No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (McCall Smith)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith, 1998
Knopf Doubleday
240 pp.
ISBN-13: 9780307456632

The No.1 Ladies´ Detective Agency, located in Gaborone, Botswana, consists of one woman, the engaging Precious Ramotswe. A cross between Kinsey Millhone and Miss Marple, this unlikely heroine specializes in missing husbands, wayward daughters, con men and imposters.

When Precious Ramotswe sets out on the trail of a missing child she is tumbled headlong into some strange situations and not a little danger. Deftly interweaving tragedy and humor to create a memorable tale of human desires and foibles, the book is also an evocative portrait of a distant world. (From the publisher.)

In 2008 the series was adapted as an HBO film series, starring Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe.

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