Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency


McCall Smith, A., & Lecat, L. (2003). The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books. 1402545940

While browsing for an audiobook for my work commute, one of my coworkers recommended No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. She told me it was a cute series taking place in Botswana! Heeding my coworker’s advice, I cruised home listening to No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

Precious “Mma” Ramotswe is the charming director of her own business on her home turf – Botswana. She’s the one, the only, the absolute best – lady detective in all the land. After a rough start and scarce business, people arrive, seeking out Mma Ramotswe’s services.  With great aplomb, she handles everything from missing children to missing husbands.

Within this novel, the reader learns of  Mma’s precocious beginnings, her doting but sickly father, her personal tragedy, and her current goals. I liked Mma immediately; she listens when people talk to her; she accepts herself. Mma is perhaps McCall Smith and Africa’s response to Miss Marple.  I wouldn’t mind listening to another one of these books. I’ve already requested the season one of the Jill C. Scott series! Look out, Jessica Fletcher, the #1 lady detective is on the case.

I enjoyed learning a little more about Botswana; a land overshadowed by South Africa in my education. McCall Smith offered me a bit of a social studies lesson, too.

Four out of Five Pearls

Places: Botswana, South Africa

Word Bank:

What’s What and Who’s Who in THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY

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