Some books elude me. For ages. I had heard people raving about the series and couldn’t want to read. I have been on the lookout for it for a while now. And even after I got hold of it, it took ages before I started reading it.
I can only say that the book has been well worth the wait.
Mma ‘Precious’ Ramotswe, started the No. 1 ladies Detective Agency, out her inheritance that her beloved father left her. Her initial worries about not getting enough work is swept away as she is kept busy with tracking missing husbands, children, errant daughters, fake fathers. The works. Turns our that Mma Ramotswe is made for being a detective. Humane, yet firm, diligent, observant, logical and knowing how to get the system work for her, Mma Ramotswe soon has cases of all sorts. Some easy to solve, others more testing. Sometimes she ends up the fall guy despite just having followed her client’s instructions. As she solves each of the mysteries, we get to see more of her personality and get to know her better.
More than the actual story, it is the writing style that makes it so captivating. Precious Ramotswe is a wonderful character. With a story of her own, one that made her emerge stronger, Mma Ramostwe makes a wonderful protagonist. The characters are beautifully developed, and the mysteries are more incidental rather than the focus of the story. The focus of the story is definitely the delightful Mma Ramotswe and her life and her sometimes unorthodox methods of solving mysteries. If I had to use one word to desribe it, I would say ‘cozy’.
A book that comes so heavily recommended, it could have easily become a let down. Instead it was an absolute delight to read. An incredibly sweet book. I loved the way it is written. It had me smiling through the book. It made me miss reading the book when I was at work. I would barely stay away from the book. And when it ended, I wanted more. This is one series I definitely want to read through.
A wonderful book. One that I couldn’t have enough of. I would rate it 4/5.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.