The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #1)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #1)

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 953 reviews.
Jay-Fer More than 1 year ago
The writing seems a little disjointed at first, but after a while you get used to the style and the series of short anecdotes. The book gives insight into life and tradition in some parts of Africa. While there aren't any what you'd call belly laughs, there is humor throughout the book, a lot of human nature both good and bad, and many small mysteries instead of one or two big ones like in the more conventional mysteries we're used to. A good read once you adapt to the style.
MamaB05 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect, but the description of the book sounded intriguing so I bought it for my Nook. The best word to describe the book is "quirky", but in a good way. The writing style was not typical and the characters had an interesting way of conveying what they wanted to say without actually saying it. I had not heard of the series before, but I plan on reading the rest of the books in the series and I have added the HBO television series to my Netflix queue as well.
TATERSIS More than 1 year ago
A compelling book that whisks you away to a faraway land and lets you peek into a different culture. I really enjoyed the setting and the way the local culture and proctocol were defined. Having read another reivew, I was always on the lookout for the "man bashing" parts. I have to admit there was a tendency to generalize men and their "bad" habits, but it was not so much offensive as it was quirky. I have to remember that this tendency to mistrust men came from the heroine's background and history. Funny; sweet; and sad all at the same time. A quick read and I will most certainly look for and read other books by this author. Surprised that this was a male author.
IdahobookwormDT More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked from the first page and I could hardly put it down. I love the characters and am amazed at how well Alexander McCall Smith can be Mma Ramotswe's voice. There is a strong moral theme of good triumphing over evil in this book and subsequent ones in the series. I enthusiastically recommend this book.
Kratz More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough about The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Extremely well written in a charming and enthralling manor this book makes Botswana come alive. I could feel the African heat as I was wiping Botswana dust from my forehead. Character development is superb. Mr. Smith pulls you into the lives of his well crafted characters until they almost seem like best friends and family. There are wonderful insights into human nature and positive moral overtones. Well worth reading! Get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They should create a new genre just for this series. We could call it the African Cozy. This is just made for light reading while lounging in your lawn chair and perhaps dozing off occasionally. It's easy to continue the thread of the story whenever you pick up your book again. No heavy lifting here. Just plain relaxing enjoyment.
ByTheOcean More than 1 year ago
What a totally charming book. McCall Smith takes you into African life with this unassuming narrative. I can't wait to get hold of the next one. A great rainyday read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was o.k. What I did like was how when there was a plot, the author went into pretty good detail. What I didn't like was how it is talking about something, then the next chapter doesn't exactly start where it left off, it starts on a different subject.
mopMP More than 1 year ago
I found the description of the country quite interesting, the actual detective story was very disappointing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad this was a free read! Going to buy the next in the series for sure!
nunna More than 1 year ago
This is a pleasant book, suitable for all audiences, and easy to read. Also hard to put down. I have read all of the books in this series and thoroughly enjoyed the adventures presented in a lighthearted manner.
gemini4765 More than 1 year ago
This book is not only entertaining but informative. Precious Ramotswe looks at crime from a unique standpoint. Her cultural heritage and the fact that she is a female in a nontraditional career, allows the reader to "solve" crimes in a manner not necessarily bound by the usual law-and-order perspective. Rather, Mma solves such problems in a human manner. Punishment is not the order of the day if retribution can be managed. Mma's solutions are unique and fitting to the crime. The supporting characters are fascinating, humorous, and real people.
ltyflds More than 1 year ago
Very good book, Mr. McCall has made a masterpiece... This book can make you cry and laugh. Set in an African country, this book comes alive. Cant wait for the series.... starring Jill Scott, one of the greats R&B, Neo-soul singers songwriters of all time.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A gentle little story.
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nolenreads More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, probably what lead me to buy the next 10. The story of Precious is that, precious. I love her, and her traditional build. I want to meet her, have tea. But her assistant with the talking shoes and the 97% on her secretary skills test, I love even more. Smith really brings these characters to life. This, as the introductory book mustn't be missed if you plan to read more. In this one we are set up about the country and surroundings, and some of Precious's background.
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Very pleasant story - good plot, interesting, informative. Made me look forward to the rest of the series.