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No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith is my favorite modern series of books! It is such a heartwarming and wholesome series of books and I want to be friends with the characters in real life!
“So the small things came into their own: small acts of helping others, if one could; small ways of making one’s own life better: acts of love, acts of tea, acts of laughter. Clever people might laugh at such simplicity, but, she asked herself, what was their own solution?” -The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (Book #8)
To start off, the lead character is *Mma Precious Ramotswe and she is quite the philosopher as well as one of the most beloved moral traditionalist’s I’ve ever met in fiction. She is a rarity in 21st century fiction and I just adore her. Also Mma Ramotswe believes in people, especially when they stop believing in themselves. Additionally she loves her African Red Bush tea and strives to live by “The Old Botswana Values.” Due to all this she is such a beautiful character full of so many virtues that inspire the reader.
Supporting characters are:
Mma Ramotswe’s husband: **Rra.J.L.B. Matekoni
Mma Grace Makutsi: the assistant detective
Rra Phuti Radiphuti: Mma Makutsi’s husband
Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni’s two apprentices: Fanwell and Charlie
Mma Sylvia Potokwane: Matron of the local orphan farm
Violet Sephotho: trouble maker and Mma Makutsi’s nemesis
“People’s lives are delicate; you cannot interfere with them without running the risk of changing them profoundly. A chance remark, a careless involvement, may make the difference between a life of happiness and one of sorrow.” -The Kalahari Typing School for Men (Book #4)
Furthermore in this series, the reader is treated to different episodes in the lives of the main characters and those who seek assistance at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Many people seek Mma Ramotswe’s help searching for a long lost relative, confirmation a cheating spouse, uncovering theft, and many other sticky situations. While Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi investigate these incidents, the reader learns all about the personal lives of the main characters which become a real treat to peek in on from that very first book.
Finally the author of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith (1948- ) is one of the greatest modern writers and a bestselling author several times over. He is also the author of several successful series including the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in the subject of medical law. For a time, he was a professor at the University of Botswana which is where his great love for that country inspired his The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Currently he lives in Scotland.
The Books in No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency:
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
- Tears of the Giraffe
- Morality for Beautiful Girls
- The Kalahari Typing School for Men
- The Full Cupboard of Life
- In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
- Blue Shoes and Happiness
- The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
- The Miracle at Speedy Motors
- Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
- The Double Comfort Safari Club
- The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
- The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
- The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
- The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café
- The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
- Precious and Grace
- The House of Unexpected Sisters (Expected publication: November 7th 2017)
*Mma is a term of respectful address that means Ma’am
*Rra is a term of respectful address that means Mr. or Sir