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Publisher's Summary

Precious Ramotswe dips her toe into the world of politics in the newest addition to the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. 

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the city council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. 

Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to promise anything beyond what she can deliver - hence her slogan: "I can't promise anything - but I shall do my best." 

To everyone's surprise, she wins. As it turns out, politics does not agree with Mma Ramotswe. Though everyone is supportive, she eventually resigns. She thinks there will be a new election, but she discovers the rules state that in such an event, the runner-up automatically takes the seat. Violet is triumphant and sure she will get the Big Fun Hotel planning application through without a hitch. 

But Mma Makutsi and Mma Potokwane are not about to make it easy for her. Through it all, Mma Ramotswe uses her good humor and generosity of spirit to help the community navigate divisive issues and proves that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.

©2018 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Jean
  • 2018-11-15

Enjoyable

This is the 19th book in the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency Series. I always enjoy reading about the latest adventures of Mma Precious Ramotswe. Smith portrays a kinder, gentler world than the one I live in. Smith is the master of a subtle wit and humor. Mma Ramotswe muses over a gentle philosophy about the world and Botswana. Smith’s feelings about Botswana come through in the story.

In this story Mma Ramotswe is running against Mma Violet Sepotho for city council. The case being worked on is a hunt for a hit and run driver. And Mma Makutsi, had a disagreement with her husband. Each book features more about one of the characters; in this book it is Charlie. I am a big fan of Alexander McCall Smith. I am aware that readers either love or hate his style of writing.

The book is nine hours and thirty-six minutes. Lisette Lecat does an excellent job narrating this series. Lecat is from South Africa and does the accents and rhythm of speech perfectly.




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  • Sally
  • 2018-11-28

A lovely visit with old friends

This is another enjoyable book in the #1 Ladies Detective series. All my favorite characters are back, and the talking shoes even make another appearance. Though I’m sure Botswana has its problems as a country, the series continues to portray a gentle, idealized version of life there.

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  • Swissmiss
  • 2018-11-26

Beautiful

Yet another beautiful book by Mr. McCall Smith, narrated to perfection by Ms. Lecat. Loved it!

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  • lerone
  • 2018-11-20

A simple life

Really enjoy the narrator of this book. From the beginning of the series; you feel like you belong; will recommend and listen to again. Great simple story.

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  • SW Clemens
  • 2019-01-20

All is Right with the World

This is the nineteenth book in this series and could easily stand alone, but reading them in order will give the reader a better understanding of the depths of the characters and some of the nuanced humor that comes from knowing a character's predilections and prejudices. There is a case to be solved, an election to be won, the reflection of philosophy, and the growth of characters to be appreciated. Beautifully written in simple, eloquent language. This series can be summed up in one word: Humane.

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  • Diana
  • 2018-11-08

A lovely continuation

The evolving lives, the observations of humanity, the laugh-out-loud moments. I am always uplifted by each No. 1 Ladies Detective book.

This time the blurb promised more than was in this book.

(quote from the book blurb)

" . . . Publisher's Summary

Precious Ramotswe dips her toe into the world of politics in the newest addition to the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the city council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded.

Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to promise anything beyond what she can deliver - hence her slogan: "I can't promise anything - but I shall do my best."

To everyone's surprise, she wins. As it turns out, politics does not agree with Mma Ramotswe. Though everyone is supportive, she eventually resigns. She thinks there will be a new election, but she discovers the rules state that in such an event, the runner-up automatically takes the seat. Violet is triumphant and sure she will get the Big Fun Hotel planning application through without a hitch.

But Mma Makutsi and Mma Potokwane are not about to make it easy for her. Through it all, Mma Ramotswe uses her good humor and generosity of spirit to help the community navigate divisive issues and proves that honesty and compassion will always carry the day. . . ." (end of quote from the book blurb)

This book seems to cover about half of this book blurb. Or, there was more? It seemed to end abruptly.

I love these books and look forward to any future books.

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  • Dolores Wilmers
  • 2019-05-22

The Colors of All Cattle

I have enjoyed this series very much. Mr Smith's prose and his thoughts are wonderful. The characters are so real. Ms. Lecat's narration is astonishing! It's very much worth 9 hours and 36 minutes of enjoyment!

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  • Susan K.
  • 2019-05-04

A Gentle Mystery

I love the series, The Number One Ladies Detective Agency! Good, clean stories, without a lot of violence or sex. And Lisette Lecat’s narration is a treat!

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  • Susan
  • 2019-05-02

Afternoon Tea

Listening to the stories in the No. 1 Ladies series is like enjoying an afternoon cup of tea with an old friend. Lisette Lecat is the perfect narrator for the books in this series.

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  • Dennis
  • 2019-04-19

what we're used to.

Good matured African stories that tell of general life in Botswana. I listen in the car and the miles go by with a smile.