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The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency


Published: 1st January 2013
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Wayward daughters - Missing Husbands - Philandering partners - Curious conmen.

If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective.

Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.

And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger... Delightfully different, The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency offers a captivating glimpse of an unusual world.

About The Author

Alexander McCall Smith is a Professor of Medical Law, but also an author who has now written over fifty books on a wide range of subjects. His collection of African stories, Children of Wax, received critical acclaim and has been the subject of an award-winning film.


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A wonderful series

By Nats

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written


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    Comments about The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency:

    Wonderful heart warming series everybody should read. I have read one after another and am now on the fourth. These books are so down to earth.

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    * 'Everything about [McCall Smith] is appealing. He's just full of delight - it just bubbles out of him' SUNDAY HERALD * 'Indeed, the effort involved would have been justified by just one of them, THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY' Gerald Kaufman, Chairman of the 1999 BOOKER Prize Jury * 'A rare pleasure' DAILY TELEGRAPH * 'A publishing phenomenon' GUARDIAN

    Alexander McCall Smith

    Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty languages and become bestsellers through the world.

    The series include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Sunday Philosophy Club series starring Isabel Dalhousie, the von Igelfeld series, and the new Corduroy Mansions novels.

    Alexander is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America.

    Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.

    Visit Alexander McCall Smith's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9780349116754
    ISBN-10: 034911675X
    Series: No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 233
    Published: 1st January 2013
    Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
    Volume Number: 4 vols.
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 1.7
    Weight (kg): 0.2
    Edition Number: 1