The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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Meet Mma Ramotswe, the endearing, engaging, simply irresistible proprietress of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, the first and only detective agency in Botswana. With persistent observation, gentle intuition, and a keen desire to help people with the problems of their lives, she solves mysteries great and small for friends and strangers alike. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2002
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780307456625
9781400034772
1400034779
9781400031344
1400031346
9780375423871
0375423877
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY McCall Smith 1998
M MCCALL SMITH
Characteristics: 235 p. ; 21 cm

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bibliosara Aug 16, 2018

I have found myself a wonderful new series! Smith is a fantastic author. His characters seem to jump out of the book, and talk with you, rather than simply be described. This book, following the adventures of Botswana Private Detective Precious Romotswe. Mma Romatswe is a big-hearted woman that readers will feel an immediate and genuine connection with. Her strength and perseverance are charming, and her blunt honesty sometimes makes you laugh out loud. However, things aren't always fun and games in her quiet town. As she solves smaller cases, Mma Romatswe finds herself wrapped up in case with evil at its' very heart. A great introduction to the series! I cannot wait to read the next one!

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myrtleturtle06
Nov 02, 2017

Botswana

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Tabaqui
Jul 13, 2017

Fiction can sometimes teach you more than nonfiction, and that was certainly the case here. I didn't know a whole lot about Botswana, and I learned a bit about their government and way of life. I also admired their views on wealth. It was refreshingly simple.

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jasmine81
Jul 11, 2016

This series was recommended to me by a friend and has become one of my favorites. The movie is good too, and the actors are true to the book characters. I read this whole series before reading any of his others, and am glad I got used to his contemplative writing before starting the Isabel Dalhousie series. Still love this series most, and especially the romances and marriages. Great books!

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kpriestman
Jun 02, 2016

A delightful window into what, for me in Canada, is a very different world. I am delighted to have made the protagonist's acquaintance, and to have followed along on a few of her adventures.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Dec 17, 2015

I don't usually read "light and fluffies", but this was one title I could not resist. The country of Botswana is lovingly recreated by McCall-Smith and I enjoy visiting that side of the world. I love spending time with Precious, Grace and all the others that populate these novels. If you're looking for a good to great book, pick this one up!

gretchenmuz Sep 04, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. The first 1/4 of the book is serious and thoughtful and sometimes a bit sad. There were times when I wasn't sure I wanted to continue reading the book because of this but I am very glad I did. Mma Ramotswe is such a delightful, smart and interesting character. I very much look forward to reading the 2nd book in the series.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

Enjoy a rare glimpse into the daily life of a contemporary African town in Botswana with this popular new mystery series. Mma. Ramotswe solves her clients' problems with a combination of common sense, humour, and wisdom. Charming, honest and life affirming, these little stories will leave you anxious for more.

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mc3387
Aug 05, 2014

I've had this book on my bookshelf at home for ages, and I finally picked it up last week. I thought it would be a fun summer read, simple and yet funny detective book. Though it was humorous and a great read, it was in no way simple or light. It tackled some of Africa's darkest history from the racist and deadly South Africa mines to mistreatment of women. It was wonderful to read this book. The narrator is a witty and intelligent woman that you can't help but love. I will definitely read the sequels, and I highly recommend this book to others.

mrsgail5756 Jan 01, 2014

A very good book. Not to be missed.

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