The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith
* A highly original 'detective' novel with unique setting and characters, this is the first of four 'Botswana' titles are both beautiful and charming.Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective.Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger . . .Delightfully different, THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY offers a captivating glimpse of an unusual world.ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is a Professor of Medical Law, but also an author who has now written over fifty books on a wide range of subjects. His collection of African stories,CHILDREN OF WAX, received critical acclaim and has been the subject of an award-winning film.Since 1st publication in 1999 THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY has received two Booker Judges' Special Recommendations & was voted one of the 'International Books of the Year & the Millennium' by the TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT.Anthony Minghella & Sydney Pollack's company, Mirage, will co-produce a TV series.300,000 copies sold in the USA and rights have been sold worldwide.Has sold 15,000 copies in 'C' format in the UK already.