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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
ISBN-13: 9781400031344
ISBN-10: 1400031346
Publication Date: 9/2002
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 194 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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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
A different kind of cozy mystery set in Botswana. Precious Ramotswe is a delightful detective.
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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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This is the first of the series about Mma Ramotswe and her detective business. It is a marvelous book, the start of a wonderful series, which you will never forget. The characters jump from the page, nearly as true as in the flesh, and they develop from book to book. I highly recommend these stories to anyone!
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There were some interesting and evocative passages about Africa, but I found the writing style too aggressively simplistic (reminiscent of Dick and Jane books, to be honest) and the mysteries so inconsequential that I don't remember them 20 minutes after finishing the novel. If I don't think of these as mysteries I might at some point pick up another, but probably not.
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Helpful Score: 3
I only made it to about page 50...BORRING!! I'm so disappointed!
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Helpful Score: 2
I love all the Mma Ramotswe books. This is the first in the series. Highly recommend.
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Very charming book. A good relaxing read.
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This charming book is set in Botswana and tells of a detective agency run by Mma Precious Ramotswe. Precious shows her love for her country in such a way that you can smell the dust, see the sunsets, hear the buzz of the insects. The cases Precious takes on are not your typical murder and mayhem, but rather more seemingly mundane cases of missing husbands, stolen cars, missing children, and con men. But the real heart of this book is the simple wisdom and kindness Precious uses to help her clients. And in so doing, she gives us a glimpse into her soul.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Africa, books with strong heroines, cozy books, and those who are looking for something a little different to while away a lazy evening.
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I enjoyed reading this first book out of the series. The writing is incredible and very well done-you can see all the characters and the environment that they are in. Very well done.
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This book hooked me on the series. It's an engaging character study with some clever mysteries to sort out. You'll enjoy getting to know the protagonist, Mma Ramotswe, and her view of life. After I read this book, I started doing an Internet search on Botswana to learn more about the setting.
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The first book in a very delightful series.Highly recommended.
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This was very refreshing from all the Fantesy and Si Fi I ususaaly read. Not a sit on the edge of the chair type but just enough to keep you interested and appreciate the womanly way she goes about things.
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I enjoyed this book. It is about a bold strong woman finding her place in an uncharted territory!
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A Really great fun, quick read that actually is empowering to females and is even a great read for those who are active in the fat acceptance movement, meaning that the main character is fat and yet is not made into a joke! The writing isn't quite my style, i.e. very formulaic, like most detective works, so it took me a little longer to get what all the buzz is about, but I would definitely recommend it. I also found it very interesting to read a detective book that does not take place in the Western world, so not only was it an entertaining read, but it also was a little educational (for me, a person who lives in the States). HBO is currently doing a series based upon the books-unfortunately, I cannot compare, since I don't have HBO!!!
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This is not your typical mystery novel. It has several episodes that the main character solves while sharing some of the culture of Bostwana. It is a great read.
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Slow paced, relaxing book to read that has wonderful African flavor. Great for summer afternoons.
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This book was a wonderful surprise. Not your typical fast paced mystery. Will now look for others in the series.
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I read this book in a couple days and loved it. For lack of a better word, it is very charming. The heroine, Precious Ramotswe, opened a detective agency. She is clever and practical and "helps fix people's lives". It is really interesting reading how she solves the various cases that she is hired for. I loved reading about Africa, especially the country of Botswana where the book is set in. I even looked up information on the internet to learn more about the country, people and language. I am hooked now and want to read the entire series.
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Alexander McCall Smith so impressed me with this book I joined his readers fan club to get the newsletter and stay current with his latest. He's a trail-blazer of an author, he creates his own sub-genres. From what I have read he has several series going and I can't wait to read every single book he has written.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very hard to get into, but a great examination of the culture of southern Africa, as well as some of its history.
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Once you read this, you will want to read all of the books in this series. To call them "mysteries" isn't quite right...but they are a delicious read.
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This was a 5 star book all the way. What a breath of fresh air. The story takes place in Africa, which I did not expect, I didn't read the details, I loved the cover so I bought it, lol. I was memorized through the whole book, it is one of those that you can not put down and I didn't. I stayed up till 3am, waiting to see what would happen next. Its full of mystery, intelligence, humorous moments, geezzz its just awesome. I see that this is book 1. This series goes all the way to book 15. Ive a long way to go, but Ill enjoy the ride!
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Utterly charming and delightful. I love the characters and story is interesting, but light and I feel like I've visited another place after every reading session. Just a nice, little read that I strongly recommend.
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Enjoyable to read
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I thought this book started off slowly, but I loved the way the characters were developed. Further, I don't really think this book fits well into the category of mysteries & thrillers.

It is the story of an African woman who opens the first detective agency and her clientele. You get to hear about the African culture, about mining, about her marriage, and about her definition of success.

I enjoyed the style of writing. All of the characters were well developed as were the stories. Further, I enjoyed the way that Africa acted as a character in the novel. I enjoyed the way that the author made me understand the culture that he was portraying.

