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  1. ebnewberry Newberry ebnewberry Newberry says:

    A lot of people are under the impression that Alexander Mccall Smith books are strictly for middle aged women This is NOT the case at all These books are for everyone They are not even just for women A lot of people are also under the impression that these books are mystery books This is also a misconception Mysteries are a very small part of these stories These books are about humanity and the small things that make it so good to be both human and alive I dare anyone who is not happy to read any of these books and not feel a little hopeful when they finish But they are not over the top They are not Chicken Soup for the Soul They are simply very subtle and very wise I have recommended this book to countless people who unfortunately do not pick it up for the reasons that I have mentioned above I have met Alexander Mccall Smith and he is one of the most joyful intelligent and interesting people I've ever encountered All these ualities come across in his books I'm so glad that he's a writing addict because I'm an addict of his books

  2. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    This is where the series begins there currently being twenty books in the series The No1 Ladies Detective Agency is a delightful work and a uick read to boot Smith alternates between small bits of back story for the central character Precious Ramotswe a woman of traditional build young middle aged 30s? divorcee heavy with intelligence gumption and cunning and the mysteries she unravels as the sole detective of the title agency Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe and Anika Noni Rose as Grace Makutsi from the HBO production It is rich with payload on local Botswana color and is told in a simple straightforward manner One can almost hear it being spoken aloud by a story teller around a campfire or a pot of bush tea It is a good thing that Smith wrote a whole herd of these books One is not nearly enoughEXTRA STUFFHere is a link to the HBO site for the show If you have not yet seen the series and are an HBO subscriber you are in for a treat Sadly HBO killed the series after a single season seven episodes so that treat will be of limited duration

  3. Shannon (Giraffe Days) Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    I'm no fan of mystery crime or detective books the bore me generally though I loved Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books in high school and Agatha Christie's Ten Little Niggers gave me chills since renamed And Then There Were None for obvious reasons but I've got an old edition The No1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a real gem however I absolutely loved it Wise funny intelligent insightful and blushing with vigour and a heartfelt love of Africa I'm not in the least surprised this series of which this is the first book has done so wellSet in Botswana it features thirty five year old Mma Ramotswe a cunning content and large in the traditional way woman who after her father dies leaving her many head of cattle sells up and opens a detective agency Hired to track missing husbands cheating husbands and thieving husbands as well as daughters sons and witch doctors Precious Ramostwe has her hands full Woven amongst the cases are beautiful descriptions of the land insights into African culture in all its myriad forms the life of her father a miner in South Africa and her own disastrous marriage which ended many years ago and a sweet offer of love from one of her best friends a successful mechanicWhat is especially intriguing about this book for me is its seemingly chaotic structure It follows no neat format employs chapters within chapters retells the past without incorporating it into the plot shifts perspective between characters though Mma Ramotswe has the focal perspective whenever desired and could sometimes be mistaken for short stories And it all works superbly so It's new and refreshing and extremely well written every word and sentence and paragraph there for a reason the small plotlines and overarching plot spun out with perfect timing and deft handling It is serious and wise and thoughtful when it needs to be and light and ironic at other times I kept thinking this'd make a great tv show only to find that the BBC have already jumped on that bandwagon shame it hasn't made it to CanadaMma Ramotswe is a fantastic protagonist a woman who stands up for herself and loves Africa despite its problems I'm always interested in reading books set in Africa the continent fascinates and intrigues me its beauty draws me and its the closest place to Australia in terms of landscape and climate that there is which makes me feel like it's a kindred spirit There are many places there that I would love to visitI could go on for ages highlighting all the great things in this book I have absolutely nothing negative to say or complain about and it was wonderful to read a book with proper English spelling intact except at one point the word humour which was very odd The proof readers should be careful about looking for wrong dialogue punctuation though end uotation marks before a paragraph break within someone's speech I'm seeing it occur in almost all the books I've been reading lately it's very shoddy

