The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Title: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Writers : Alexander McCall Smith
Published: 1998
Genre: Fiction
My Rating: 3 on 5

I had heard many good things about this series and had to pick up this book to see what the hype is all about. This book is about Mma Precious Ramotswe who is the first and only lady private detective in Gaborone, Botswana in Africa. When her father dies leaving her with a small fortune, she decides to start her own detective agency and names is ‘The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’.

The book is not a typical mystery novel in which there is some action on every page. This is not a page-turner. This book is not only about the mysteries that Mma Ramotswe solves but also about the interesting characters and life in Africa. We see Mma Ramotswe solving cases missing husband, stolen car and abducted kid and we go on a delightful journey with her. We also get to see a glimpse into Mma’s past and find her to be a strong willed and intelligent even as a little girl. We see the cultures and traditions of Africa and also the dangerous wildlife.

Mma Ramotswe is unlike your stereotypical tall, slim, attractive, agile, leather jacket clad detective woman. This detective is heavy bosomed, round figured, black woman who makes up for the lack of agility with a sharp brain. She has a high respect for the locals and women in particular and a deep loathing for the men who harass women.

If I have to describe this book in one word, it would be ‘delightful’. This book is a short and sweet read and you develop a kind of sisterhood with Ramotswe. Needless to say, I will be reading all the books in this series.

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One Response to “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”

  1. Libby Says:

    I am reading these too! I think your review describes them perfectly. I am also reading Les Mis and when it gets too heavy I put it down for a day or two and knock out one of these as a light read before plunging back into Les Mis!


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