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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Format:  Paperback,

370 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2011

ISBN-13: 9780739378298

ISBN-10: 0739378295

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THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 1
Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor--not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea.
This 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."

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2011
ISBN-13: 9780739378298
ISBN-10: 0739378295
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 370
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.79
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.49 x 1.2 x 8.18

About the author

Biography of McCall Smith, Alexander

Alexander McCall Smith was born on August 24, 1948 in Zimbabwe. He was a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh, but he left in 2005 to focus on his writing. He has written over 60 books, including specialist academic titles including Forensic Aspects of Sleep and The Criminal Law of Botswana, short story collections including Portuguese Irregular Verbs, and children's books including The Perfect Hamburger. He is best known for the No.

1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and the Sunday Philosophy Club series. He is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie and The 44 Scotland Street Series. He has received numerous awards, including The Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library Award and the 2004 United Kingdom's Author of the Year Award. His book, The Full Cupboard of Life, received the Saga Award for Wit in the United Kingdom. In 2007, he received a CBE for his services in literature.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2004-01-01)

Lovers of mysteries are in for a treat. Smith has produced an award-winning book that is a joy from start to finish. It will take listeners to Botswana and give them a glimpse into the rich and wonderful life of Mma Ramotswe. Nicknamed "Precious" by her loving father, Mma decides to take the money she receives after his death and open up (drum roll, please!) the Number One Ladies' Detective Agency.

Mma is a bright young lady, and even though her first few cases are relatively lightweight, she becomes more and more confident in her chosen profession. Reader Lisette Lecat transports listeners to Botswana with her incredible array of accents; her narration adds immensely to the overall appeal of this delightfully different novel that belongs in every public library collection. Mma Ramotswe is a character whom we definitely want to meet again.

-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

This 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.

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