Publisher: Anchor; Today Show Book Club edition (February 6, 2003)
My ratings: 5 ♥
I picked this book up from the bargain section at the library. I heard people talk about it, but I just never thought to read it. But for 50 cents, I bought it and read. It's well done, it's entertaining, and I believe it gave me a window to Africa where this book was set. The characters are engaging, you just want to dive into the book and met them. I love it! I love the main character. I feel bad for her with her tragedy, but she doesn't dwell on her failures, so you never get uncomfortable with it. She just pick up herself and goes on. I admire her cunning and her kindness too. A must read!
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 Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But 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 witchdoctors.
Other books in the series:
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful Girls
The Kalahari Typing School For Men
The Full Cupboard of Life
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
Blue Shoes and Happiness