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[[ Read Epub ]] ⚡ The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Ö Precious Ramotswe has only just set up shop as Botswana s No and only lady detective when she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter However, 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 i am probably the only person in the whole world who thinks this but these books are singularly underwhelming Nothing ever happens The characters are annoying To be honest I did only read this first one but couldn t face another Have refrained from putting this on my list till now cos I always thought I might try another and find itinteresting but then I thought there are enormous caverns of books as yet undiscovered Why force myself to read another book of this just because I feel I i am probably the only person in the whole world who thinks this but these books are singularly underwhelming Nothing ever happens The characters are annoying To be honest I did only read this first one but couldn t face another Have refrained from putting this on my list till now cos I always thought I might try another and find itinteresting but then I thought there are enormous caverns of books as yet undiscovered Why force myself to read another book of this just because I feel I should So Mr McCall Smith, have a good life A lot of people are under the impression that Alexander Mccall Smith books are strictly for middle aged women This is NOT the case at all These books are for everyone They are not even just for women A lot of people are also under the impression that these books are mystery books This is also a misconception Mysteries are a very small part of these stories These books are about humanity and the small things that make it so good to be both human and alive I dare anyone who is not happy to A lot of people are under the impression that Alexander Mccall Smith books are strictly for middle aged women This is NOT the case at all These books are for everyone They are not even just for women A lot of people are also under the impression that these books are mystery books This is also a misconception Mysteries are a very small part of these stories These books are about humanity and the small things that make it so good to be both human and alive I dare anyone who is not happy to read any of these books and not feel a littlehopeful when they finish But they are not over the top They are not Chicken Soup for the Soul They are simply very subtle and very wise I have recommended this book to countless people who unfortunately do not pick it up for the reasons that I have mentioned above I have met Alexander Mccall Smith and he is one of the most joyful, intelligent, and interesting people I ve ever encountered All these qualities come across in his books I m so glad that he s a writing addict because I m an addict of his books This is where the series begins, there currently being twenty books in the series The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is a delightful work and a quick read to boot Smith alternates between small bits of back story for the central character, Precious Ramotswe, a woman of traditional build, young middle aged 30s divorcee, heavy with intelligence, gumption and cunning, and the mysteries she unravels as the sole detective of the title agency Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe and Anika Noni Rose as This is where the series begins, there currently being twenty books in the series The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is a delightful work and a quick read to boot Smith alternates between small bits of back story for the central character, Precious Ramotswe, a woman of traditional build, young middle aged 30s divorcee, heavy with intelligence, gumption and cunning, and the mysteries she unravels as the sole detective of the title agency Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe and Anika Noni Rose as Grace Makutsi from the HBO production It is rich with payload on local Botswana color, and is told in a simple, straightforward manner One can almost hear it being spoken aloud by a story teller around a campfire, or a pot of bush tea It is a good thing that Smith wrote a whole herd of these books One is not nearly enough EXTRA STUFFHere is a link to the HBO site for the show If you have not yet seen the series, and are an HBO subscriber, you are in for a treat Sadly, HBO killed the series after a single season, seven episodes, so that treat will be of limited duration I m no fan of mystery, crime or detective books the bore me, generally, though I loved Kerry Greenwood s Phryne Fisher books in high school and Agatha Christie s Ten Little Niggers gave me chills since renamed And Then There Were None, for obvious reasons but I ve got an old edition The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is a real gem, however I absolutely loved it Wise, funny, intelligent, insightful and blushing with vigour and a heartfelt love of Africa, I m not in the least surprised this I m no fan of mystery, crime or detective books the bore me, generally, though I loved Kerry Greenwood s Phryne Fisher books in high school and Agatha Christie s Ten Little Niggers gave me chills since renamed And Then There Were None, for obvious reasons but I ve got an old edition The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is a real gem, however I absolutely loved it Wise, funny, intelligent, insightful and blushing with vigour and a heartfelt love of Africa, I m not in the least surprised this series of which this is the first book has done so well.Set in Botswana, it features thirty five year old Mma Ramotswe, a cunning, content and large in the traditional way woman who, after her father dies leaving her many head of cattle, sells up and opens a detective agency Hired to track missing husbands, cheating husbands and thieving husbands, as well as daughters, sons and witch doctors, Precious Ramostwe has her hands full Woven amongst the cases are beautiful descriptions of the land, insights into African culture in all its myriad forms, the life of her father, a miner in South Africa, and her own disastrous marriage which ended many years ago, and a sweet offer of love from one of her best friends, a successful mechanic.What is especially intriguing about this book, for me, is its seemingly chaotic structure It follows no neat format, employs chapters within chapters, retells the past without incorporating it into the plot, shifts perspective between characters though Mma Ramotswe has the focal perspective whenever desired, and could sometimes be mistaken for short stories And it all works, superbly so It s new and refreshing and extremely well written, every word and sentence and paragraph there for a reason, the small plotlines and overarching plot spun out with perfect timing and deft handling It is serious and wise and thoughtful when it needs to be, and light and ironic at other times I kept thinking this d make a great tv show only to find that the BBC have already jumped on that bandwagon shame it hasn t made it to Canada.Mma Ramotswe is a fantastic protagonist, a woman who stands up for herself and loves Africa despite its problems I m always interested in reading books set in Africa the continent fascinates and intrigues me, its beauty draws me, and its the closest place to Australia, in terms of landscape and climate, that there is, which makes me feel like it s a kindred spirit There are many places there that I would love to visit.I could go on for ages highlighting all the great things in this book I have absolutely nothing negative to say or complain about, and it was wonderful to read a book with proper English spelling intact except, at one point, the word humour , which was very odd The proof readers should be careful about looking for wrong dialogue punctuation though end quotation marks before a paragraph break within someone s speech I m seeing it occur in almost all the books I ve been reading lately, it s very 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