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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 dialogues are truly priceless, and even the thoughts of some characters, such as the evil and conniving maid of Ramotswe's fiance, are truly entertaining.
This series slowly takes you in with the simple language, but compellingly strong, intelligent characters.
This was another enjoyable read in the Ladies Detective Agency Series. They are well written.Published 1 hour ago by Isobel Matson
I absolutely love this series! I highly recommend it to anyone who has not read it! You won't regret it.Published 10 hours ago by thriftypine
These are GREAT books. I've never read anything like this before! An African woman decides to set up her own detective agency.. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Nuschler
Funny with a quirkiness of simplicity and logic..quite a different approach to a mystery novel..Published 1 day ago by lynne vought
I am new but totally devoted fan of Mma. Precious Ramotswe and her No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Botswana. She is clever, wise, kind, and also cunningly smart and observant. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Helene Stephens
I was disappointed that it came in book form. I thought I had ordered the novel on CD. My husband is nearly blind and we listen to novels together. How can I return it?Published 2 days ago by Blondie
I have read a few of the No. One Ladies Detective Agency books. I want to read them all. Exotic African location. Charming characters. Great writing. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Judy