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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is one woman, Precious Ramotswe, working out of a breezeblock office in Botswana. A cross between Kinsey Millhone and Miss Marple, Precious makes an unlikely heroine as she embarks on a very African mystery

Paperback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Abacus, 2003
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Statement of responsibility: Alexander McCall Smith
ISBN: 034911675X, 9780349116754
Note: Originally published: Edinburgh: Polygon, 1998.
Physical Description: 250 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Women private investigators Botswana Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5.9
Interest Level: UY
Points: 10
Quiz Number: 221120

Author note

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is a Professor of Medical Law, but also an author who has now written over fifty books on a wide range of subjects. His collection of African stories,CHILDREN OF WAX, received critical acclaim and has been the subject of an award-winning film.

Back cover copy

The one where it all begins

Mma Ramotswe is the proud proprieter of the finest ladies' detective agency in all Botswana (also the only one). She spends her time, with a cup of redbush tea beneath the acacia tree, waiting for clients. When they come along, whether it is to enquire after a missing spouse or check the identity of a long-lost father, it is not The Principles of Private Detection that helps her to solve cases but old-fashioned common sense and a warm-hearted understanding of the fallibility of human nature -especially that of men.

'Jolly and exhilarating' Sunday Telegraph
'Delightful' Sunday Times

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