The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Paperback

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Paperback

Part of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series

3.5 out of 5 (26 ratings)


Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J.

L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger ...Delightfully different, THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY offers a captivating glimpse of an unusual world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780349116754



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Light detective stories that are different and interesting.Not quite to my taste but not bad either a very quick read.

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I liked this one a whole lot - it's about the woman who runs said detective agency, but it's not really a detective story at all. It's the story of a woman's life and... well, about the people she meets, I suppose, and she just happens to be a detective. For some reason it reminded me of primary school, although I haven't quite figured out why... perhaps something to do with the simplicity of the language? I'm not sure. My only complaint is that it was so short, although there are about three sequels already, I think, so never mind :)

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Outstanding book. Getting sick of london at rush hour, it transports me home back to southern africa and I always put it down with a smile on my face and no memory of how it got there :)

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Cheerful and charming, slightly disjointed but with a wonderful spirit that you really hope does reflect the true feeling of Africa. A series of short chapters detail incidents in the life and history of Precious Ramotswe as she sets up the only - and finest - No. 1 Ladies detective Agency in Botswana. The stories often feature simply described men, looking for an easy life, and readily outwitted by precious. These however manage to capture a generous and free way of traditional life, so different from the author's Scottish and most reader's western way of living.

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Books in this series are frequently miscategorized as mysteries; they are really just gentle character studies set in Botswana. That the protagonist bills herself as Botswana's Number 1 Lady Detective is just a device to allow her to observe other characters at closer quarters. These are leisurely books, thin on plot, but good natured.

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