Someday, I may go and pick up book 2. For now, I'm content with having finished book 1.
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After getting the groove of how to read this book, it envelopes you into the culture of Botswana. Easy read, and entertaining.
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Helpful Score: 1
Although the pace of this book (and it's sequels) is slow they draw you in to the African way of life and I enjoyed reading them. I would definately recommend them.
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I was going through my bookshelf and I saw that I still had this poor book. I was originally going to get them all, but seeing as they are still coming out, I decided what the heck... and read it :)

This was such a good/cute read. I have no idea why it took me so long. Totally not something I would have picked up myself and now I'm looking forward to reading some of the others. Definitely, definitely worth a read!
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The first in a popular series, this book follows Precious Ramotswe, whose father's death and her subsequent inheritance offer her the opportunity for independence as she starts her own detective agency. Though it deals with some heavy subject matter, it's overall light and upbeat reading. Her attitude, so pragmatic yet optimistic, make her very likable.
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This was a fast-to-read, enjoyable book, not overly complex but full of heart and human warmth. Down-to-earth, thoughtful, and disarming, Precious is a wonderful character. She is as aware of her own faults as she is of the faults of others, and her simple philosophy of following what is right serves her well in dealings with all manner of people.
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This was a very interesting read. Not your typical mystery, but full of small mysteries and one confident woman going against the grain by setting up a detective agency in a society mostly run by men.
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I agree with one review that it is hard to get involved in to begin with, but once you do... I really enjoy learning about different cultures, traditions and habits. I think this was a book that my daughter had to read for school, but I decided to read it. I am glad that I made that decision.
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This is a quick read that will have you addicted to the entire series. If you like to see women empowered with a fun slant, this series is for you.
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The book begins slowly, but don't do what I almost did and stop listening. All the details at the beginning begin to weave together into one of the most engaging stories I've listened to in a long time.

In addition to the characters which ate well-developed--no one dimensional people in this story-learning about the culture was absolutely fascinating.

I recommend this book. In fact I'm wondering if I shouldn't just keep it instead of posting it for someone else.

Enjoy!!
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I was expecting more from this book. I thought it was a nice story, but I have read books that kept me interested more than this did.
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In a word, bland. Set in Botswana, this is the first in a series about a woman detective. While the main character, Precious Ramotswe, is endlessly likeable- generous, dry-witted, and endlessly nosey, the story dragged along, with no real high points, and no real low points. I found the setting, modern Africa, much more interesting than the story itself, and maybe there's value in that as well. But I doubt I'll be looking into the rest of the books in this series.
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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Audio book) by Alexander McCall Smith

Genre: Mystery, Series

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is the first in a series of 10 books focusing on the life of Precious Ramotswe and her fledgling detective agency in Botswana, Africa. When Mma Ramotswe's father passes away and leaves her with a large sum of money she decides that she will open the first detective agency run by a woman in Botswana. As her clients begin to trickle in, and she has success at solving their problems, more and more people come to her for help. As well as solving mysteries Mma Ramotswe also interacts with the people who are in her life and they help her to grow as a person and to solve her cases.

One of the most interesting things about this book is that you learn so much about African culture and the beauty of the nature. Africa doesn't usually end up in best selling fiction very often. I found myself engrossed in learning about the country of Botswana (I can name three cities, the capital, the border countries, major industry, and some basic history of the country). I also think this book is very much about the empowerment of women. Mma Ramotswe opens her own company in a male dominated world with a lot of pressure on her. She is able to solve mysteries others can't, run her business, and still have a personal life at the same time.

I found myself very interested in all of the characters in the book. It took me awhile to remember all of their names â and how to pronounce them â but they were very well written, well rounded characters. As I was listening, I decided that it was a very good decision to choose this on audio book â I would have found myself too hung up on the pronunciation otherwise. The narrator is a native South African woman whose speech pattern lent itself perfectly to making the experience very real and almost palpable.

While the early part of the story was a little slow going â I very much enjoyed the book. I found myself looking for the other audio books in the series at the library when I returned it (I think it will be the next audio book I get, if it is there).

I would recommend this to anyone interested in some light mysteries (nothing like the James Patterson type mysteries, more local grown mysteries) as well as learning about the beautiful, rich, African culture.

