Book review – The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

This week, Pegman takes us to Botswana.  I’ve never been there, but I feel I know a little more about this amazing country after reading a series of fiction books, which I am reviewing for my Pegman entry this week ……


Botswana is the setting for a lovely series of books called The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by the Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith.  There are eighteen novels in the series, which feature the main character Precious Ramotswe.  The gentle stories follow her adventures in Botswana as she turns detective to find out about people’s problems. Many references to Botswana are made, including forays into the desert, the animals, and details about the town of Gaberone and the suburbs. Each book follows on from the previous one, but you can easily pick up any book and enjoy it separately.  They are written in a charming and humorous way, with wonderful descriptions of different characters and situations.  There was also a radio and TV series based on the books.  On this Wikipedia link you can find a full list of all the books, along with details of all the characters mentioned in them.


Come back next week to find where Pegman goes next on his adventures!


16 thoughts on “Book review – The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

  1. They’re undemanding books, but draw you in because Precious Ramotswe is a very engaging character. They’re impeccably crafted. It was a good idea to introduce them for this prompt, Georgie, and you gave a comprehensive overview.

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  2. I only read the first one but saw the TV series. I was so bummed when it did not return for a third season. Jill Scott was absolutely brilliant as Precious. Now you’ve given me a hankering to read the rest of the books!

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