Tuesday, September 09, 2008

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had begun reading this series of books by Alexander McCall Smith. It took me a little while to get into the first book but I found that I really enjoyed the characters, the cases, and most surprisingly, the setting.

The books take place in Botswana, a country I knew nothing about, and each book contains bits of history including British colonialism, descriptions of landscapes that are unfamiliar to me, and accounts of wildlife that are funny, outrageous, and somehow reverent too.

I didn't have any expectations when I picked up the first book; I had just heard from several people that the series was a good one. Precious Ramotswe, with her love of bush tea and the old Botswana morality, has become a friend whose adventures I will follow to the end.


  1. I love this series! I find I enjoy them even more when I listen to them on CD.

  2. I also fell in love with this series, however I only have the first three books...I need to get the rest! Enjoy them!

  3. I also like this series. When you have torn through these, I suggest the Aunt Dimity series. Aunt D. will be awesome this winter when you are freezing your ASSets off.