The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780748110612
Release Date: 2008-10-02
Genre: Fiction

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 the first book of the bestselling series, Mma Ramotswe - with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi - navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humour and the occasional cup of tea. Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger . . . Delightfully different, THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY offers a captivating glimpse of an unusual world. Includes a sneak peek of The Colours of all the Cattle, the latest instalment in the beloved NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE series! (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the 1st book in the series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order)

Ein Krokodil f r Mma Ramotswe

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Bastei Lübbe (Bastei Verlag)
ISBN: 3404149181
Release Date: 2006-05-22
Genre: Fiction

Mma Ramotswe und ihr Beruf sind einzigartig. In Afrika, am Rande der Kalahari in Botswana, betreibt sie die einzige Detektivagentur des Landes. Witz, subtile Menschenkenntnis, die atmosphärisch dichte Schilderung des Alltags in Botswana und wunderschöne Landschaftsbeschreibungen machen diese ungewöhnliche Detektivgeschichte zu einem höchst vergnüglichen Leseerlebnis.

Ein Fallschirm f r Mma Ramotswe

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3404157400
Release Date: 2010-05-14
Genre: Fiction

Mma Ramotswe, die liebenswürdige Privatdetektivin aus Botswana muss ihrem langjährigen Verlobten, dem Besitzer von Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, zur Seite stehen. Als er von der Leiterin eines Waisenhauses mit dem Vorschlag überrumpelt wird, bei einer Wohltätigkeitsveranstaltung mit einem Fallschirm abzuspringen, sind ihre Menschenkenntnis und ihr Ideenreichtum gefragt. Denn der schüchterne Mr. Matekoni will sich auf gar keinen Fall vom Himmel stürzen ... Jede Zeile dieses Romans ist erfüllt von Weisheit, Poesie und feinem Humor. Alexander McCall Smith wurde für dieses Buch mit dem "Saga Award for Wit" ausgezeichnet.

The House of Unexpected Sisters

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781408708163
Release Date: 2017-09-07
Genre: Fiction

Precious Ramotswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest installment of the much-loved, best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. At Botswana's No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi are intrigued by the troubling dismissal of an employee at a thriving local business. The ladies proceed with investigations as they are inclined to do - with Mma Makutsi's customary vigour, and Mma Ramotswe's rather more subtle caution. Soon enough, interesting discoveries are made... marital subterfuge, undue influence and commercial chicanery! Clearly, there is more to this dismissal than at first imagined. While Mma Makutsi's focus, as self-appointed Principal Investigating Officer, is firmly on the case, Mma Ramotswe's attention is diverted by personal matters. Not only has her disgraced ex-husband reappeared in town, but she has stumbled on an unsettling family secret of her own - one that might threaten what she holds closest to her heart. As Precious contemplates this painful possibility, she must draw on her strength and compassion and confront The House of Unexpected Sisters. And for both Mma Makutsi and Mma Ramotswe, the wise words of their mentor Clovis Andersen - 'the needle swings in confusing ways' - have never been more prescient . . .

Ein K rbis f r Mma Ramotswe

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher:
ISBN: 3431037054
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Botswana

Mma Ramotswe und ihre pfiffige Assistentin müssen sich nicht nur um einen verschwundenen Dieb, den aufmüpfigen Lehrling Charlie und seine Frauengeschichten kümmern, sondern stehen auch privat vor grossen Herausforderungen. - 6. Fall für die Detektivin aus Botswana.

