|20 January 2016|
After his beloved daddy died, Mma Precious Ramotswe sold the cattle that he left behind, bought an office space, hired an assistant, and started the first and only ladies’ detective agency in Gaborone, Botswana. From such simple origins began one of the most heart-warming of books.
The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith narrates the detective pursuits of Mma Ramotswe, the cases she solves –large and small, sinister and simple – and her life and times in the small southern African country. You would not find detailed forensic examination, neither textbook police procedurals – Mma Ramotswe solves the cases through her intuition, ingenuity and wit. You also discover Botswana, the illness-ravaged, superstition-encrusted land, which is nonetheless kind, welcoming, and through the loving pen-pictures by the writer, beautiful.