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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.
Book contains a lot of information on Africa & the African lifestyle & attitude. Book is written in a very laid back fashion & is not a real "page turner".Published 2 days ago by William P.
Enjoyed the characters. Felt involved in the action and sometimes surprised by the outcome. Would recommend for anyone interested in detective stories.Published 3 days ago by Roxie Harris
enjoy his series very much; an interesting and different look at life and it's prioritiesPublished 4 days ago by J. Stephen
Well written and entertaining. Can't wait to read more in the series.Published 7 days ago by Ruth Honnas
So human, so engaging, with phiolsophical observations sprinkled in. I am going to read the entire series.Published 7 days ago by Phyllis Mueller
I have 9 of the book series...I am on book 5! Very easy & enjoyable! Love the lesson the author writes in each book. Easy, fun reading! Read morePublished 8 days ago by New Beginnings