The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith is the first book is my all-time favorite series. Readers are transported to another country which is usually presented in the media as a third world country on the brink of despair but on these pages, people enjoy a cup of bush tea with friends. There are always interesting mysteries to solve but they are not solved in the traditional American fashion, with forensic labs and armed forces but rather with common sense, compassion and strong community ties.
Ultimately it’s the characters that will keep readers coming back to this series. Everyone wants to have people like Precious Ramotswe, Grace Makutsi, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni in their lives. We root for them to find happiness and every book will bring readers a smile. This is the book where it all started, where catch phrases like 92% and traditionally built women will become part of your vernacular. You will not regret starting this amazing series.
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.