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THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY.
FOR ALL CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS AND ENQUIRIES.
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED FOR ALL PARTIES.
UNDER PERSONAL MANAGEMENT.
A beguiling mystery and lyrical novel of Africa — the fourth in a series that the L.A. Times calls "thoroughly engaging and entertaining."
Now that The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (the only detective agency for ladies and others in Botswana) is established, its founder, Precious Ramotswe, can look upon her life with pride: she's reached her late thirties ("the finest age to be"), has a house, two children, a good fiancé — Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni — and many satisfied customers. But life is never without its problems.
It turns out that her adopted son is responsible for the dead hoopoe bird in the garden; her assistant, Mma Makutsi, wants a husband and needs help with her idea to open the Kalahari Typing School for Men; yet Mma Ramotswe's sexist rival has no trouble opening his Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency across town. Will Precious Ramotswe's delightfully cunning and profoundly moral methods save the day? Follow the continuing story of Botswana's first lady detective in the irresistible The Kalahari Typing School for Men.
"The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision. His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswanan landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time." Anthony Daniels, The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)
"I was enchanted by the character of Precious Ramotswe and the sly humor of Alexander McCall Smith's writing, his deft evocation of a culture." Anthony Minghella, Academy Award-winning writer/director of The English Patient and Cold Mountain
"In spots, Kalahari feels a wee rushed....But if the new edition doesn't quite live up to the superior Morality for Beautiful Girls, it still brims with good humor and compassion. (Grade: B+)" Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly
"Readers who haven't yet discovered Mma Ramotswe will enjoy discovering how her quiet humor, understated observation, and resolutely domestic approach to detection promise to put Botswana on the sleuthing map for good." Kirkus Reviews
"A dose of easy humor laces the pages, as McCall Smith throws in wry observations....This is another graceful entry in a pleasingly modest and wise series." Publishers Weekly
"The fourth title in an internationally popular series...features an exotic African setting and charming, memorable characters. Recommended." Library Journal
"Reader, be warned: This is not your ordinary detective novel....The Kalahari Typing School for Men maintains the breezy-to-read, gentle tone of Smith's previous work, and leaves us wanting more adventures ASAP." Daneet Steffens, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Now that the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is established, its founder, Precious Ramotswe, can look upon her life with pride: she's reached her late thirties ("the finest age to be"), has a house, two children, a good fiance, and many satisfied customers. But life is never without its problems.
Now that the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is established, its founder, Precious Ramotswe, can look upon her life with pride. But life is never without its problems, as she discovers in this fourth book in a series the L.A. Times calls "thoroughly engaging and entertaining."
Academy Award-winning writer/director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, Cold Mountain), along with Sydney Pollack's company Mirage, will be producing The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency TV series with New Africa Media Films.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is a professor of medical law at Edinburgh University. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He is the author of more than fifty books: novels, children's books, a short story collection, and specialized titles such as Forensic Aspects of Sleep. He lives in Scotland.
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