  4. Kira Kira says:

    Just could not get past the very obvious fact that this book is written by a white guy trying to tell a story through the eyes of a Botswanaese? woman It felt a bit patronising as in look how simply these people live just hanging out in the hot sun watching their cattle oh to live so simply like this oh look this woman is setting up a detective agency can you imagine that a woman? A black woman? How uaint and adorable etc etc It was a cute story but that was the problem it was all just a bit too cute

  5. Fabian Fabian says:

    I read about Africa uickly want to be transported there For a simpler life?The heart of this novel is its feminist protagonist Mma Ramotswe who lives in a precious town in Gaborone still untouched by technology or South African cosmopolitanism This book is extremely feminist in a very good positive and enlightening way as much as it is anticolonialist But to counter this notion there is a heartwarming case that Mma Ramotswe the number one and sole female detective in Botswana must face that is not as uncomplicated as gathering evidence on cheating husbands insurance fraud double identities etc It is the story of an African child ripped away from his humble family kidnapped by an African witch doctor It compels the reader to subscribe to the belief that there must be a balance somewhere to both modernity and rural simplicity The book is written using concise minimalistic verbs It has the charm of Amelie but reads like a Roald Dahl novel

  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1 Alexander McCall Smith Mma Ramotswe sits in her office the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency She has a secretary and she has clients She is in Gaborone the capital of Botswana a place of which she is proud She is the only child of Obed Ramotswe a man who worked long years in the mines in South Africa until one day he witnessed a crime and knew he had to leave the mines He had married a year or two earlier and their daughter was born in Mochudi He was wise with the money he earned in the mines using it to buy cattle and slowly grow his herd watched by a cousin while he was in the mines Not long after he returned his wife died A cousin left by her husband because she was barren came to help him raise his daughter Precious The cousin taught her well caring for her until a second man asked her to marry him when Precious is about 10 years old Precious continues at school until she is 16 Her father wants her to pursue education but she wants to stop school and does She itches to see new places She lives with her cousin and cousin's husband He has a business running buses and is doing well She takes a job in the firm and uncovers thievery by another employee defrauding the company Each weekend she takes a bus home to Mochudi to see her father On one bus trip she meets a boy a musician named Note Mokote Soon he proposes marriage to her going to her father for his permission Precious is already pregnant at the marriage but Note is not pleased at being a father He beats his wife as part of his lovemaking for any reason Once she must see a doctor for treatment after a beating On return home he has left her Her child lives only for five days She heads back to Mochudi to be with her father until he dies from the lung disease