4 out of 5 stars.
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This is just a light, fun, but educational book too. You will grow to love Prescious Ramotswe and her struggles to open the #1 Ladies Detective Agency in Botswana. Alexander McCall Smith provides us with a good description of what it is like to live there. I've ordered book 2 & 3 in the series.
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unabridged. refreshingly different and enjoyable.
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awsome, wholesome, sweet story. first in a series.
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Fantastic book! Mcall Smith has a perfect way of writing the way people think, almost like a stream of conciousness, but absolutely hilarious.
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A highly enjoyable book about a woman who uses her inheritance to start a detective agency after her father dies. It took a little while to get used to the slower pace of this book, but that pace gives the reader a feel for a more laid-back society in Botswana. I enjoyed the difference in culture, and how Mma Ramotswe used her intuition to solve cases. I look forward to reading more in this series.
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This is a wonderful book of figuring out what life means. Precious Ramatswe has wonderful insights to what a human being should strive for to survive in this world. She decides to open the first ladies detective agency in Botswana. Precious is funny, intelligent, brave and sensitive to everyday life. This book will make you feel like the world is better because of her! I loved her sense of well-being for humanity!
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As a read aloud to the family, there is challenging pronunciation but we love this series. I hope the HBO series comes back this year.
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A wonderful adventure of Mma Ramotswe. Her common sense and compassion has turned her detective agency, the only one run by a woman in Botswana, into a success. A glimpse into a culture, so unlike our own, reminds us that humans share many qualities regardless of what they do or where they live.
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Smith has written an enchanting book that is can be described as a cross between an engaging detective story and a love poem to Africa. Mma Ramotswe is as warm and as solid as the red earth of Botswana; she loves every inch of the Africa she knows and identifies with and wouldn't live anywhere else. She embodies the African traits of deep ties to family and community, concern for one's neighbors, and respect for tradition. She commands respect and she gets it. Smith has added a delightful and enduring creation to the pantheon of famous detectives in fiction. Jane Marple, move over. Or rather, make a separate space for Mma Ramotswe. She deserves a pedestal of her own.
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Mma Ramotswe inherited enough money from a sale of her dead father's cows to buy a home and establish the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Botswana. Relying on memory, gossip, and instructions from a book on how to be a detective, she found missing husbands, solved a fraud case and learned the secret of an off-again, on-again doctor.
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Very sweet book, with a background of Botswana in Africa. The style of the language is simple and formal, but also interesting and informative.
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AMS is a fantastic author. I really enjoyed his Scotland Street series and this series has not left me disappointed. He has a way of transporting you to another place and creating very true characters. I recommend.
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I wish I knew Precious Ramotswe. She would be a great friend to have, especially if you happened to live in Botswana. As it is, she introduced me to her culture through her intuitive detecting, her strength of character, and her adventurous mystery solving. She is a person worth knowing!
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I enjoyed everything about this book...the characters, the plot, the underlying themes. This series is a refreshing change.
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This is the first in the series. (So far I've read two.) I find the simple prose and storytelling pleasant, the main characters likable, their relationships engaging and the depiction of Botswana, a place I don't know, interesting. I'd catagorize these mystery novels as "cozies." The detective, Precious Ramotswe, solves her cases via intelligent conversation and intuition.
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Lots of humor and humanity with a dash of suspense thrown in. I bought this book thinking it would be stereotypical fluff, but was pleasantly surprised. Smith presents us with a world both exotic and familiar and a main character we laugh with and respect.
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This series is one of the most delightful stories I have read in a long time.
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This was a book club pick - I didn't care for it and wouldn't buy others in this story line. Just too . . . I don't know . . . "made up"?? I know it's fiction, but I just didn't care for it.
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Great introduction to Alexander McCall's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. A fun read.
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I have no idea how this series has gotten so popular. I enjoy a quick mindless read as well as the next person, but this book is beyond simplistic. However, I think it would be something that I may have liked in 6th grade. I think this should be categorized as "young adult" readers.
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Another great book in the series.
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Great Characters.A really good series
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Loved it!
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I have throughly enjoyed this series and the characters are amusing, endearing and I became totally invested in their "lives". Otherwise I am not a fan of A. McCall Smith or any of his other works. I think I became a fan of this series because I caught the show on HBO. It's not Agatha Christie, a much light fare, but it's a quick read on a rainy afternoon. Be sure to have a cup of "Bush Tea" nearby.
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This is a fun read!
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OK but a bit slow. I haven't gone on to read the rest of the series because of that.
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loved the book and it's characters. fast read.
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Fabulous reading! Unlike any other mystery you've ever read, unless you've read the other books in this series.
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highly amusing
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An quick, entertaining read that offers humor and insight into African culture. It reads almost like a book of short stories, only they are mostly about the same person.
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A fun, light mystery filled with many unique charactors. First in a series.
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Very entertaining story about an African Woman who opens up a detective agency.
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This is an absolutely Awesome Series! The first book in a series of five....brilliantly written, holds your interest.
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I loved this book. You learn about the country's culture in direct and subtle ways as you follow the mystery. There are a number of humorous points, too.
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My wife liked it a lot. I finished it, but wasn't really thrilled with it, though itis very popular.
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Just before Precious Ramotswe's father dies he tells her to open a store. she immediatly decides she will open a detective agency.she is hired to solve a few small cases but the main case that tugs at her heart and puts her in danger is that of a missing boy who may have been snatched by witch doctors
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Really clever, fun, easy read. Very enjoyable.
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This is a very enjoyable book, telling the story of a delightful women detective (Precious Ramotswe) in Rowanda solving her customers problems sometimes in rather odd and scary ways.
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From one of today's best know writers. A great read.
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A very light, entertaining book...the first in a series. Highly recommended, fast and curious read.
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The first in the series this is the story of Precious Ramotswe who is drawn to her profession to "help people" with the problems in their lives.
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A very good, very quick read.
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Alexander McCall Smith's first book in his decective series. Funny and cute read.
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A quick entertaining read.
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Enjoyable, quick read.
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great little story. Very warm and homey.
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I really loved this book, about a black woman in Botswana setting up a dectective agency. The characters are great, and it's very different.
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The philosophy in these books is heart-warming, gives you pause, and makes you smile.
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the cover copy claims it to be "one of the best, most charming, honest, hilarious and life-affirming books to appear in years." personally, that was not my experience and, in fact, i put it aside in favor of the next book in my stack as i simply did not find it particularly engaging. it's a little too polly-ann-ish and, surprisingly, emotionally detached. definitely do not think you have any insight into any part of africa having read this book. but don't let me put you off -- others obviously enjoy this book very much.
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I am loving this series! Well written, very interesting plot. I would recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a good mystery.
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Super enjoyable. Light, but poignant. I look forward to reading more of Alexander McCall Smith's books!
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Smart and sassy, Precious Ramotswe- the "Miss Marple of Botswana". The characters are as familiar as neighbors.
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Interesting book. He agency is in Botswana. Lots of local information.
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The first in a terrific series. A must read for mystery lovers.
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One of the Today's show book picks. Really cute and enjoyable. You will love Precious.
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Liked the second in the series better. But good start
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I want Mma Ramotswe as my friend. Of course, that means I have to read more books about her and The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. She is a modern woman in a country struggling to become modern. Using money from the sale of cattle inherited from her father, Precious Ramotswe begins her own detective agency. She rights wrongs that include cheating husbands, missing children, witchcraft, and questions of identity and strange behavior.

