The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by Alexander Mcca Smith

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | October 17, 2012 | Hardcover

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is rated 4.125 out of 5 by 8.
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. 

The beloved first novel in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, now available for the first time in hardcover, 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, Mma Ramotswe 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 that of a missing eleven-year-old boy who may have been snatched by witch doctors.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.52 × 5.82 × 0.94 in

Published: October 17, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375423877

ISBN - 13: 9780375423871

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated out of 5 by from A very quick fun read. The characters have a great sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Would make a good teen read.
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written I started reading the series because of the TV show. The book is better then the show. The in depth description of the characters and the atmosphere of Botswana is captivating.
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency I found this book to be a really easy read that was refreshing. I loved the way he described this part of Africa and the way of life was so simple and rewarding. I began to think how nice it would be to live in Boswana and not deal with the daily grind in the our society. If you would like to escape to an easy world, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't believe how good it is. I am absolutely thrilled with this book. Mystery without the gore. It’s a fun/ entertaining/ relaxing read that isn’t fluff. Can't wait to read Tears of the Giraffe.
Date published: 2007-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and heartwarming This book follows the adventures of the first woman detective in a small African town. Some adventures are heartwarming, others are simply fun to read. The author also vividly describes this part of Africa and brings the reader closer to the good and bad parts of the culture.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable! An enjoyable easy read for a summer afternoon. Insightful look at daily life in Botswana through the eyes of the cleanly defined main character. A great treat for all of us armchair travellers. Would recommend to young (mature) readers as well. Truly Delightful!
Date published: 2006-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great role model A beautiful, lyrically written novel that is simple but not simplistic. It is easy to read, almost like a childhood fable, but the adventures of Mma Ramotswe will leave you smiling and wanting more. Each lesson inside this book is a good one. If you like to read to relax and be enlightened, The Number One Ladies Detective Agency - and every book in this series - is for you! Enjoy it with a nice cup of tea, like Mma Ramotswe would do. ;)
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO MUCH FUN I can not believe that anyone would say that they didn't enjoy this book. LIght - yes, easy to read - absolutely. But such a delightful story. i have re-read it so many times, and enjoy it every time. so - sure i know the ending, but that is half of the fun. the characters are so believable, and it's hard to believe that it was written by a man.
Date published: 2006-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of time Despite all of the publicity surrounding this series, I have to admit... I was thoroughly disappointed with Detective Agency. A light read, perhaps, but this book has very little substance. McCall Smith shows himself to be an excellent researcher and his characters are definately lovable... but this book is horribly predictable and goes absolutely no where. I do not recommend this book and will not be trying any more books from this author. I'm off to read Wally Lamb.
Date published: 2006-01-02

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by Alexander Mcca Smith

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.52 × 5.82 × 0.94 in

Published: October 17, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375423877

ISBN - 13: 9780375423871

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CHAPTER ONE The Daddy Mma Ramotswe had a detective agency in Africa, at the foot of Kgale Hill. These were its assets: a tiny white van, two desks, two chairs, a telephone, and an old typewriter. Then there was a teapot, in which Mma Ramotswe--the only lady private detective in Botswana--brewed redbush tea. And three mugs--one for herself, one for her secretary, and one for the client. What else does a detective agency really need? Detective agencies rely on human intuition and intelligence, both of which Mma Ramotswe had in abundance. No inventory would ever include those, of course. But there was also the view, which again could appear on no inventory. How could any such list describe what one saw when one looked out from Mma Ramotswe''s door? To the front, an acacia tree, the thorn tree which dots the wide edges of the Kalahari; the great white thorns, a warning; the olive-grey leaves, by contrast, so delicate. In its branches, in the late afternoon, or in the cool of the early morning, one might see a Go-Away Bird, or hear it, rather. And beyond the acacia, over the dusty road, the roofs of the town under a cover of trees and scrub bush; on the horizon, in a blue shimmer of heat, the hills, like improbable, overgrown termite mounds. Everybody called her Mma Ramotswe, although if people had wanted to be formal, they would have addressed her as Mme Mma Ramotswe. This is the right thing for a person of stature, but which she had never used of herself. So it was always Mma Ra
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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. 

The beloved first novel in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, now available for the first time in hardcover, 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, Mma Ramotswe 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 that of a missing eleven-year-old boy who may have been snatched by witch doctors.

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the huge international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, and of The Sunday Philosophy Club and 44 Scotland Street series. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana and at Edinburgh University. He lives in Scotland.

Editorial Reviews

“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series is a literary confection of gossamer deliciousness . . . There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books.”

–Janet Malcolm, The New York Times Book Review
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