he got in the mines just after she is 34 Her father's herd is large and the price was good She sells some of the good herd of cattle to set up her office in Gaborone and buy a house there The house is on Zebra Drive The office is well located She hires Mma Makutsi from the Secretarial College and the first client appears directlyتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز شانزدهم ماه اکتبر سال 2004 میلادیعنوان اول‍ی‍ن‌ آژان‍س‌ ک‍ارآگ‍اه‍ی‌ زن‍ان‌؛ نویسنده ال‍ک‍س‍ان‍در م‍ک‌‌ک‍ال‌‌ اسم‍ی‍ت‌؛ مت‍رج‍م گ‍ودرز ج‍وادی‌زاده‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌ ج‍ی‍ح‍ون‌ ، ک‍ت‍اب‌‌س‍رای‌ ن‍ی‍ک‌‏‫، 1383؛ در 255 ص؛ شابک ؟؛ موضوع داستانهای پلیسی نویسندگان زیمباوه تبار بریتانیایی سده 20 معنوان دفتر کارآگاهی شماره یک بانوان؛ نویسنده الکساندر مک‌کال‌ اسمیت ؛ مترجم میرعلی غروی؛ تهران کتاب هرمس‏‫، 1388؛ در 256 ص؛ شابک 9789643634964؛ عنوان ‏‫دفتر شماره‌ی 1 کارآگاهی بانوان؛ نویسنده الکساندر مک‌کال‌ اسمیت؛ مترجم طاهره بهادران؛ تهران نشر قطره‏‫، ‌1390؛ در 286 ص؛ شابک 9786001193569؛‬فهرست مطالب فصل اول پدر؛ فصل دوم تمام سال‌های گذشته؛ فصل سوم درس‌هایی دربارۀ پسران و بزها؛ فصل چهارم زندگی با برادرزاده و شوهرش؛ فصل پنجم برای باز کردن آژانس کاراگاهی به چه چیزهایی نیاز است؟؛ فصل ششم پسر بچه؛ فصل هفتم خانم مکوتسی نامه را دریافت می‌کند؛ فصل هشتم گفتگویی با آقای جی ال بی متکونی؛ فصل نهم دوست پسر؛ فصل دهم خانم رموتسوی درحالیکه به سمت فرنسیس‌تون می‌راند به سرزمینش فکر می‌کند؛ فصل یازدهم جرم ماشین بزرگ؛ فصل دوازدهم خانۀ خانم رموتسوی در اتوبان زبرا؛ فصل سیزدهم چرا با من عروسی نمی‌کنی؟ فصل چهاردهم مرد جذاب؛ فصل پانزدهم کشف آقای جی ال بی متکونی؛ فصل شانزدهم بریده شدن انگشتان و مارها؛ فصل هفدهم سومین استخوان کف دست؛ فصل هجدهم دروغ‌های بسیار؛ فصل نوزدهم آقای چارلی گاتسو؛ فصل بیستم مسئله پزشکی؛ فصل بیست و یکم همسر جادوگر؛ فصل بیست و دوم آقای جی ال بی متکونی؛خانم «پرشس رموتسوی» زنی باهوش و جذاب است که در دامنه ی کوه «کگله» در آفریقا، با فروختن گله ی گاو میراث پدرش، یک دفتر کارآگاهی زده‌ است کل دارایی او یک کامیون کوچک سفید رنگ، دو میز، دو صندلی، یک تلفن، و یک ماشین تحریر قدیمی است، و البته یک قوری که با آن چای دم می‌کرد و سه لیوان، یکی برای خودش، یکی برای منشی، و دیگری برای مشتری خانم رموتسوی، تنها کارآگاه زن منطقه است او یک زن خوب و یک کارآگاه خوب است، و کشورش را هم با تمام مشکلاتش دوست دارد او پس از تاسیس دفترش، مشتریان زیادی داشت پس از یک شروع سریع، او با خوشحالی متوجه شد، که خدمات او متقاضی بسیاری دارد او درباره ی شوهران گمشده، ارزش شریک‌های تجاری، و کلاهبرداری شرکاء، مشورت می‌داد معمولاً در اغلب موارد، او اطلاعاتی برای مشتریش پیدا می‌کرد، و در مواردی که هیچ اطلاعاتی نمی‌توانست پیدا کند، از دستمزدش چشم‌پوشی می‌کرد، و به این ترتیب، همگی کسانیکه از او مشورت گرفته بودند، راضی بودند او کشف کرده بود که مردم بوتسوانا، دوست دارند حرف بزنند، و این موضوع که او یک کاراگاه خصوصی است، باعث می‌شد که اطلاعات مختلفی به سمت او سرازیر شود در میان پرونده‌ های مختلفی که خانم رموتسوی دارد، پرونده‌ ای بیش از همه، نظر او را به خود جلب می‌کند، و او را به خطر می‌اندازد، پرونده‌ ی گم شدن پسر یازده ساله‌ ای که ممکن است، به‌ دست طبیبانی جادوگر دزدیده شده‌ باشد خانم رموتسوی عزیز؛ من در یک مدرسه کوچک در دهکده ی کاتسانا معلم هستم که سی کیلومتر از گابورن فاصله دارد و در نزدیکی جایی هستم که به دنیا آمدم من چندین سال به مدرسه ی معلم‌ها رفتم و با نمره ی خوب امتحانات را گذراندم من با زنم دو دختر داریم و یک پسر یازده ساله این پسر که درباره‌ اش گفتم اخیراً ناپدید شده‌ است و دو ماه است که دیده نشده است ا شربیانی

