Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.
A cobra has been found in Precious Ramotswe’s office. Then a nurse from a local medical clinic reveals that faulty blood–pressure readings are being recorded there. And Botswana has a new advice columnist, Aunty Emang, whose advice is rather curt for Mma Ramotswe’s taste.
All this means a lot of work for our heroine and her inestimable assistant, Grace Makutsi, and they are, of course, up to the challenge. But there’ s trouble brewing in Mma Makutsi’s own life. When Phuti Radiphuti misses their customary dinner date, she begins to wonder if he is having second thoughts about their engagement. And while Mma Makutsi may be able to buy that fashionably narrow (and uncomfortable) pair of blue shoes, it may not buy her the happiness that Mma Ramotswe promises her she’ll find in the simpler things—in contentment with the world and enough tea to smooth over the occasional bumps in the road.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, The Sunday Philosophy Club series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana and at Edinburgh University. He lives in Scotland.
“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detec-tive Agency series is a literary confection of gossamer deliciousness . . . There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books.” —Janet Malcolm, The New York Times Book Review
“The best, most charming, honest, hilarious, and life-affirming books to appear in years.” —The Plain Dealer
“Beguiling, lyrical . . . Blessed with McCall Smith’s richly detailed portraits of life in Africa and his flair for storytelling with an engaging cast of fully realized characters.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Enthralling . . . [Mma Ramotswe] is someone readers can’t help but love.” —USA Today
“Sweet, soothing, [and] abundant in folk wisdom . . . These novels are poultices, valued for their healing properties. [They have] a contagious warmth.” —The New York Times
“Thoroughly original . . . Vivid, affectionately rendered details of everyday Botswana life . . . A pleasure.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette