|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
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 an alternate Paperback edition.
Really liked that Botswana's only female detective prided herself not on solving crimes but on helping people with their problems. Read morePublished 2 days ago by DragonOne
"Morality for Beautiful Girls" was an uplifting story. I always like to read about the goodness in people being recognized and applauded and leading to good things for... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Marcia R. Clark
I enjoyed reading this book and I remembered some of the stories from the HBO series.Published 14 days ago by Diane Boston
I did not get into this book at all. Felt like a waste of time. The writing felt stilted and awkward to read. I am not going to be reading the rest of the series.Published 15 days ago by Nora M
Love the whole series....kind of a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys AFRICA style....yay!Published 20 days ago by cindy eley
Very charming and entertaining book. I enjoyed it so much and could hardly put it down until I reached the end of the story. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Margrit