Woman detective in Botswana, Africa

The N.1 ladies detective agency by Alexander McCall Smith tells a story about a woman named Precious Ramotswe who had been living with her father. Her father had built up a good-sized herd of cattle for Precious. He he tells her on his deathbed to sell the herd and buy a store, whatever store would make her happy, and she does. She buys a house and she starts a detective agency, the only ladies’ detective agency in the nation of Botswana. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has chapters about Precious Ramotswe’s life and chapters that describe mysteries that Mma Ramotswe solves.

Alexander McCall Smith describes life in Africa in detail and the characters are interesting. Actually the characters made this book so good because the mysteries that Mma Ramotswe is solving are not so interesting themselves but the characters that are including in those mysteries made them worth reading.

The book is light reading so it’s not for everyone. For the readers like me who reads a book every now and then can find this book interesting, so if you are looking for a simple story with great characters this book is for you.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Mikko Karjula
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 10:21:47

    This review didn’t really rise my interest in the book and it’s probably not my type of book, but yor review is swell. I like how you noted that the characters is the thing that makes the book worth reading. I also like books with real and credible characters and I think they’re just as important as the plot.

    It was also a fine thing to do that you told who the book is for. Your language is fluent and you know how to write. I still think this could have been a little more descriptive and longer. Maybe you could have told for example when this happened, what’s the milieu like or something like that.

    Fine review anyway!


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