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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by Alexander McCall Smith

Part of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

Crime / Mystery

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This charming, light-hearted, wise tale hit the literary world in 2001 and became a word-of-mouth bestseller.  If you are new to the series you really should start here to get the full background.  After that you can appreciate the others in any order you like but they do follow through as Precious Ramotswe’s love/office/family and friendships develop.  They are uplifting, warm and strangely compelling, a must-read for all.

Books in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series:

1. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

2. Tears of the Giraffe

3. Morality of Beautiful Girls

4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men

5. The Full Cupboard of Life

6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

7. Blue Shoes and Happiness

8. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

9. The Miracle at Speedy Motors

10. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

11. The Double Comfort Safari Club

12. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

13. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

14. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

15. The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café

16. The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

17. Precious and Grace

18. The House of Unexpected Sisters

19. The Colours of All the Cattle

20. To the Land of Long Lost Friends

21. How to Raise An Elephant

Sarah Broadhurst

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Synopsis

THE FIRST BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES

Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective.

In the first book of the bestselling series, Mma Ramotswe - with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi - navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humour and the occasional cup of tea.

Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective.

Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger . . . The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the 1st book in the series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Press Reviews

A small slice of heaven - Scotsman

A delight - Daily Telegraph

Hugely enjoyable - Sunday Times

Immersing yourself in Precious Ramotswe's life seems to slow your heart rate while sharpening your senses - Scotsman

I haven't read anything with such alloyed pleasure for a long time - Sunday Telegraph

A publishing phenomenon - Guardian

A rare pleasure - Daily Telegraph

The Miss Marple of Botswana - New York Times Book Review

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ISBN: 9780349142852
Publication date: 27/02/2018
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349142852
Publication date: 27th February 2018
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Alexander McCall Smith

McCall Smith’s generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers — New York Times Alexander McCall Smith, often referred to as ‘Sandy’,  is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the UK and abroad before turning his hand to writing fiction. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist ...

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