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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.
The writer demonstrates his keen understanding of relations between men and women in this lovely story of beautiful girls in Botswana.Published 10 hours ago by Flora S. H. Ling
Well written, good command of grammar and delightful. I was sad when the TV version of #1 Ladies Detective series was taken
off line due to the death of the producer. Read more
This book makes me want to travel to Botswana and see women who look like Mma R. It's surprising that a man can write about how women feel. Very well done.Published 12 days ago by leodiva
I have read other #1 detective books and this one might even be ranked higher but five stars - I don't know.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book . Very entertaining with lots of wisdom thrown in.Published 17 days ago by Jacquelyn Flaum
So glad I found this series to read; this is the second book in the series. I hope to read all twelve books in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Debra Hill