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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.
One of my favorite books of all time! I recommend it to everyone. Love the characters and I miss them after I finish reading!Published 2 days ago by Andrea Lewandowski
In Botswana, Precious Ramotswe uses an inheritance to open her own detective agency. In a world run by men, Precious must be brave and assertive to solve the puzzles her clients... Read morePublished 6 days ago by J. d'Artagnan Love
Utterly brilliant. Honors the reader to know how to fill in the unspoken. Poetic in the most simple, elegant way.Published 7 days ago by Lola Jones
Different style different lNd different people. But charming . An easy read delightful and interest g.
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This e version cost only a couple of dollars less than the trade paperback did when it came out more than a decade ago, though it couldn't have cost the publisher much if anything... Read morePublished 12 days ago by J.
Wonderful story....great characters & setting. Very enjoyable read!Published 17 days ago by L. Judd Douglas
She is a very clever lady that is very enjoyable to listen to. I strongly suggest you add the audio so you can hear how the various words are pronounced.Published 22 days ago by Gary R. North
Wonderful book! I'm addicted! I love the characters and all of the stories within the big story! I'm looking forward to reading book number two and more!Published 22 days ago by Kimberly