* A highly original 'detective' novel with unique setting and characters, this is the first of four 'Botswana' titles are both beautiful and charming.* A highly original 'detective' novel with unique setting and characters, this is the first of four 'Botswana' titles are both beautiful and charming.Read Less
Fine. No dust jacket as issued. First edition. Mass market (rack) paperback. FINE. Looks New. Glued binding. 272 p. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Paperback), 1. Audience: General/trade. Precious Ramotswe, a cheerful woman of traditional build, is the founder of Botswana's first and only ladies' detective agency. Here is a gentle interpretation of the detective role: solving her cases through her innate wisdom and understanding of human nature, she 'helps people with problems in their lives'. With a tone that is as elegant as that which is unfailingly used by his protagonist, Alexander McCall Smith tenderly unfolds a picture of life in Gaborone with a mastery of comic understatement and an evident sympathy for his subjects and their milieu. In the background of all this is Botswana, a country of vast landscapes and echoing skies, one so beautiful and entrancing that it breaks the heart. Mma Ramotswe has prepared the red bush tea and is waiting for you to join her. She has much to tell you.
I loved this book. I saw it on television and waited to buy the book at a reasonable price that I could afford. This lady detective is a warm and cheery sole. I got quite involved in it and couldn't put it down until the very end. I would recommend it to any body who likes something different in the detective and crime world.
Jun 24, 2010
Unusual short stories about life in a small African village.
Dec 20, 2009
Fall in love with the spirit of place & heroine
The author conveys so authentically and with gentle humour the nuances of a country a world away from what the majority of us know.
Here people address each other respectfully as "Mother" (MMa) and "Brother" (Rra).
This is not a heroine who is blind to the faults of the world, she sees clearly but with a loving heart.
The TV series does a great job of preserving the flavour of this wonderful book and the other titles in the series.
May 14, 2009
perfect light read
The first book in a growing series tells of the life and work of Precious Ramotswe, the first lady detective in Botswana. While portraying Mma Ramotswe's day to day activities,the writer also shares a warm glimpse into the culture and history of Botswana and its people. Our heroine has her own sense of wisdom and justice, reflective of the philosophy of life instilled by her Daddy, which she applies to her clients' problems with a generousity of heart.
While this series is not thrilling or exciting, you will read this with a smile on your face wanting to finish before you put it down.
Sep 4, 2008
A gentle delight.....
The delightful first book in this series of 6, telling of the life of Precious Ramotswe, the first lady detective in Botswana. Here we don't have murder, or car chases - Mma Ramotswe settles her traditionally-built figure into her tiny white van, and explores the mysteries of missing cattle, misbehaving husbands and wayward sons and daughters. This is a lovely, warm glimpse into the life of the people living in Gabarone, Botswana. We get in tune with their philosophies of life and the relaxed pace of living. I was recommended to read this by a friend, and have since happily settled down with the rest of the series. It isn't exciting, it isn't salacious, it isn't gripping, it won't have you falling off your seat laughing. Instead you'll sit there with a contented smile on your face and a real reluctance to put down this book!
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