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It's the detective as folk hero, solving crimes through an innate, self-possessed wisdom that, combined with an understanding of human nature, invariably penetrates into the heart of a puzzle. If Miss Marple were fat and jolly and lived in Botswana--and decided to go against any conventional notion of what an unmarried woman should do, spending the money she got from selling her late father's cattle to set up a Ladies' Detective Agency--then you have an idea of how Precious sets herself up as her country's first female detective. Once the clients start showing up on her doorstep, Precious enjoys a pleasingly successful series of cases.
But the edge of the Kalahari is not St. Mary Mead, and the sign Precious orders, painted in brilliant colors, is anything but discreet. Pointing in the direction of the small building she had purchased to house her new business, it reads "THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY. FOR ALL CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS AND ENQUIRIES. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED FOR ALL PARTIES. UNDER PERSONAL MANAGEMENT."
The solutions she comes up with, whether in the case of the clinic doctor with two quite different personalities (depending on the day of the week), or the man who had joined a Christian sect and seemingly vanished, or the kidnapped boy whose bones may or may not be those in a witch doctor's magic kit, are all sensible, logical, and satisfying. Smith's gently ironic tone is full of good humor towards his lively, intelligent heroine and towards her fellow Africans, who live their lives with dignity and with cautious acceptance of the confusions to which the world submits them. Precious Ramotswe is a remarkable creation, and The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency well deserves the praise it received from London's Times Literary Supplement. I look forward with great eagerness to the upcoming books featuring the memorable Miss Ramotswe, Tears of the Giraffe and Morality for Beautiful Girls, soon to be available in the U.S. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Watched the series when it was on TV, loved Jill Scott as the main character . Thought I would now read the series which has so much more detail, as we all know in book form. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Rosemary Marquez
Not spellbinding, but a very entertaining story, a good story to relax with. Must read more of the series soon.Published 20 hours ago by J Weeber
Whenever you meet people who have concerns that are unanswered trying to find a solution is the best way to help. That is what a detective tries to do. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Elaine Hopkins
I like reading Alexander McCall Smith. Not for the complexity of his ploys, but because his gentle characters give me new perspectives. As always, the ladies at the No. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sandra Wagner Wright
The characters are so African and real. Mms ramotswe is a titally believable and wonderful character. Beautiful And real depiction of AfricaPublished 2 days ago by Cathy Harvey
This was very cute to read . The main character is her own woman and operates her agency on her own. Her clients are varied and the stories are wonderful.Published 4 days ago by Barbara
Guess this rating fell into my thinking that nothing is ever perfect. I did enjoy the book very much and hope there are others
in the making. My type of book.
Very witty and clever, but also simple in nature portraying everyday life while at the same time intriguing mysteries. A must read for any mystery enthusiast.Published 7 days ago by Shadowhope
Book 3 was a good a good story! Bravo! Looking forward to book 4. The author tells a wonderful story that takes place in Botswana, Africe. Read morePublished 8 days ago by LindaW