Wednesday, December 2, 2009

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

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Title: No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: Mystery
Rating: Adore
Alerts/Warnings: Some sexual content and violence
Premise: This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging sleuth Precious Ramotswe, who goes against tradition and starts her own detective agency business - drawn to her profession to "help people with the problems in their lives."
Immediately upon setting up shop in contemporary Botswana, in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is in the thick of several perplexing cases. Hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter, the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is that of a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witch doctors. (King County Library System)
Opinions: This book was really popular when it first came out. I was working in a bookstore and we had a hard time keeping it on the shelves. We would sell out so quickly. Finally I decided to read it and see what I thought about it. Well, it was not at all what I expected and much better than I had hoped. First off, I have only read the first book in this series. The other books are on my too read list (which is quite long) and someday I will get to them. So I am ONLY reviewing the first book.

Precious Ramotswe is one of the most engaging and realistically bold characters I have ever read. She is straight forward and realistic. She goes through a bunch of not so hot stuff (see alerts) but comes through it with a better understanding of human kind. This book not only has this bold and beautiful character, but it also gives you a look into the country of Botswana. This mix of character and location makes this book a gem to read.

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