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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues in this engaging book that won the first ever Saga Award for Wit, given to the wittiest British book of the year.

Mma Ramotswe has been engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni for quite some time, and they still have no wedding date. But she doesn't want to be too pushy, for Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has much on his mind. Mma Potokwani, who runs the orphan farm, has tricked him into performing a parachute jump to benefit charity. While Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni tries to wiggle out of his responsibility, Mma Ramotswe keeps busy investigating four men, all who wish to marry a very wealthy woman. What exactly are their intentions?

The cupboard of life is full indeed in this charming, gently funny novel that vibrantly captures the fascinating culture and landscape of Botswana.

©2003 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the critics say

  • Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration (Female), 2005

"Delightful series." (Booklist)
"Admirers of Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling novels about Precious Ramotswe...will not be disappointed." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • MusicMom13
  • 2005-06-22

#1 Ladies Detective series delivers another winner

I have now listened to the first five in this series -- and eagerly await the newest one "In the Company of Cheerful Ladies." I would buy the book, but listening to this narrator, Lisette Lecat, is the only way I want to hear this series. She's that good. I look forward to driving to work just to hear the next chapter every day. Do them in order or Precious's adventures get out of sequence....!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • 2010-04-17

so good

This is one of the books in the Ladies #1 Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. This is a top notch series and I believe that to truly enjoy the series, every book should be read in the order written. The characters and story line develop over time in the series and they are people you really want to get to know. The story lines and characters can be funny, disgraceful or tragic, but they are always interesting. Smith is a keen observer of people and has great talent for drawing characters and telling whopping good stories.
The reader is the same for each book in the series and she is one of the best I have ever heard. She gives consistly solid performances over the entire series. The characters remain the same from one book to the other. Her accents are extrordinarily good. If I had to choose between reading this series and listening to it read by this reader (Lisette Lecat) I would without hesitation choose the audible version. Purchase them all - they are so very good.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • JAK in Oregon
  • 2004-11-15

Delightful!

Every book in this series has made me smile and delight in all the characters. Well done! I highly recommend this book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanne
  • 2007-10-02

yet another winner

This is a fabulous series of books that are simply an enjoyable listen! No stress no strain - I have listened to several in this series this summer and I find them light and refreshing. The narrator has a pleasant voice and a wonderful accent. Nothing better than sitting back with a big mug of bush tea and enjoying a tale by Alexander McCall Smith.

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  • Kathy N
  • 2015-02-21

Simple Wisdom

I love the books in this series. Precious Remote is a wise woman,and the gentle humor of the characters and situations makes the insights into human nature a delight to absorb.

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  • Leslie
  • 2011-12-05

Always wonderful

I love this series and the delightful stories are enhanced by superb narration of Lisette Lecat.

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  • Laura
  • 2007-01-29

Heartwarming

This is a very interesting, engaging series set in modern day Botswaina. What first attracted me to this series were the investigations taken on by the First Ladies Detective Agency. However, this particular book features more incidents of the daily lives of the characters with a few twists and turns that are resolved by the all wise Mme. Ramotswe. I would have liked to hear more interesting investigations, hence my four star rating. But this book does leave you warm and satisfied in the goodness of the characters and wanting to hear more about their lives.

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  • Mona
  • 2019-04-26

superb!

the narrator couldn't be any better! she brings the #1LDA series to life. I listen to each book many, many times.

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  • Reademandweep
  • 2019-02-02

They’re going downhill.

The book series started off like gangbusters for me. I enjoyed book one very much. Book two also but by book three, I noticed that the first three chapters are wasted retelling the previous books. This is not necessary. You could explain the characters in a few short sentences. These are not plot heavy books.
In fact, they are so simple they feel like an episode of a lighthearted TV detective show. And I’m talking a one hour show. My point is, although I enjoy the books as they progress, very little happens and much of the book is wasted by repeating incidents from previous books.
It’s a little disappointing. I don’t expect everyone to be Arthur Conan Doyle but each book should stand on its own and be a full bodied story

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  • audrey Webb
  • 2018-09-23

Loved It

i think that by far this is my favorite episode I loved it right up to the end