Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
Precious Ramotswe, traditionally built owner of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, feels that her tiny white van, which has carried her about her business with such steadfastness and reliability should be replaced by a more modern vehicle, what with the suspension on one side (hers) being in such a bad way. Precious's usually loyal husband, the wonderful Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, takes a different view. Alongside day-to-day matters - such as Mma Makutsi's dowry negotiations - there are more difficult problems for Mma Ramotswe to solve. A client, who was adopted, asks her to trace her biological family. But will Mma Ramotswe's searches bring happiness or something rather different, something rather frightening?
'The books possess a beguiling simplicity that is hard to convey without making them seem fey, when in fact they are direct, vivid and down-to-earth ... what he achieves in his No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels is the depiction in the lives of his main characters of a benign system of morality - derived by Mma Ramotswe from the old-fashioned ways of doing things' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Nothing spoils [McCall Smith's] vision of Botswana as a place where decent people triumph over mischief-makers' SUNDAY TIMES
Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.