The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by Alexander McCall Smith

Part of the Abacus 40th Anniversary Series

Crime / Mystery

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A 2013 World Book Night selection.

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.


Comparison: Colin Cotterill (The Coroner’s Lunch), Celestine Hitiura Vaite (Frangipani), Saumya Balsare (Cambridge Curry Club).

Sarah Broadhurst

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency Synopsis

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 Press Reviews

'Everything about [McCall Smith] is appealing. He's just full of delight - it just bubbles out of him' SUNDAY HERALD


'Indeed, the effort involved would have been justified by just one of them, THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY' Gerald Kaufman, Chairman of the 1999 BOOKER Prize Jury


'A rare pleasure' DAILY TELEGRAPH


'A publishing phenomenon' GUARDIAN

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ISBN: 9780349116754
Publication date: 05/06/2003
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349116754
Publication date: 5th June 2003
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: 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

Alexander McCall Smith was our Guest Editor in July 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series ...

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