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Publisher's Summary

Wayward daughters. Missing husbands. Philandering partners. Curious con men. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Mma Ramotswe, Botswana's only female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple's, but she's got warmth, wit, and canny intuition on her side - not to mention Mr J.L.B. Maketoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.
©1998 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"A rare pleasure." (Daily Telegraph)
"One of the most entrancing literary treats of many a year." (Wall Street Journal)
"A strong, independent, and endearing model for contemporary women anywhere...A crowded fictional genre will have to make room for Precious Ramotswe. In the best sense possible, she's a heavyweight." (Boston Globe)

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Good story, but...

Okay, so I love Precious and her little detective agency. I never thought I would. THe reason why I've given this such a low score is because it is abrigded. By doing this, they totally wreck the book. The good thing about the story is all of Mma Ramotswe's own thoughts and the way she herself tells the story. By just summing it up for the reader, well, let's put it this way: I will never buy an abrigded version again. I don't even know why they would do that to good books....

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  • Wendy
  • COFFS HARBOURAustralia
  • 12-21-08

wendygai

this was a good book, but I struggled to get to the end

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  • Claudia
  • 04-07-13

Feelgood story

This is the first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's series about Precious Ramotswe, the "traditionally built" owner of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency". The series is set in Botswana and the author, having been born in Africa and visited this part of the world many times, is perfectly capturing it's people and culture. You are introduced not only to Mma Ramotswe who is kindhearted, witty and just plain lovable; but also to her family and quirky friends whose paths and relationships with each other will develop in the course of the series.



What sets this series apart from other mysteries is the different way and pace of life in Botswana as well as the main character's way of solving her cases. If you are looking for a fast-paced, edge-of-your seat thriller, this book is not for you but if you enjoy an array of lovable characters, exotic settings and a feel-good story then give this series a try and I can almost guarantee, you will not be disappointed.



Adjoa Andoh brings the characters to life perfectly. People and places are coming alive in your imagination and you wish you could be part of Mma Ramotswe's world.



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  • JM Manington
  • 04-13-13

One word - Uplifting

This is the most innocent, beautifully written book ever. If only the whole world acted and thought like Mme Ramotswe, we would all have wonderfully fulfilled lives. It is an excellent read from beginning to end, including tragedy, happiness and real laugh out loud humour. Have now read the whole series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-18

Such gentle stories

Encapsulates the dignity of Africa perfectly.... The descriptions of the people, the places, and the traditions are absolutely spot on...

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  • Trevor Davis
  • 07-22-17

My second Mma Ramotswe book

Adjoa Andoh is the perfect advocate for the world of Mma Ramotswe. I find myself caring about a whole gallery of characters. The stories seem to me charming without being over sentimental, not being afraid of some
serious issues, from sex to witch doctors. Very well produced with appropriate music.

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  • Fern
  • 08-25-17

the no. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

loved it. couldn't stop listening. beautifully read and performed. one of my all time favourite authors.

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  • Alex
  • 01-18-18

Classic storytelling

Beautiful production, narrator music & as a new reader to the No 1 ‘s listened all the way home from Sydney to Far South Coast, can’t wait to listen to another.