Alexander McCall Smith
- Title: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
- Author: Alexander McCall Smith
- ISBN: null
- Page: 291
- Format: Kindle Edition
THE NO 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY Book 1Fans around the world adore the bestselling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana s premier lady detective In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor not to mention help from her loyal aTHE NO 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY Book 1Fans around the world adore the bestselling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana s premier lady detective In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea 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 hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven year old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency received two Booker Judges Special Recommendations and was voted one of the International Books of the Year and the Millennium by the Times Literary Supplement.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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 also a misconception. Mysteries are a very small part of these stories. These books are about humanity and the small things that make it so good to be both human and alive. I dare anyone who is not happy to [...]
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 mysteries she unravels as the sole detective of the title agency. Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe and Anika Noni Rose as Grace Makutsi - from the HBO production It is rich with payload on local (Botswana) [...]
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.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a real gem, however. I absolutely loved it. Wise, funny, intelligent, insightful and blushing with vigour and a heartfelt love of Africa, I'm not in the least surprised this [...]
Onvan : The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #1) - Nevisande : Alexander McCall Smith - ISBN : 1400034779 - ISBN13 : 9781400034772 - Dar 235 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998
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 very good, positive and enlightening way, as much as it is anticolonialist. But to counter this notion there is a heartwarming case that Mma Ramotswe, the number one (and sole) female detective in Botswana, [...]
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 wasn't complicated and a lot of the story in the beginning was backstory on Mma Ramotswe, the main character. I liked her. She is an unconventional leading lady - fat (we hear her described as such multi [...]
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 simply like this, oh look this woman is setting up a detective agency, can you imagine that, a woman? A black woman? How quaint and adorable, etc. etc. It was a cute story, but that was the problem, it was a [...]
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 novelse characters are much more developed and the "mysteries" aren't the usual murders, whether cosy or hard-boiled. If you'd like a sweet trip to another culture, calmer and gnetler than ours, this is a book for you.
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, working in the diamond mines of South Africa, and human nature. Through the first-person account of Precious Ramotswe we are treated to an assortment of quirky detective stories that are intertwined wi [...]
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 always thought I might try another and find it more interesting but then I thought there are enormous caverns of books as yet undiscovered. Why force myself to read another book of this just because I feel I [...]
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 Botswana (or vice versa) is beyond me, but thank goodness for us readers that he did. She is absolutely delightful. “Mma Ramotswe was not tall—being blessed with generous girth, rather than heigh [...]
This book was built on slow paced descriptions of African - Botswanian, to be precise - life and on the charismatic character of Mma Ramotswe, the first lady detective in Botswana. I didn't mind the slow pace, and I loved Precious Ramotswe. Also, I didn't mind that some mysteries were rather predictable and there wasn't any crazy action with shooting and whatnot. I enjoyed the "slice of life" pictures of Africa a lot. The warm relationship between Precious and her father was truly touching. This [...]
I listened to this book on CD! The woman reading it is awesome! And the African Music in the background sets the scene perfectly! This is the perfect, lighthearted book to listen to in the car. I drove around daydreaming that I was driving through the Kalihari! Loved it!
"Women are the ones who knows what's going on," she said quietly . "They are the ones with eyes. Have you not heard of Agatha Christie?" I love Mma Ramotswe. She is funny, wonderful, brave, and unapologetically a feminist. Sure, she's made mistakes. Sure, she's done stupid things, but then again, that just gives her more character. Detective agencies rely on human intuition and intelligence, both of which Mma Ramotswe had in abundance. No inventory would ever include those, of course.I was born [...]
If you have had a rough week, if your day has been hectic and you feel frazzled, I recommend sitting down with The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency for a while. I would describe the feeling of reading it to be “calming.” It is very unlike the North American or Scandinavian crime fiction genre.I’ve never been to Botswana, but I felt like I had taken a mini-holiday there by the end of the book. And you get an insight into the people and their culture than you would never get as a tourist—a [...]
Pleasant and somewhat interesting, but not compelling.It's my impression that mystery novels are part puzzle and part vehicle for depicting a cross-section of life in some locale. The puzzle part in No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency was never very elaborate. Most mysteries arose and resolved in the span of one chapter. In fact it seemed like the point was to showcase Precious' subtle knack for zeroing in and keeping things from being more complex than they need to be. Precious and her approach to s [...]
The only thing I didn't like was that it had to end.I learned that you don't have to write elloquently to write a book. Marcos keeps telling me I should write children's books. This book was so simple and yet so enjoyable that it makes me wonder if I really could write a book too.Because each mystery/case is so short and precise, it doesn't need all the suspense other books use. I think the suspense in this book is about finding out what the next problem wil be and how clever she is to solve it. [...]
