Part travel guide, part ethnography, and part detective story, this book will show you modern Africa in a way that no other book can. Delightful from beginning to end, a storyteller's masterwork, and an addictive opening to a wonderful series of works. The characters will live on long after you've closed the covers.
"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" is the story of Precious Ramotswe who, rebounding from a disastrous marriage to an abusive jazz musician and the heart-breaking loss of her premature baby, uses money she has inherited from her deceased father's cattle operation to start up a private investigation business. The book is a series of case vignettes that reveal much about human behavior. One vignette that made me smile and revealed the self-effacing nature of Mma Romotswe was her investigation of … more
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a series of eleven novels by British author Alexander McCall Smith. The agency is located in Gaborone, capital of Botswana. Its founder is a Motswana woman, Mma Precious Ramotswe, who features as the stories' protagonist and main detective. The episodic novels are as much about the adventures and foibles of different characters as they are about solving mysteries. Each book in the series follows on from the previous book. They have been adapted for radio and television and internet.