The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #1) by Alexander McCall Smith

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #1) Read Online Free - The No.1 ladies' detective agency consists of one woman, the engaging and sassy Precious Ramotswe, who sets up shop in Gabarone, Botswana. This unlikely herione specialises in missing husbands, wayward daughters, con men and impostors.

Title : The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #1)
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ISBN : 1400034779
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 235 pages


ebnewberry rated it ★★★★★

July 07, 2011

A lot of people are under the impression that Alexander Mccall Smith books are strictly for middle aged women. This is NOT the case at all. These books are for everyone. They are not even just for women. A lot of people are also under the impression that these books are mystery books. This is als...

Will rated it ★★★★☆

August 19, 2015

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is a delightful work and a quick read to boot. Smith alternates between small bits of back-story for the central character, Precious Ramotswe, a woman of traditional build, young-middle-aged (30s?) divorcee, heavy with intelligence, gumption and cunning, and the m...

Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it ★★★★★

December 29, 2008

I'm no fan of mystery, crime or detective books - the bore me, generally, though I loved Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books in high school and Agatha Christie's Ten Little Niggers gave me chills (since renamed And Then There Were None, for obvious reasons - but I've got an old edition). The No....

Fabian rated it ★★★★☆

June 28, 2017

I read about Africa & quickly want to be transported there. For a simpler life...? The heart of this novel is its feminist protagonist, Mma Ramotswe who lives in a precious town in Gaborone, still untouched by technology or South African cosmopolitanism. This book is extremely feminist, in a v...

Sh3lly ☽ escaping in books is my reality ☽ rated it ★★★☆☆

February 08, 2017

I feel like I should post a bit of a disclaimer first: This is not a book I would have chosen for myself. I picked it as my last challenge ("read a book set in Africa") for the Saucy Wenches 2016 Reading Challenge. That being said, this was a decent little story. It had a "cozy mystery" vibe. It...

Kira rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 01, 2007

Just could not get past the very obvious fact that this book is written by a white guy, trying to tell a story through the eyes of a Botswana(ese?) woman. It felt a bit patronising, as in, look how simply these people live, just hanging out in the hot sun watching their cattle, oh to live so simp...

Eric rated it ★★★☆☆

June 23, 2008

I put off reading this series for a long time until I found out that it wasn't a book for "ladies," but one to be enjoyed by readers of both sexes--and enjoy it I did. In its simple and conversational manner, this book taught me a little bit about many things: Botswana, African culture in general...

Gail rated it ★★★★☆

October 30, 2009

This collection of vignettes disguised as a novel was a great read. The main character is a gentle African woman who decides to be a detective to help other people. She is a delightful character, with light humor and a big heart. Agency isn't like any other detective novels...the characters are m...

PattyMacDotComma rated it ★★★★★

February 10, 2016

5★ A new favourite! I know, I know. I’m late to Precious Ramotswe and her wonderful business, and I shouldn’t have waited so long to enjoy these books. I loved this first book in the series. Funny, good-natured, good-hearted and poignant. How a white Scotsman got into the head of a black lady in Bo...

Mark rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 07, 2011

i am probably the only person in the whole world who thinks this but these books are singularly underwhelming. Nothing ever happens. The characters are annoying. To be honest I did only read this first one but couldn't face another. Have refrained from putting this on my list till now cos I alway...

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