With wit, wisdom, and insight into the people, culture and landscape of Botswana, the author draws the reader into Precious Ramotswe's life and adventures. The book is an easy read filled with joy, humor and insight. There is also a surprise ending.
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I resisted picking up this book for a long time and quite frankly I don't know why I even bought it. I am now sorry that I waited so long. A charming book- serious, sad, funny and warm. Happy ending too.
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Delightful!
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I was a different type of private-eye novel. Unique and intersting.
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Not very engaging.
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Just when I was getting sick and tired of books that have the same plot, different names & places, I accidentally found The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Set in Botswanaland, Africa, the star is a fat African lady who decides to become a detective. Actually, there were no murders, altho there was a death. There was a lot of cheating (man cheating on wife, greedy doctor having his twin fill in for him while he... but let's not spoil it.

The end is as peaceful an ending as you would want, and is no less important than the beginning and middle. :) Ma Ramatzway solves her cases very neatly.

I also discovered that this has been made into a TV series, and the one I saw was very fun. But why do they put kid-safe series on after Jay Leno?
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Warm, humorous and uplifting, Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's only female private detective agency, have become international bestsellers, sold over seven million copies, and been translated into 26 languages.These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books vividly to life. "The Return of Note" finds Mma Ramotswe in a compromising situation when her past catches up with her. But things are looking brighter for her assistant, Mma Makutsi, when she takes up ballroom dancing..."The Ceremony" sees Mma Ramotswe's agency work under control at last, so she has time to take care of her own problems. Can she release her fiance Mr J. L. B. Matekoni from his rash undertaking to do a charity parachute jump? And will the return of an old love jeopardize her plan to spring a romantic surprise on her husband-to-be? Starring Claire Benedict as Mma Ramotswe and Nadine Marshall as Mma Makutsi, these dramatizations are guaranteed to appeal to all fans of the engaging lady detective. 'Must-listen...beautifully cast, precisely timed, simply wonderful'.
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Very funny and entertaining.
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A delightful introduction to this series and the reader of this audio version cannot be beat.
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I highly enjoy the audio books of this No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency due to the rich voice of the narrator and Alexander McCall Smith weaves a colorful story in the setting of Botswana. All of the characters are a joy to follow within the series.
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I really liked this book, and it was very close to the HBO special. I would love to see all the books in this series.
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What a wonderful heroine and how fun to see how a different culture lives. Well-written and enjoyable!
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Great character depth!
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Super book! Well written...a gentle story of life in Africa with a little intrigue thrown in. Couldn't put it down.
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It took a bit to get into. The beginning felt like a bunch of background info that wasn't always necessary. About halfway through though it picked up, and I started to really enjoy it.
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cute but predictable
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Good book with an unusual story line. Fun and entertaining.
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Really enjoyed this light read about an African woman who opens her own detective agency. The author includes interesting facts about Africa - its terrain, people, customs, history. The "mysteries" are uncomplicated and solved rather easily by this generous, big-hearted woman. If you're looking for a light, quick read for an airplane flight, this is it. I'll definitely check out the other books in the series.
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This book is a delightful read! The excellent writing weaves a tale that engages many emotions at once.
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The African-born author of more than 50 books, from children's stories (The Perfect Hamburger) to scholarly works (Forensic Aspects of Sleep), turns his talents to detection in this artful, pleasing novel about Mma (aka Precious) Ramotswe, Botswana's one and only lady private detective. A series of vignettes linked to the establishment and growth of Mma Ramotswe's "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" serve not only to entertain but to explore conditions in Botswana in a way that is both penetrating and light thanks to Smith's deft touch. Mma Ramotswe's cases come slowly and hesitantly at first: women who suspect their husbands are cheating on them; a father worried that his daughter is sneaking off to see a boy; a missing child who may have been killed by witchdoctors to make medicine; a doctor who sometimes seems highly competent and sometimes seems to know almost nothing about medicine. The desultory pace is fine, since she has only a detective manual, the frequently cited example of Agatha Christie and her instincts to guide her. Mma Ramotswe's love of Africa, her wisdom and humor, shine through these pages as she shines her own light on the problems that vex her clients. Images of this large woman driving her tiny white van or sharing a cup of bush tea with a friend or client while working a case linger pleasantly. General audiences will welcome this little gem of a book just as much if not more than mystery readers.
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Just the beginning of a wonderful series of 12 (so far!). We can all learn from Mma Ramotswe--a sweet but strong character who naturally embodies common sense, common decency, and loyalty. The stories, dialogues, and characters are so dear, and McCall's descriptions of the African countryside will have you taking in all it's beauty and feeling the sweet air as the rain approaches. My sister-in-law travelled to Botswana just because of these books. She reported that the people and places are just like Alexander McAll Smith presents them here: a true village of decent folk in a beautiful country.