  7. My_Strange_Reading My_Strange_Reading says:

    #mystrangereading The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️This book came in my cousin book exchange and had also been gifted to be by my dad a couple of Christmases ago so I really needed to read it Lol 🕵️🏾‍♀️I loved Precious Mma I loved how strong and independent she was I loved how she went after her dreams and I loved her cases 🕵️🏾‍♀️ I loved how the culture of Botswana was ever present in each story told because you would not expect that from a white man writing a story about an African woman I know he was born in Zimbabwe and worked in Botswana so that gives him a uniue perspective but I still found his writing of the underlying cultural norms and values of this country to be amazingly insightful 🕵️🏾‍♀️ I struggled with the pacing of this book The cases and then the 'big case' all just seemed to meld together into unremarkable storylines which was disappointing because the premise of the book was really intriguing All in all I will not be continuing the series and I might recommend to readers who really love detective stories and are looking for a different twist on the trope but it wasn't my favorite

  8. ֆɦɛʟʟʏ ȶɦɛ քǟȶʀօռ ֆǟɨռȶ օʄ ƈʊʀʍʊɖɢɛօռʟʏ ƈʀօռɛֆ ֆɦɛʟʟʏ ȶɦɛ քǟȶʀօռ ֆǟɨռȶ օʄ ƈʊʀʍʊɖɢɛօռʟʏ ƈʀօռɛֆ says:

    I feel like I should post a bit of a disclaimer first This is not a book I would have chosen for myself I picked it as my last challenge read a book set in Africa for the Saucy Wenches 2016 Reading Challenge That being said this was a decent little story It had a cozy mystery vibe It wasn't complicated and a lot of the story in the beginning was backstory on Mma Ramotswe the main character I liked her She is an unconventional leading lady fat we hear her described as such multiple times fearless unassuming average looking She is confident and successful on her own termsThe mysteries mainly involved cheating husbands and missing people I enjoyed hearing about Botswana There were encounters with a crocodile and dangerous snakes The book was just as much about the development of characters as much as the mysteriesThe narrator Lisette Lecat was amazing Her accents and voices were distinct and it was a top notch performanceI am not sure if I will continue or not It was a well written book but overall I just thought it was a cozy mystery type book that didn't really leave me wondering what was going to come next?

  9. Mark Mark says:

    i am probably the only person in the whole world who thinks this but these books are singularly underwhelming Nothing ever happens The characters are annoying To be honest I did only read this first one but couldn't face another Have refrained from putting this on my list till now cos I always thought I might try another and find it interesting but then I thought there are enormous caverns of books as yet undiscovered Why force myself to read another book of this just because I feel I should So Mr McCall Smith have a good life

  10. Brenda Brenda says:

    When Precious Ramotswe’s father died and left her with his cattle the sale made her uite wealthy Her decision to open the first Ladies Detective Agency in Botswana – in fact the only detective agency – was an easy one And of course she had to have a secretary even though she had no clients as yet She hired Grace Makutsi and together they enjoyed many cups of tea between the occasional caseMma Ramotswe was admired by many but her intuition and stubborn desire to solve people’s problems saw her succeed in most of the cases she was asked to investigate Would her business be a success and make a profit? The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith was an absolutely delightful experience I thoroughly enjoyed it and the intelligent humour fits Precious Ramotswe’s character perfectly An oldie but a goodie And I’ll be reading 😊 Thanks to my goodreads friends for the recommendation

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The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Precious Ramotswe has only just set up shop as Botswana's No1 and only lady detective when she is hired to track down a missing husband uncover a con man and follow a wayward daughter However the case that tugs at her heart and lands her in danger is a missing eleven year old boy who may have been snatched by witch doctors