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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 1)
The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 1
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400031344
ISBN-10: 1400031346
Publication Date: 9/2002
Pages: 240
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3.8 stars, based on 195 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 12
I love the way McCall Smith builds his primary characters in this series; they feel very real, and his details make it very easy to feel as if you, too, are seated with a mug of bush tea, brainstorming ways to drum up business. Highly recommended for those interested in mysteries and/or African culture.
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Helpful Score: 10
This book was a breath of fresh air. The author has succeeded in conveying the feeling of the culture, their pace of living and struggle to integrate its old-time values with the new technologies and influence of Western cultures. I found this book highly enjoyable and refreshing to the spirit.
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Helpful Score: 8
I just started this series because my parents got hooked. After one page I was too. I've read the second book and am starting on my third by this author. If you want to live in Africa for a couple days and get fascinated by the warmth and pride of "Precious" the No. 1 Lady detective of Botswana--this is a gift to yourself.
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Helpful Score: 5
As a fan of murder mysteries I did not think I would like this series, but I picked it p when I was stuck at Jury Duty with nothing else available to read, and I have to say, it was excellent. Well written, entertaining with enough intrigue to keep the reader held until the next book in the series.
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Helpful Score: 5
A different kind of cozy mystery set in Botswana. Precious Ramotswe is a delightful detective.
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Excellent read! This book gives the reader a sense of the basic important issues of love, fun, life, how to deal with sadness and other important issues we deal with everyday.
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A great read - sometimes has a bit too much cadence so that while reading, you feel like it's a form of lulling poetry rather than a prose story.

Solving many different mysteries, Patience lives her life - with some surprises along the way.
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Have gotten hooked on the series.

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