No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 1), The

Alexander McCall Smith
THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 1 Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective.  In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea. This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency received two Booker Judges’ Special Recommendations and was voted one of the International Books of the Year and the Millennium by the Times Literary Supplement.


Reviewed: 2020-07-16
Reviewed: 2019-05-17
I thought I had reviewed this book earlier. I am now considering reading it in pieces for my students, as we have a habit of reading the short story every class. These books were so incredible, even after I discovered that the author is not in fact an African woman.
Reviewed: 2018-12-31
While it had its charms, and easy to read, and I thought the stories in the book just sort of ended without a complete thought.
Not inspired to read the rest - far too many more appealing books on my pile.
Reviewed: 2018-03-07
I enjoyed this book. The characters were likeable and even if it might be a bit unbelievable, it was a good, quick read with just enough mystery to keep me reading til the end. I basically picked it up and couldn't put it down til I was finished.
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