The Colors of All the Cattle

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 9781524747817
Release Date: 2018-11-06
Genre: Fiction

In this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe finds herself running for office—much to her dismay. When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the Gaborone City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first reluctant. But when she learns that developers plan to build the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Mma Makutsi’s old nemesis, Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to guarantee anything beyond what she can deliver; hence her slogan: “I can’t promise anything—but I shall do my best.” Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has acquired a new client: one of her late father’s old friends, who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Charlie volunteers to be the lead investigator in the case to prove he’s ready to be more than an apprentice, as well as to impress a new girlfriend. With Charlie’s inquiries landing him in hot water and Election Day fast approaching, Mma Ramotswe will have to call upon her good humor and gen­erosity of spirit to help the community navigate these thorny issues, and to prove that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307378101
Release Date: 2009-04-21
Genre: Fiction

THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 10 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. In this latest installment in the endlessly entertaining series, Precious Ramotswe faces problems both personal and professional. The first is the potential demise of an old friend, her tiny white van. Recently, it has developed a rather troubling knock, but she dare not consult the estimable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni for fear he may condemn the vehicle. Meanwhile, her talented assistant Mma Makutsi is plagued by the reappearance of her nemesis, Violet Sephotho, who has taken a job at the Double Comfort Furniture store whose proprietor is none other than Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi’s fiancé. Finally, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has been hired to explain the unexpected losing streak of a local football club, the Kalahari Swoopers. But with Mma Ramotswe on the case, it seems certain that everything will be resolved satisfactorily. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Kalahari Typing School For Men

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780748110643
Release Date: 2008-10-02
Genre: Fiction

Ex-CID. Ex-New York. Ex-cellent' reads the sign outside the Satisfaction Guarantee Detective Agency. Cephas Buthelezi certainly talks the talk, Precious discovers, but would he have the wherewithal to deal with her current case - a man who has been attacked by ostrich rustlers, and is eager to reassess his life? Meanwhile, there are difficulties at the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where one of the apprentices has discovered the Lord, problems at home with the mysterious death of a hoopoe, and romantic complications when Mma Makutsi sets up a typing school for men . . .

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781408706688
Release Date: 2015-09-17
Genre: Fiction

Mma Ramotswe is not one to sit about. Her busy life as the proprietress of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency gives her little time for relaxation. Nonetheless, she is persuaded by her co-director Mma Makutsi to take a holiday. But Mma Ramotswe finds it impossible to resist the temptation to interfere with the agency's cases - secretly, she intends . . . This leads her to delve into the past of a man whose reputation has been called into question. It also leads her to an orphan named Samuel. Meanwhile, Violet Sephotho, Mma Makutsi's arch-enemy, has had the temerity to set up a new secretarial college - one that aims to rival that great institution, the Botswana Secretarial College. Will she get her comeuppance? It will be a close-run thing.

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781405520591
Release Date: 2013-10-03
Genre: Fiction

As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and the resumption of the eternal cycle, seismic upheaval is taking place at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband, but after her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Ramotswe's challenging but irreplaceable associate Mma Makutsi has joyful news. With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, Mma Ramotswe must tackle tea-making and detective work alone. Well-known troublemaker Violet Sephotho may or not be behind a smear campaign against the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, and a dispute over the will of a local dignitary points to a shocking family secret. But the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is resilient and adaptable, and change brings salutary lessons: that our enemies are not always obvious, that a snake under the bed may be an ally, and that a mother's love conquers all.

Precious and Grace

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781408708132
Release Date: 2016-09-01
Genre: Fiction

This is the story of Precious and Grace, known to one another and their friends as Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, co-directors of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. For years the two women have been helping people with the problems in their lives, but their partnership is tested by a curious case: a client who wants to rediscover the life she lost when she left Botswana thirty years ago. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi soon find that the quest for the truth takes them in very different directions. They are each convinced that they are on the right track - but what if they are both wrong? Meanwhile Mma Ramotswe must extract Mr Polopetsi - part-time assistant detective - from a potential disaster with wide-reaching consequences, deal with a stray dog that Fanwell - the gentle mechanic - has brought into their lives, and cope with the agency's arch-enemy, Violet Sephotho. Steeped in the heat of summer in Botswana, and packed with intrigue, this heartfelt tale of friendship under pressure reveals how coming to terms with the past may be the only way to face the future.