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Very enjoyable introduction to Mma Precious Rambotswe and her detective agency.
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surprisingly entertaining to read
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This is a great series. It is difficult at first to slow down to his pace and style of writing, but once you do it is a relaxing and enjoyable read.
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I absolutely loved this book and ordered Bk. 2. Fascinating insight into Botswana everyday life. Makes the everyday dilemmas of ordinary people, in Botswana or anywhere in the world, something you can feel personally.
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Wonderful insight into a slower way of life & story of a woman whose moral compass never fails her!
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Very good book. An August 2005 re-release (Mass Market paperback). First in the series.
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I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
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Precious Ramotswe, an endearing, engaging heroine solves mysteries great and small for friends and strangers. A New York Times bestseller.
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Interesting book that leaves you with a better understanding of a different culture. The names are a little difficult to keep straight. I read the "Cupboard of Life" before I read this one, so I skimmed a lot as repeating.
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Mma (Precious) Ramotswe, owner of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Botswana, is in this series 1st book
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sweet stories but not my cup of tea
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Light-hearted but very thought-provoking.
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I enjoyed the book, but I find it different from the mysteries I am used to reading. This book consisted of several short detective stories within the one book. I usually read a mystery where the entire book involves solving it. However, I will give book two a try.
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This is the first book in this series.
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Very nice, very simple. A pleasant read
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1st in McCall Smith's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" books.
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a great read. transports you to africa
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A charming, light read about Precious Ramotswe, "Botswana's only--and finest--female private detective."
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Sorry. This series is ho-hum. While I appreciate it is more of a who-dun-it and not full of blood and gore like so many mystery writers these days, it just didn't hold my interest.
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Funny and fun, about a detective agency in Botswana with lots of local color.
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I had a fun time reading this book. I liked the descriptions of Precious' background and the lessons that she learned from her childhood. I liked how the different cases she worked on led up to the one conclusion. It was a fast easy read.
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Wonderful descriptions of Africa and its peoples, but the choppy story line does not appeal to me. I may read more of the series, but will borrow from the library rather than spend credits.
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I have been to Botswana, and feel that this book gives one a realistic picture of what life is like there for the African people, as well as being a very entertaining mystery story.
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first novel in series tells teh story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her professin to help peole with the problems in their lives.
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Great book with an interesting setting.
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Sweet story!
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A wonderful book. Not only is Mma Ramotswe an engaging chracter, the details of life in Botswana are lovingly highlighted.
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It is a thin book, but its gentle humor and humanity leaves you feeling good. You also get to know something about a nice little country not often in the news, but which appears to have a treasure in its people and customs.

Reading this one hooked me on McCall-Smith, and I have bought just about all his books. This one is the first of his Botswana series. For your delectation, there are also several in The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie) series and several again in the 44 Scotland Street series, which, by the way, has one of the funniest depictions of a mother determined to bring up her child strictly according to modern psychology and her own warped theories and the efforts of her poor frustrated little boy to lead a normal boy's life that I have ever read. I buy each new book in the series as it comes out, just to see whether he manages to do a few normal things and have fun.
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It took me awhile to get into this book. I stuck with it, though, and in the end I enjoyed it quite well. It's *not* an action-packed book if that's what you're looking for. But it does provide a new insights into Africa in a "cozy-mystery" style.
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Not what I was expecting, but a good, light read.
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"The 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 drrwan to her profession to "help people with the problems in their lives." Funny book that takes you straight to Africa and its wonderful people.
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I began to read this book and just couldn't get into it after I read about fifty pages. However, I have heard that the book is really good, so I would like to pass it along to someone who will enjoy it!
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this is a great book to start out the series, takes you to another land
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A truly delightful book and character. You will love to meet Mme Precious Ramotswe and hear her bits of daily wisdom as she experiences her ordinary yet extraordinary daily life. Do not come to this series expecting some great thiriller or mystery, they are more about the rich texture of lives of a different culture that you are thrilled by the pure simplicity and richness of it all. Think of eating a well made milk custard;..simple, yet rich.
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What a cute book. This was not at all what I expected.

