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THE FIRST BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES

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.

Reviews

The Miss Marple of Botswana
New York Times Book Review
A delight
Daily Telegraph
A publishing phenomenon
Guardian
The first in line of an internationally bestselling series, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is set in Botswana and is a highly original "detective" novel with a unique setting and range of characters . . . the vivid descriptions of Botswana means it becomes, in essence, another character. A lovely read with a gentle pace that will transport you to a whole other world
Independent
Immersing yourself in Precious Ramotswe's life seems to slow your heart rate while sharpening your senses
Scotsman
A rare pleasure
Daily Telegraph
Hugely enjoyable
Sunday Times
A small slice of heaven
Scotsman
I haven't read anything with such alloyed pleasure for a long time
Sunday Telegraph