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To the Land of Long Lost Friends

by Alexander McCall Smith

Part of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Feel-Good Fiction Humour (fiction) Sharing Diverse Voices Shorter Reads

LoveReading View on To the Land of Long Lost Friends

So beautifully written you can just slip into this gentle wander through Botswana alongside the kind and astute investigations of Mma Ramotswe. During a quiet patch at the agency, Precious has friends in need and Charlie is placed in a difficult position. If you haven’t read any of this much loved series, do start at the beginning with the aptly named The No:1 Ladies Detective Agency. We are now at the twentieth novel and the absolute charm of these books is in getting to know the characters (Mma Makutsi is a personal favourite). Alexander McCall Smith excels in creating a light yet warm atmosphere where he quietly looks at complex issues. Human nature in all its wonder is examined with mellow observations and compassionate wit sitting alongside the vivid heat of Botswana as it waits for rain. To The Land Of Long Lost Friends is a lovely, affectionate read and a fine addition to this celebrated series.

Find out more about Alexander McCall Smith in our Book Chat blog post.

Liz Robinson

To the Land of Long Lost Friends Synopsis

The one with the mysterious reverend . . .

At a local wedding, Mma Ramotswe reunites with a friend whose daughter has inexplicably turned away from her. Elsewhere, several ladies in the region fall under the spell of a charismatic self-styled reverend. With little work on at the agency, Precious and Mma Makutsi see no harm in looking into such curious events. Meanwhile, Charlie is anxious. How can he, the part-time detective, secure his love's hand in marriage? Even in the quietest months, it seems, there's plenty for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to investigate . . .

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To the Land of Long Lost Friends Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Anyone who enjoys this series of books is sure to enjoy this latest one as much as I did. Full review

Evelyn Love-Gajardo

As soon as a new title in this series comes out, it goes straight on my to read list. Full review

Rachel Aygin

Reading the latest No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency title was like meeting up with my own long, lost friend. Full review

Reba Khatun

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi return to solve some more puzzles and help both old friends and new clients. Warm and sunny but with serious undertones. Full review

Lynne Rapson

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ISBN: 9780349143286
Publication date: 06/08/2020
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349143286
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Feel-Good Fiction, Humour, Diverse Voices, Shorter Reads,
Collections: 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Alexander McCall Smith

McCall Smith’s generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers — New York Times Alexander McCall Smith, often referred to as ‘Sandy’,  is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the UK and abroad before turning his hand to writing fiction. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist ...

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