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Fans around the world adore the bestselling 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.
Mma Makutsi, who has recently been promoted to co-director, has been encouraging Mma Ramotswe to update to more modern office practices. An unusual case, however, will require both of them to turn their attention firmly to the past. A young Canadian woman who spent her early childhood in Botswana requests the agency’s help in recalling her life there. Precious and Grace set out to locate the house that the woman lived in and the caretaker who looked after her many years ago. But when the journey takes an unexpected turn, they are forced to consider whether some things are better left in the past.
Mma Ramotswe dispenses help and sympathy with the graciousness and warmth for which she is so well known, and everyone involved is led to surprising insights into the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and new beginnings.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books and of a number of other series of novels. His works have been translated into over forty languages and have been best-sellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.
Praise for Precious and Grace and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series
“In anxious times, we turn to comfort foods. But what about comfort books? Alexander McCall Smith serves up a perfect example in Precious and Grace, the latest in his heartwarming series featuring Precious Ramotswe, founder and owner of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Deeply satisfying and joyful, McCall Smith’s series about Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, can be read as delicious entertainment. Or as wise lessons in humility, tolerance, and forgiveness. Or—and this is the course I recommend—as both.” —Adam Woog, The Seattle Times
“The books, like their author, have charm. You cannot overstate the power of this—it’s the missing ingredient in contemporary fiction.”—The Guardian
“Hooked. In thrall. That’s what the reader will be . . . Endearing, amusing, and speckled with truths.” —The Dallas Morning News
“Beguiling . . . McCall Smith’s prose is deceptively simple, with a gift for evoking the earth and sky of Africa.” —The Seattle Times
“A visit with a cast of characters who seem like old and cherished friends.” —St. Petersburg Times
“Utterly charming and deliciously entertaining, [with] characters who are as adept as they are appealing—people who become as familiar as neighbors and as welcome as the best of friends—and who, though steady in their beliefs and devotions, will still constantly surprise and amaze.”—Chicago Tribune