by Alexander McCall Smith

Reviewer Rating:


The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the first book in a series (that currently has 14 books in it). These books are gentle mystery reads that are engrossing, touching, and funny.

Precious Ramotswe is a native Batswana who opens a detective agency with money left to her from her father. She has never been a detective, but she has a knack for human observation and a copy of Clovis Anderson’s The Principles of Private Detection. She hires a secretary, the often-irritating-yet-endearing Grace Makutsi. Through the women’s adventures, we discover the culture and people of modern Botswana.

A couple of the books in the series are a little weak in storyline, but, overall, I highly recommend these books.

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