The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe--with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi--navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, 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 .
Publisher: New York Pantheon Books, 2002, c1998.
New York : Anchor Books, 2002, c1998.
ISBN: 9781400034772
Branch Call Number: FIC Mcc
Characteristics: 235 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: McCall Smith, Alexander 1948-


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May 19, 2017

A delightful series of books

Feb 23, 2014

A very enjoyable book, great character development and sense of place. Precious is grounded and has admirable spirit. Recommend and looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

etillery Aug 28, 2013

I remember watching the HBO rendition of this book. I actually never realized it was a novel until I saw it on a Good Reads list. This was actually a lot better in book form. The mysteries were nice, the characters believable and loveable, and you can just enjoy the story. I'm excited to read the sequels. My only complaint is that some of the mysteries wrapped themselves up a little TOO easily, but hey it's all good.

Sep 14, 2010

There are not many detective agencies in Botswana. There are even fewer ladies? detective agencies in Botswana. In fact, there are none?until now. Using the funds from the sale of her beloved father?s cattle, middle-aged Mma Precious Ramotswe sets up the No. 1 Ladies? Detective Agency in her small hometown of Gaborone. As the country?s only female private investigator, Mma Ramotswe is not entirely certain that her gamble will pay off. But sure enough, the clients come. Women want to know where their cheating husbands have strayed. Fathers want to know which boys their young daughters are dating. And there are more sinister crimes afoot too, as in the case of a missing little boy. But Mma Ramotswe handles them all in her own fashion. Armed with only a detecting manual, the example of mystery writer Agatha Christie, and her own more-than-competent intuition and understanding of her fellows, Mma Ramostwe tackles every case with humor and wisdom. Told in a series of vignettes that trace Mma Ramotswe?s history as well as her present casework, author Alexander McCall Smith paints a vivid portrait of Africa and the people who love to call it home. Cozy, gentle, and brimming over with true glimpses into the myriad workings of human nature, Mma Ramotswe and her little detective agency are a welcome addition to the otherwise hard-edged world of private eye fiction?and so popular that HBO has developed a No. 1 Ladies? Detective Agency television show.

Feb 22, 2007

What a charming book! It had been on my to-read list for some time, and I regret that it took me so long to get to. Precious Ramotswe is a clever, plucky woman in her 30s who decides to open a detective agency -- the only such agency run by women -- in her native country of Botswana. Although business is initially slow, the locals soon warm up to the idea and Mma Ramotswe takes on cases ranging from missing husbands and stolen cars to false fathers and fraudulent doctors. Getting to know Mma Ramotswe is a hoot, as is meeting her friends and clients. Throughout it all, Botswana's beauty and charm subtly take center stage.

Feb 22, 2007

First in a series set in Botswana.


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