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									Alexander McCall SmithAlexander McCall Smith
Law professor Alexander McCall Smith had already written more than 50 books before inventing the heroine for his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series: Precious Ramotswe, the only female P.I. in Botswana. The books are as unconventional as their good-humored heroine, who relies on common sense -- and a few tidbits gleaned from Agatha Christie -- to solve her cases.

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Alexander McCall Smith
Also Known As:
R. A. McCall Smith
Current Home:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Birth:
Two Booker Judges' Special Recommendations, 1999; International Books of the Year and the Millennium, Times Literary Supplement, 1999 for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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								The Careful Use of Compliments: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Author: 
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The Careful Use of Compliments: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
by Alexander McCall Smith
In addition to being the nosiest and most sypathetic philosopher you are likely to meet, Isabel is now a mother. Her newborn son presents her with a myriad wonders of a new life, and doting father Jamie presents her with an intriguing proposal: marriage. In the midst of all this, she receives a disturbing letter announcing that she has been ousted as editor of the Review of Applied Ethics by the ambitious Professor Dove. None of these things, however, in any way diminshes Isabel's curiosity. And when she attends an art auction, she finds an irresistable puzzle: two paintings attributed to a now-deceased artist appear on the market at the same time, and both of them exhibit some unusual characteristics. Are these paintings forgeries?
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								Tears of the Giraffe, Author: 
								Alexander McCall Smith.
*  The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (1999)
*  The Sunday Philosophy Club (2004)
*  In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (2005)
*  44 Scotland Street (2005)
*  Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (2005)
*  Blue Shoes and Happiness (2006)
*  The Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (2006)
*  Espresso Tales (2006)
*  The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (2007)
*  The Careful Use of Compliments: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (2007)

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The Latest From Smith's New Address

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								Espresso Tales, Author: 
								Alexander McCall Smith, Alexander McCall-Smith.

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Espresso Tales
by Alexander McCall Smith, Alexander McCall-Smith
In his latest offering, Smith brings all the warmth of his extraordinary No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books and the Sunday Philosophy Club series to this second witty novel in the series chronicling the lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Originally serialized in The Scotsman, 44 Scotland Street is already an international phenomenon.

*  44 Scotland Street   by Alexander McCall Smith

Hollywood Calling

Anthony Minghella, director of The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley, bought the film rights to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in order to make a television series about the heroine.

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								Alexander McCall Smith, R. A. McCall Smith, Alexander McCall  Smith.

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith, R. A. McCall Smith, Alexander McCall Smith
Smith's first novel introduces Botswanan detective Precious Ramotswe -- whose agency's assets are two desks, two chairs, a white van, a typewriter, a teapot, and the detective's own curiosity and good sense.

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								The Ramayana, Author: 
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The Ramayana
by R. K. Narayan
When asked in a Q&A with his publisher what comparisons his Precious Ramotswe books tend to draw, Smith admitted, "Some people say that they remind them of the novels of that great Indian writer R.K. Narayan, which is very flattering, but I suppose I can see the similarities in the world which his and my books portray."

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