Alexander McCall Smith’s The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency (TNLDN) is set in Botswana and is about a woman named Precious Ramotswe (Mma Ramotswe), who decides to set up a detective agency using the money her father left her after his death. The book tells stories of Mma Ramotswe detective work interspersed with back stories of her life and her father’s, all told with simple language, a keen sense of observation, and a kind of humour that I can’t seem to pin down but one that is palpable.
I enjoyed reading the book and the only complaint I have is that I sensed a lack of a coherent thread through the book. There are many interesting stories in the book but I felt that they could’ve been tied together better. The book is a different kind of book though and is fun to read.
I wouldn’t mind reading the other books in the series. Not at all.