To the Land of Long Lost Friends: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #20

Category: Book
By (author): Mccall Smith, Alexander
Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  FICTION / Urban
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: September 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.02in x 5.18in x 0.68in
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From The Publisher*In this installment of the widely beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance and finds that relationships are always a tricky proposition, even for Botswana's premier female detective.

Mma Ramotswe reconnects with an old friend who has been having problems with her daughter. Though Precious feels compelled to lend a hand, she discovers that getting tangled up in family matters is always a delicate affair. The young woman appears to be involved with a charismatic preacher. But are his ministrations entirely of a Godly nature?

Elsewhere, Charlie is also struggling with a tricky matter of the heart. He wishes to propose to his girlfriend, Queenie-Queenie, but he is struggling to come up with a bride price that will impress her father. When Queenie-Queenie's brother offers to help by giving him a job, the offer may not be quite what Charlie expected.

In the end it will be up to Mma Ramotswe to reflect on love, family, and the nature of men and women in order to show everyone all the good things they have--so many, in fact, that it would take far too long to count them.

McNally Robinson Winnipeg #1 BESTSELLER

"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series offers a nice bit of escapism. . . . Mma Ramotswe is lovable and the book really puts you in the heart of Botswana" -HuffPost

"Every page contains a gem of wit and insight, and there are also beautiful descriptions of the landscape, so much so that you can almost feel the throbbing heat of the day and the coolness of the night. The gentle pace of the narrative gives the characters-and readers-time for reflection, and to dig deep into wider questions of love, compassion and respect." -The Scotsman

"McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series remains a constant source of cozy mysteries. And that's by design. . . . To the Land of Long Lost Friends is heavy on mysteries but light on violence. The story has stakes." -Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

"McCall Smith injects the usual levels of intelligent charm and wit along with beautifully detailed descriptions of the Botswanian landscape." -Scottish Field


"Happiness is a key part of the charm and attraction of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, a series from the wonderful mind of Alexander McCall Smith. . . . Real-life problems intrude, but they do so gently." -Edmonton Journal

"In his character of Precious Ramotswe, McCall Smith created a stunningly moral and intelligent woman detective whose views of life in Botswana-and, in fact, the world-are simple yet profound. Mma Ramotswe solves crimes and, in the same breath, she solves the questions of love, life, happiness and human kindness." -The Globe and Mail

"There's no mystery as to why Alexander McCall Smith's books are everywhere. . . . His works are engaging, delightful events, immersing readers in a world that is foreign, yet familiar, where good people try to do their best in life, with mixed results. . . . The memorable characters, cadence, turns of phrase and imagery create a pleasing, haunting, tableaux readers will want to visit more than once." -Calgary Herald

"It's the tension between the traditional ways and the modern country that makes these novels more than merely charming in that small-village British way. And McCall Smith infuses the book with compassionate, funny philosophical musings. . . . Every sentence conveys a beloved country where the air is pure." -NOW (Toronto)

"A literary confection of such gossamer deliciousness that one feels it can only be good for one. Fortunately, since texts aren't cakes, there is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these . . . books." -The New York Times Book Review

"McCall Smith's series of brief, sweet, soothing novels, which are abundant in folk wisdom and popular all around the globe. . . . These novels are poultices, valued for their healing properties, and they are constructed with no sharp edges. Reality intrudes only as the occasional stray pumpkin or minor transgression." -The New York Times
Biographical NoteALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels and of a number of other series and standalone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been bestsellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.