It is the story of a clever Afican woman setting up shop as a private investigator. She has no formal training, and relies on a book and her own wisdom to solve her cases. Very enjoyable.
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Really good, quick read
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cute story - loved how author reveals pieces throughout the story.
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It's a little different, but some can get into it. It is best read aloud, with a cup of bush tea.
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the great detective is at again
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Great book. Precious (lead character) is a fun and interesting woman!

I will read more of this series!
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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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Loved this book and have read the whole series so far. Can't wait for him to write another.
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although this book is only fiction, it made for some very interesting stories. I loved it! and the author made it seem so real.
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I loved this book when I read it and went out and bought the rest of the series. As the books have been released I have gotten them, knowing I will read these as 'comfort' reads. They are easy stories to read and full of insight and humor.
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An easy, fun read. I will probably read more in the series.
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Book #1 of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series. The entire series is delightful!
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This was a good easy read. Enjoyable.
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Light mystery. I loved the stories.
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Too many bestsellers are not what I consider "smart fiction" and so I avoid them. I've never read a novel by Stephen King, and only one each by John Grisham and Danielle Steel. I also avoid books my mother recommends, unless they are books that appealed to me on their own. So I am thankful that I "had" to read this for a book discussion group, because now I am hooked on Precious Ramotswe and her romances and adventures. First in a series; sequels include Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls, The Kalahari Typing School for Men, The Full Cupboard of Life, and In the Company of Cheerful Ladies.
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This is a story of Precious Ramotswe and the beginnings of her detective agency in Botswana. It is a quick read. The images of life in Botswana, the culutural influence was very interesting to consider. There are one or two amusing antedotes as well. However I was disappointed in the book overall. I have heard great things about it from many people and have read the hype on book review sites. I did not think that this book was particularly deep or had any thought provoking qualities. I expected much more than I got out of it, although I would possibly recommend to anyone who would like to read a literary work portraying views of Botswana or for a light read.
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A nice, really fast read. I liked how each case was wrapped up in about a chapter or so. I look foward to reading more in this series
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I love it! A different kind of detective and setting. The author keeps the action moving without confusing the reader. Very interesting.
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A wonderful book, smart and funny, yet light. I only wish there were more.
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I loved this book! It provided a glimpse into the daily life of individuals in Botswana. Instead of viewing them as foreigners who were much different from me, I began to see them as real people with many similarities as well as differences.
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LOVED IT!!
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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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The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, first novel in the series, was a delight to read. You are definately caught up in the life of Precious Ramotswe, a woman detective in Africa, and can't wait to find out how she solves her next case. I'm looking forward to reading the next novel.
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I love this series. Normally I am not a fan of books written by men about women, but McCall Smith really does a great job. This is the first book in the series. The main character is Precious Ramotswe. It takes place in modern day Botswana in the capital city Gaborone. She sells the cattle she inherits from her father's death and decides to open a detective agency. She has no experience or training in this work but goes ahead with the help of a book she picked up. The characters are so real that I feel like if I flew to Botsawna that I would find the in the office drinking bush tea! The books always have some mystery generated by a case. She solves it through common sense and being observant. Once you read one you'll want to read the others.
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An Incredible book - I love these books!
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A wise, cool woman runs this detective agency. She's the kind of woman I'd like to sit down with and have a cup of tea, and her common sense solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems make this book (and series) worth reading.
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This book has so much charm. I couldn't put it down. The protagonist, Mma Ramotswe, uses common sense and her intuitive ability to read people to solve cases no one else wants to accept. Humor, charisma, and light-hearted suspense make this a must read book.
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A very fast read. Flows nicely.
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Loved it. Quick read fell in love with the characters and read all in the series.
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Have you ever wanted to do something'a career move, a hobby,a change in your life'and no one thought you could do it? You knew you could. You wanted it badly, but every one around you gave you no support, not your friends nor your family. That would be what Precious Ramotswe encountered in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Highly intelligent and pleasantly plump, Precious lived in Gaborone, the capital city of the African nation of Botswana. Her father had left her a nice inheritance. But what would she do with it? Open a detective agency of course. She has no experience or potential clients, but she has "a tiny white van, two desks, two chairs, a telephone, and an old typewriter." And don't forget the secretary.

Precious, or Mma Ramotswe as she is referred to, uses her hunches and ends up helping people, sometimes with hilarious results. She does, however, also face dangerous situations with boldness.

