i know everything now about Precious Ramotswe and Co.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 8 April 2012
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Perhaps its the way it has been abridged that's the problem. It has all the makings of a good story but leaves you wanting more. Only 3 discs its usually 5 for these books. I'm going to have to read the book to see how much has been left out of this audio version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful reading! I love the series
As usual, wonderful reading! I love the series.
Published 1 day ago by Esther García Cardeilhac
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Going Strong
I have read all the books in the series (and have the next one ready to read soon) - I just love the people and the gentle humour. Read more
Published 10 days ago by HJK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT :-)
Published 10 days ago by Herbie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is another great book in the series written by Alexander McCall...
This is another great book in the series written by Alexander McCall Smith....i hope he writes more i just love them...
Published 18 days ago by maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 21 days ago by andelusional
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Number One Ladies Detective Agency books
Published 22 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I love these books. They make me want to visit Botswana . A wonderful series to read and read again.
Published 28 days ago by jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
The Ladies' Detective Agency books never fail to impress. Light, enjoyable reading about a female detective based in Botswana.
Published 29 days ago by amazon31
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the series
To the joy of Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutski, Clovis Anderson - the revered author of their venerated guidebook "The Principles of Private Detection" - wanders into the No. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Saffer
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Alexander McCall Smith's books set in Botswana I thoroughly...
As with all of Alexander McCall Smith's books set in Botswana I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by libba
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