Posted by: Sarah | January 21, 2011

No. 1 African Lady Detective

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: another book in the series

Love mysteries? Interested in Africa? Then this is a perfect series for you!

Alexander McCall Smith is originally from Britain but lived for many years in Botswana, where the book is set. Readers will feel like a long-term expat living near South Africa, too, after reading even one of these books! The setting, the pace of life, the beauty and the hardship of life in Africa, all come through in the descriptive prose.

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency introduces us to the protagonist, and independent and enterprising lady who embarks on a venture to help people find loved ones, recover missing objects, and — of course — solve mysteries. The mysteries are plausible and well thought out, with satisfying resolutions.

Mma Ramotswe and assistant

More attractive, however, is the character of Mma Ramotswe, a vibrant and strong personality who is revealed to have a soft heart. The challenges and opportunities of her personal life offer a myriad of fascinating subplots that along with the main mystery create a compelling plot.

The book was so popular that it was turned into a TV show, and the DVD is still available. Several of the books in the series are available in the C.C., so check them out today!



  1. Thank you for your book report. I think I should read this book as it sounds good. I will try reading all series of this book because recently I started taking interest in the fiction and non-fiction books about nations and different cultures. I also like when the story has a woman as the main character.
    I’m really thankful for your report!

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