No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series ? Volume 1: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls
No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series Volume 1 The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Tears of the Giraffe Morality for Beautiful Girls Author:Alexander McCall Smith The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: — Mma ?Precious? Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly... more » schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.Tears of the Giraffe:
The clever proprietor of the only detective agency in all of Botswana, Mma Ramotswe is now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the kind owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. This new development provokes a hostile reaction from Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni?s unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the engagement. Despite all this, duty calls, and Mma Ramotswe is asked to help find an American woman?s son, who has been missing in Africa for ten years.Morality for Beautiful Girls:
Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious? hands are full. She personally investigates the claim of an important government worker, who suspects his brother is being poisoned. Meanwhile, assistant detective Mma Makutsi explores the moral fiber of four beauty pageant contestants. On top of all this, Precious? reliable fiancÚ finally shows a crack in his armor. Life is more difficult than ever at The No. 1 Ladies? Detective Agency, but it?s nothing a little clear thinking and a few mugs of bush tea can?t handle.« less
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.
Cheryl H. reviewed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series ? Volume 1: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls on + 44 more book reviews
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.
MARY LU C. reviewed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series ? Volume 1: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls on + 20 more book reviews
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.
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.