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 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.
Chosen as a Top Ten Mystery by the Organization of Independent Booksellers, U.S.A., The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is that rare novel that imparts a sage wisdom while inspiring hearty laughter and lasting smiles.
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"One of the most entrancing literary treats of many a year...A tapestry of extraordinary nuance and richness." (Wall Street Journal)
"An artful, pleasing novel...General audiences will welcome this little gem of a book just as much if not more than mystery readers." (Publishers Weekly)
"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)
Mma Rawsotwe is a clever, independent woman, who loves her native Botswana. This story has interesting characters, a colorful setting, and a delightful narrator. It is such a pleasure to hear the story spoken with a native accent. One of my top three favorite audible books - ever!
Great story - the reader Lisette Lucat brings the richness of the story alive with her voice. A full 5 star rating - have already ordered ALL of the other books by Alexander McCall Smith based soley on his skills in telling the story of Mma Ramotwse
I've heard this one and Tears of the Giraffe -- first of all, the narrator is perfect. I'm so glad I got these from Audible, because the accents and pronounciations add so much to the story. They are about Botswana as much as anything, so the voices are very important. Other than that -- great stories.
Delightful book. It was very unusual and refreshing. I'm amazed that this wasn't written by a women. Great read!
A gentle story about a gentle woman. A woman who does not make personal judgments but understands human faults and sometimes overlooks but most often forgives. This is not a narration but a painting. The descriptions of the characters and Botswana are so vivid you swear you met these people and been to these places. Very nice read. Sweet ending.
I normally read non-fiction; but I really enjoyed this. I highly recommend it. I'll probably listen to others in this series (after I tackle some more history!)
This is the story of a woman who takes up her own life and decides to do what she always liked to do: find out about people and help them learn the truth about themselves. The author clearly loves Africa and the book was like a window on a different world. The social commentary especially was very well done, I thought. It's a piece of "light" literature that is not only very pleasant to listen to, but nicely sectioned into a few inside stories. It was an easy book to put aside and return to, if you can choose the breaks. (I couln't always in the subway and it took a little while to get back into the current story, however.) It didn't leave a lasting impression like other books, which is also nice in a way, not to be haunted. And yet, it was very pleasant to read and I'll read another book by Alexander McCall Smith as soon as I have another credit free.
This is one of the best novels I have listened to in the 2 years of my membership. I would most definitely recommend this for all the armchair travellers that will never see the country, land and people in this book.
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