Life handed Precious Ramotswe a few curve balls. She refuses to feel sorry for herself and does what she wants to do with her life, no matter what her culture dictates. The reader will cheer Precious on and find inspiration from this character's no-nonsense methods.
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I kept falling asleep
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An African woman, Mma Ramotswe, uses her inheritance to set up an agency and become the first woman private detective in Botswana. Her common-sense approach to solving the minor (and not-so-minor) problems and mysteries that affect her rural community is both charming and witty.
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Have gotten hooked on the series.
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I liked the simple yet evocative storytelling.
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It is a very fun book to read. Different and cultural.
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Delightful and charming story, and written in a very gripping unique style. I read this in one sitting, couldn't put it down! A beautiful summer read, and light enough to take to the beach!
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eh, it was okay. didn't really like it
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"One of the best, most charming, honest, hilarious and life-affirming books to appear in years."
-The Plain Dealer
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This is the 1st novel in the no. 1 ladies detective series and tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging precious Ramotswe whoe is drawn to her profession to "help people with the problems in their lives". The first day she gets three big cases but the one that tugs at her heart and lands her in danger is that of a missing 11 yr. old boy, who may have been snatched by witch doctors. 2 Booker Judges special recommendations and 1 of the International Books of the Year by the Times Literary Suppplement.
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"One of the most entrancing Literary treats of many a year... A tapestry of extraordinary nuance and richness." -- The Wall Street Journal
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The first of a great new series. Mma Romatswe is a superb character. Lovable, humourous and an intelligent detective.
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A delightful little story!
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Intesting book. Quite different from my usual genre. I enjoyed it a lot.
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A treat. If you haven't read Smith's stories about the only lady detective in Botswana, this is a good one with which to start. Not only is Smith a good writer, he knows his people. In this one Mma. Precious Ramotswe tracks down a not so missing husband, uncovers a con man, follows a wayward daughter, and gives her whole heart to finding an 11 year old boy snatched by witch doctors.
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Wonderful details within a great story.
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Great commentary on life and on people. Fun story.
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really get the feel of African people
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This is just a delightful book about an unconventional female detective in Botswana.
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The #1 Ladies Detective Agency is set in Botswana, where Mma Ramotswe has opened the first woman owned detective agency. It is knowing human nature that allows Mma Ramotswe to solve her cases. This is a down to earth book, that allows you to think you could actually do the same thing she is doing. Very believable characters. I have enjoyed each of the books in the seies so far.
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It's the detective as folk hero, solving crimes through an innate, self-possessed wisdom that, combined with an understanding of human nature, invariably penetrates into the heart of a puzzle. If Miss Marple were fat and jolly and lived in Botswana--and decided to go against any conventional notion of what an unmarried woman should do, spending the money she got from selling her late father's cattle to set up a Ladies' Detective Agency--then you have an idea of how Precious sets herself up as her country's first female detective. Once the clients start showing up on her doorstep, Precious enjoys a pleasingly successful series of cases.

But the edge of the Kalahari is not St. Mary Mead, and the sign Precious orders, painted in brilliant colors, is anything but discreet. Pointing in the direction of the small building she had purchased to house her new business, it reads "THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY. FOR ALL CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS AND ENQUIRIES. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED FOR ALL PARTIES. UNDER PERSONAL MANAGEMENT."

The solutions she comes up with, whether in the case of the clinic doctor with two quite different personalities (depending on the day of the week), or the man who had joined a Christian sect and seemingly vanished, or the kidnapped boy whose bones may or may not be those in a witch doctor's magic kit, are all sensible, logical, and satisfying. Smith's gently ironic tone is full of good humor towards his lively, intelligent heroine and towards her fellow Africans, who live their lives with dignity and with cautious acceptance of the confusions to which the world submits them.
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I read this book recently and loved it so much I joined Smith's fan club. He has several series and I'm looking forward to reading them all!
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Different from what I expected but still an interesting read.
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Very charming.
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Easy read. Good for "bus time", to and from work.
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light-hearted reading of a courageous woman.
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This is a story about a woman who opens Botswana's first private detective agency.

This was a fun, fast read. The sentences had a very basic structure, which made the book easy to read, but also made me feel like the book was written for teenagers rather than adults. This might have been because the author was writing in a language that was not his first language, or it may have been intentional, to portray the basic life of people in Botswana as compared to our more complex lives.
Regardless, the book was enjoyable, and I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
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This is a most charming and unusual book. The kind that truly takes you out of the present and into a very interesting world. I throroughly enjoyed it!
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The first of many....
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Very good. I held off reading this, not expecting to like it and I loved it from the first page. Very, very good and full of good information about African life and how they approach life and the way they live. Good stuff!!!!!
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I didn't think that this book lived up to the hype. But it was a quick read that was sometimes interesting.
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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency for all confidential matters and inquiries. Satisfaction guaranteed for all parties. Unser personal management.
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I read this book with my local book discussion group and I enjoyed it very much. Very rich characters! I look forward to reading others in the series.
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Wonderful book - funny and completely enjoyable!
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Very good book.
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This is a great introduction to a new mystery series. Set in Africa, it's not like the usual whodunit but instead has a series of "stories" or cases from the #1 Ladies Detective Agency. Very enjoyable!
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a great book giving various views of the story
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Great book, funny at times and moving at others. Every woman should read this!
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I couldn't get into it but it got 4.5 stars on Amazon.
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A great book, and part of a great series about Precious Ramotswe- a quick read.
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GREAT - this is the first book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Precious Ramotswe has heart and spunk, and an interest in solving mysteries
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interesting read
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The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a heartwarming novel to be enjoyed. It is rich is Botswanan culture. The story itself is lighthearted and the main character will make you laugh and wonder.
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Smart and sassy...Precious' progress is charted in passages that have the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once - Los Angeles Times
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This is the first novel in the series of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. You will be introduced to Precious Ramotswe who lives in Botswana and earns her living solving disputes, small mysteries and miscommunications around her village.
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detective novel
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Wonderful book
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The first book in a very good series.
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Wonderful series. I loved it.

