Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2016
Location: To be determined
Title: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Genre: Fiction – Mystery
Year of Publication: 1998
Approximate Page Count: 256 pages
Summary: This book is the first of a series of novels set in Gaborone, Botswana, and featuring the Motswana protagonist Precious Ramotswe. After a failed first marriage, Precious returns home. After her father dies, leaving his cattle to her, she sells some of them for her move to the city and a new life. In Gabarone, she starts a detective agency. Immediately upon setting up shop, 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 witch doctors. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency received two Booker Judges’ Special Recommendations and was voted one of the International Books of the Year and the Millennium by the Times Literary Supplement.
Suggested by: Regina
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