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To the Land of Long Lost Friends Reader Reviews

To the Land of Long Lost Friends

Evelyn Love-Gajardo

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

I love this series of books and was delighted to receive a review copy of this novel. It was the perfect remedy for these difficult times,with all the familiar characters and settings, and a new investigation for Mma Ramotswe. There is humour, wisdom and a touch of sadness with the introduction of little Daisy, a child from Mma Potokwani’s orphanage who goes to live with Precious while she awaits a new foster family. I enjoyed the thread about Charlie and his constant wish for Mma Makutsi’s approval, and liked the way the story of his introduction to his fiancée’s father developed.
Anyone who enjoys this series of books is sure to enjoy this latest one as much as I did. I always feel the world is a better place when I’ve finished reading one of Alexander McCall Smith’s books, and this time was no exception.

Rachel Aygin

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

This book is part of the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. As soon as a new title in this series comes out, it goes straight on my to read list. There is something irresistibly charming about all the books in the series and this one is no exception. In To the Land of Long Lost Friends, we are treated to a slice of colourful Botswana life with a series of mysteries unfolding. Even when there are no clients in sight, the No 1 Ladies find themselves investigating some curious local goings on just for the pure satisfaction of it. Escape your daily routine and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of laidback Gaborone. Reading this book was like catching up with old friends. Thoroughly recommended.

Reba Khatun

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

MMA Ramotswe has a shock when she sees a friend at a wedding who is dead. It turns out there was an identity mix-up and MMA Ramotswe is thrown into another investigation unwittingly.

Another lovely instalment in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. MMA Ramotswe is still loveable and intelligent as ever.


Lynne Rapson

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.

I’ve been reading The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series ever since I chanced upon the first one. To say they are charming could be construed as rather dismissive, but they ARE utterly charming. They tell tales of everyday life and the sort of problems that can be experienced by many. The mysteries that Mma Ramotswe and her sidekick Mma Makutsi solve are dealt with discreetly, sympathetically and with a real sense of morality. Now, they are assisted by young Charlie, the part-time detective, and we learn of his hopes and his desire to make a good life and marriage. There is a very serious thread running through all the stories - traditional life and how it is affected by progress and modernity, and how people live and adapt to new conditions while not losing sight and touch of the past. The books give a real flavour of Botswana, it’s history and geography, it’s climate both literal and political. It has been very enjoyable to meet all those familiar faces once again.

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,
Categories: Crime & mystery,