Synopsis: Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you’ve got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s only – and finest – female private detective.
Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she’s got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger . . .
Review: I've heard a lot about these books so I thought I'd give them a go. Must say, although I enjoyed this one, I don't think I'll be running out to buy every single one of them.
The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency wasn't what I expected. Less crime solving, and more finding out about the past of the main character. Most cases were started and solved within the space of one chapter, and the running theme seemed to be dropped so fast. It felt like somewhat of an anticlimax. It would have been really nice to have a bigger storyline running through the book.
Having said that, the book was a lovely easy read. It made for a nice fast read for those days when you just don't want to think too much about life. It was lovely to read about Botswana — so many books are USA or UK based, and it's refreshing to read about another culture.
I might give the second in the series a go another time and see if I enjoy that more. Maybe I judged them too fast!