The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Volume 4 - The Kalahari Typing School For Men & The Admirer

Starring: Claire Benedict, Joseph Marcell, Nadine Marshell, Janice Acquah and Ndidi Ama
BBC Audio
RRP: 12.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 405 67754 7
ISBN-10: 1 40567 754 6
Available 02 April 2007

Wayward daughters, missing husbands, philandering partners, curious con men - If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective, and her assistant, Mma Makutsi.
Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on a series of cases that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger...

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 best-sellers, sold over seven million copies, and been translated into 26 languages. These acclaimed productions bring the exotic world of the books vividly to life.

Volume 4 in this collection includes the episodes The Kalahari Typing School For Men and The Admirer.

The Kalahari Typing School for Men opens with bad news for Mma Ramotswe - her agency has competition in the form of the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency, run by a man. Mma Makutsi has entrepreneurial ambitions too, and has conceived the idea of teaching an evening class where men could learn to type.

Mma Potokwane's plan to get Mr J.L.B. Matekoni to take his medication and cure him of his depression seems to be working. When Mma Ramotswe goes to see him he is playing football with the orphanage boys - something she's never seen him do before. Meanwhile there is some light relief in the opening of Mma Makutsi's typing school for men. While a little sexist (imagine if it had been a car maintenance school for women run by a man - would the stereotypical attitudes be tolerated so easily? I doubt it), there is much fun to be had as Mma Makutsi sets about teaching her students. Sadly her equipment is a little substandard.

The Admirer sees Mma Ramotswe commissioned by a physiotherapist to find out what her errant husband is up to. There are also problems at home: one of her foster children, Motheleli, is unhappy, and Mr J. L. B. Matekoni is still reluctant to talk about marriage. Mma Makutsi, however, has found a boyfriend.

Again, much of the humour from this episode comes from Mma Makutsi's evening class. She thinks she has found the perfect man for her amongst her students. Could this be the start of a wonderful relationship?

This volume is another great addition to the series.

Pete Boomer

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