I hope he continues to write more.
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Set in Botswana, Africa, the heroine solves mysteries for her friends and strangers in the small town. Interesting and entertaining.
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loved it. Plan to read his entire series.
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A fun read!
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I had trouble getting into this book...very slow and boring to me.
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One of the reasons I picked this book up was that the cover had a quote from The Plain Dealer that stated: "One of the best, most charming, honest, hilarious and life-affirming books to appear in years." I don't know if they were talking about a different book or what. There was nothing hilarious in it. The story-line was good for what it was (various cases and background information of the main character), but I would not even come close to calling this book funny. If you're looking for humor, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a glimpse at African life and a woman who can solve mysteries, then this is your book.
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I LOVE cozy mysteries of all types. But I found this one BORING! I read the second one to give it another chance and it too was dull and uninteresting with flat, unengaging characters. The local color is kinda fun, but I would not recommend this series at all.
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This audiobook was my first experience with this series and with this author. I was very impressed with both. The story is very engaging. You get to hear about many small cases that Precious works on, but they are tied together so that the reader ends satisified with the complete story.

Well--almost. The end has a big cliff hanger that makes you want to have the next book immediately available. I can't wait to find the next one and listen to it.

The narrator is wonderful. There are a lot of words in this book that I would personally find hard to pronounce, but this narrator does it flawlessly. And her voice is soothing and easy to listen to.
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loved this book.learned a lot .very quick read. you will feel like mma ramotswe is a new friend that you love to talk to
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You have to start reading these easy to read, interesting mysteries. You won't be sorry. The newest book is on the NYtimes bestseller list.
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Not as funny as I expected, but an enjoyable read.
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While I can't help worrying there might be something a little condescending about the approach, the series is so sweet and teh books are a pleasure to read.
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Thoroughly enjoyed
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I read them all!
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This was a light read but was very enjoyable. Wonderful characters and an intriguing plot makes for a good story. The book had a great message and a good ending.I look forward to reading more of Alexander McCall Smith books.
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My teenage daughter read this book and she learned a lot about the African culture in a very positive light without any polluting sex scenes or violence
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What a wonderful book. Great series.
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Awesome book, great picture of African life. If you like the book you will love the movie which was an HBO series a few years ago. Oh and by the way try some bush tea (robioos tea)
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A delightful book!
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Read this before and enjoyed it. I bought this for a Christmas present.
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Fun, easy read. Bought the next one in the series so I must have liked it!
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i heart the no one ladies! so fun to read.
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Great read, I enjoyed this after seeing the tv series. I wish they would make more episodes of that.
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Botswana mystery and life passages
excellent
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Wonderful book! I want to read them all now.
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This book is a total charmer.
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This book is in perfect condition.
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Really enjoyable first novel in the No. Ladies' Detective Agency series. Smith really paints a vivid picture of the tranquil buts sometimes problematic conditions in Botswana. We are introduced to Precious Ramotswe, who sets up a detective agency with the money she receives from the sale of her father's cattle upon his death. She always had a knack for solving problems in school and makes good use of her skills as a detective. The novel is actually a series of vignettes which showcase her intuitive skills. She is able to solve cases involving a missing husband, a wayward daughter, and a missing 11-year old boy who is thought dead. I have had this book for several years and finally got around to reading it. I also have several others in the series and am looking forward to reading them!

I also watched the HBO miniseries based on this novel and really enjoyed it. I would recommend both the book and the TV show.
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The first book in the widely acclaimed series.
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Different but fun
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very good book
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This was a great story!
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Sorry, but I couldn't get far into this one. Yes, I read all the reviews, but this book was just too precious for me. Pun intended.
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This book should be listed as young adult. The writing is very simplistic. It is written as if the speaker is speaking English as a second language and is not used to it. It makes the characters seem simple minded.
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My copy is from an non smoking home.
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Part of series!
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Wonderful!
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The first novel in the No. 1 Agency detective agency series!
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Bought at Goodwill. An ok book, just not one of my regular reads.
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Small bend on front cover - no markings
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GReat book
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