New. No dust jacket as issued. Tight binding with clean text. New. First Anchor Books edition.. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 240 p. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Paperback), 1. Audience: General/trade. his first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency received two Booker Judges' Special Recommendations and was voted one of the International Books of the Year and the Millennium by the "Times Literary Supplement."
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!
Publishers Weekly, 2002-07-29 The African-born author of more than 50 books, from children's stories (The Perfect Hamburger) to scholarly works (Forensic Aspects of Sleep), turns his talents to detection in this artful, pleasing novel about Mma (aka Precious) Ramotswe, Botswana's one and only lady private detective. A series of vignettes linked to the establishment and growth of Mma Ramotswe's "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" serve not only to entertain but to explore conditions in Botswana in a way that is both penetrating and light thanks to Smith's deft touch. Mma Ramotswe's cases come slowly and hesitantly at first: women who suspect their husbands are cheating on them; a father worried that his daughter is sneaking off to see a boy; a missing child who may have been killed by witchdoctors to make medicine; a doctor who sometimes seems highly competent and sometimes seems to know almost nothing about medicine. The desultory pace is fine, since she has only a detective manual, the frequently cited example of Agatha Christie and her instincts to guide her. Mma Ramotswe's love of Africa, her wisdom and humor, shine through these pages as she shines her own light on the problems that vex her clients. Images of this large woman driving her tiny white van or sharing a cup of bush tea with a friend or client while working a case linger pleasantly. General audiences will welcome this little gem of a book just as much if not more than mystery readers. (Aug. 27) FYI: Anchor is simultaneously issuing two other titles in this series, Tears of the Giraffe and Morality for Beautiful Girls. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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