The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is the first in a series about a detective agency in Botswana founded by Precious Ramotswe. She is a woman of about forty of “traditional” size, widowed and alone. Her beloved father has died and with her inheritance has bought a new home an office and decided to be a private detective.

She hires a secretary because you need one to be respectable.

Mma. Ramotswe is fortunate because she has hired a woman who is intelligent and ambitious to be a good secretary. Soon they have their first case. With wisdom and common sense and a book about how to be a detective, Mma. Ramotswe and her secretary begin their careers.

Tears of the Giraffe and Morality for Beautiful Girls are the second and third volumes of this absolutely charming and engaging series of books. The author is Alexander McCall Smith “a professor of medical law at Edinburgh University. He was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the Unviersity of Botswana.”

I enjoyed these easy reads because they are filled with interesting characters, straight talking, humor, heart and humanity – my recipe for good books and good movies. I think adolescent girls would like them, too.

Even if a man wrote them!