What a refreshing change to read the great little Botswanian mysteries that unfold, as the wonderfully strong and fiercely independent Precious Ramotswe sets up her agency. I will be reading the rest of this series for sure and I must learn how to cook chicken with pumpkin!"She stopped. It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. [...]
I'm so glad I gave this series another try. Parts of this book were 5 stars for me, I really enjoyed parts that focused on the characters and their life experiences. Mma Ramotswe is a wonderful strong character and I'm looking forward to getting to know her more through the series. I really enjoyed the gentle escapism this book provides by taking you Botswana and I love the cultural details such as (view spoiler)[ Mma Ramotswe says she greeted her daddy in the traditional Botswanan way which was [...]
I love all the books in this series. They are funny and insightful and full of wisdom. I can hardly wait for the next one to come out. These are books I love to read and don't hesitate to recommend to anyone. One friend I recommended them to didn't like them. She said it was like reading a book written for twelve-year-olds (Mr. McCall Smith has written several books for children). Well, maybe that's why I like them; I love to read childrens/young adult fiction!. I wouldn't hesitate to have a twe [...]
I have not read very many books set in Africa or featuring African culture. In fact, I can only think of one other one off the top of my head, and I didn't care for it much. But both of them were similar in that they both told their story by way of mini-stories, and each one of those has something of a moral or message. I've read so little in this niche that I don't know if that's something that is common in Africa-based storytelling, or if it just happens to be coincidental, but I can say for c [...]
I should have paid more attention to the reviewer who said that this is not a mystery. It's not. And that's what I was after. This is a collection of tales about people and their problems. The main character solves their problems in unconventional ways, and so maintains a private detective agency. It is told in simplistic language, distancing me from the stories, which are rambling and random. There is little cohesion to the plot. It's a more realistic ebb and flow of lives that cross each other [...]
Από το 2013 το είχα πάρει αυτό το βιβλίο και δεν το ξεκίναγα, δεν ξέρω γιατί, αλλά έπρεπε!Απολαυστικό, ενδιαφέρον, μια ηρωίδα ευφυής , λογική, με τρόπο σκέψης που μου ταίριαζε και χάρηκα να βλέπω την Αφρική και τους ανθρώπους της μέσα από τα μάτια της. Η πρωταγωνίστρια Precious, και ν [...]
The debut novel in this series is the weakest one, but still good. Still, don't skip The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, as each novel builds on the one that came before.The novel appears to be a collection of short stories about the cases of Mma Precious Ramotswe, a clever and gentle Botswanan woman who goes into the detective business armed only with a how-to book, an incomparable secretary and her own good sense. In the end, it turns out to be enough, and all the stories tie in together by th [...]
Wow, so this series definitely holds up to a reread. Now that I've read to the end in terms of books published to date (more to come 11/17!), I decided to reread it. Why? Because nothing comes close, for me, in terms of a comfort read with soul, wisdom, great characters I've come to love and appreciate, and a beautifully alive setting in Botswana. I wish I could convince everyone to try this series out. ***For readers who have tried the first and didn't move on, please try the second, Tears of t [...]
This book was a good read. Not my usual books but i did enjoy it.It had something for everyone, mystery and a little intrigue, culture and strength.The No1 Ladies Detective agency is based in Boswana.Mma Ramotswe is the only female detective and it's her job to help solve mysteries.The cases are different but centered around missing people and cheating husband's.It's not your normal detective book where there are murders to be solved etcIt's more about helping people, especially women uncover tr [...]
I had heard of this series, and in the mood for a light mystery and fond of those that use settings that most American readers aren't familiar with, I gave the first book a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the combination of warmth and seriousness that Alexandra McCall Smith brought to his stories about Mma "Precious" Ramotswe.Precious decides to go into business as a private detective after her no-good abusive husband leaves her. Mens' violence against women and the extreme sexism of African [...]
This was a quick read that I believe definitely falls into the cozy mystery subgenre. Since the book summary available through provides an adequate description of the story, I am going to skip that aspect within my review.The most difficult part of writing this is to provide a rating that accurately represents my feelings about the book. For full disclosure, I attempted to read this book in 2011 and about a third of the way through the book, decided to set it aside. In retrospect, it really was [...]
I love this series. More about relationships and life than mysteries.The characters are just so real, people I actually wish I knew. It's full of warm friendly humor. She solves her cases with common sense and woman's intuition. I remember one favorite scene. Mma Ramotswe is interviewing a client. She is a woman of "traditional build". She thinks to herself that the woman she is speaking to needs to admit her girth and buy a larger size dress. McCall Smith then moves to the point of view of the [...]
The start of this book was a little rocky for me. It starts with a mystery, then we're thrown back into Precious Ramotswe's backstory all the way back to childhood. And we have several chapters of that before we actually get back into the story. That said, I ended up really enjoying this. Yes, each of the chapters seems more or less like a standalone case, but the way everything was woven together in the end was delightful. Definitely looking forward to seeing how this series progresses!
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