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    • The Second-Worst Restaurant in France

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Timothy Ackroyd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Renowned cookbook writer Paul Stuart, renewed and refreshed from his time in Tuscany, has returned to Scotland to work on his new book. Writing, though, is complicated by Paul's changed domestic circumstances. His editor and new girlfriend, Gloria, has moved in with him despite not being specifically invited, and she's brought her two rather demanding Siamese cats. When Paul's cousin, Chloe, suggests Paul visit her in the French countryside, Paul jumps at the chance. However, once he arrives, he finds his fortunes tangled up with the infamous local restaurant.

    Price: CDN$ 26.30

    • My Italian Bulldozer

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Timothy Ackroyd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available, it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative.

    Price: CDN$ 27.77

    • Morality For Beautiful Girls

    • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious' hands are full. The four Miss Beauty and Integrity pageant finalists may have questionable moral fiber, and the brother of an important government worker has allegedly been poisoned. On top of all that, Precious' reliable fianci might be hiding something.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love the series, but

    • By Vanessa Henderson on 2019-02-20

    Price: CDN$ 20.18

    • The Novel Habits of Happiness

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland that he couldn't possibly know and a house there where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must - of course! - help them learn the truth, and she and her husband, Jamie, set off for the island.

    Price: CDN$ 32.41

    • The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

    • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    This 12th entry from Alexander McCall Smith’s New York Times best-selling series showcases the humanity and matchless wit that define Precious Ramotswe. While both Precious and Grace Makutsi are puzzled by prophetic dreams, life goes on at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Precious finds herself investigating a case of rural jealousy, while Grace inches closer to her wedding.

    Price: CDN$ 32.41

    • The Department of Sensitive Crimes

    • A Detective Varg Novel
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The Department of Sensitive Crimes takes on three extremely strange cases. First, the detectives investigate how and why a local business owner was stabbed...in the back of the knee. Next, a young woman's imaginary boyfriend goes missing. And, in the final investigation, Varg must determine whether nocturnal visitations at a local spa have a supernatural element.

    Price: CDN$ 26.30

    • No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook

    • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Claire Benedict, full cast
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's only female private detective agency, have become international best sellers. These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books to life. In these eight episodes, Mma Ramotswe takes on her first case - and a new secretary; tries to solve a bone mystery; tackles a domestic drama and a doctor's erratic behaviour; and investigates the case of a missing American.

    Price: CDN$ 25.78

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • O Beautiful Botswana...

    • By Tee on 2017-09-20

    Price: CDN$ 23.14

    • The Quiet Side of Passion

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Isabel Dalhousie grapples with complex matters of the heart as she tries to juggle her responsibilities to friends, family, and the philosophical community. With two small boys to raise, a mountain or articles to edit for the Review of Applied Ethics, and the ever-increasing demands of her niece, Cat, who always seems to need a helping hand at the deli, Isabel barely has any time for herself. Her husband, Jamie, suggests acquiring extra help, and she reluctantly agrees. 

    Price: CDN$ 30.69

    • A Time of Love and Tartan

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore. Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street.

    Price: CDN$ 32.92

    • The Kalahari Typing School for Men

    • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Precious Ramotswe's comfortable existence as the only detective in Botswana is suddenly rattled when the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency opens, and its brochure proclaims, "Don't take any chances! Entrust your enquiries to a MAN!" As if the development isn't enough, Mma Ramotswe has also taken on two difficult cases, one of which hits close to home. But with wisdom on her side, Mma Ramotswe figures to crack both cases and upstage her competition.

    Price: CDN$ 23.14

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 1: The Daddy & The Bone (Dramatised)

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Claire Benedict, Nadine Marshall
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Warm, humorous and uplifting, Alexander McCall Smith’s hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana’s only female private detective agency, have become international bestsellers, sold over seven million copies, and been translated into 26 languages. These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books vividly to life.

    Price: CDN$ 13.67

    • The Double Comfort Safari Club

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally best-selling and award-winning series starring Botswana’s leading lady detective continues with this 11th charming tale. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travel to the Okavango Delta to visit a safari lodge beset by unexplained events. There they are awestruck by the breathtaking scenery, but also troubled by the region’s many difficulties—not the least of which is the occasional grumpy hippopotamus.

    Price: CDN$ 32.41

    • The Colors of All the Cattle

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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. 

    Price: CDN$ 30.69

    • The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The promise of a week of uninterrupted peace is short-lived, however, when she meets a young boy named Samuel, a troublemaker who is himself in some trouble. Once she learns more about Samuel's sad story, Mma Ramotswe feels compelled to step in and help him find his way out of a bad situation.

    Price: CDN$ 32.41

    • The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In this delightful 15th installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can't quite meet all the demands of running a business - not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building.

    Price: CDN$ 32.41

    • Tears of the Giraffe

    • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • charming gentle humour. wise and refreshing.

    • By Mary on 2018-08-14

    Price: CDN$ 23.14

    • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious Ramotswe fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

    Price: CDN$ 17.67

    • The Sunday Philosophy Club

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Story, Book 1
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics and hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. Behind the city's Georgian facades its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty and murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert didn't fall. He was pushed.

    Price: CDN$ 35.35

    • The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

     Val Eliot, a young woman working on an English farm during the war, meets Mike, a US Air Force pilot stationed nearby. When Val rescues a Border Collie named Peter Woodhouse, who is being mistreated by his owner, she realizes the dog would actually be safer with Mike. And so Peter Woodhouse finds a new home on the air force base, and Val finds herself falling in love.  

    Price: CDN$ 30.69

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