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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith - Bogormen
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
Title: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Genre: Cultural
Rating: 8/10
# pages: 236
Date read: June, 2008


Summary: It's the detective as folk hero, solving crimes through an innate, self-possessed wisdom that, combined with an understanding of human nature, invariably penetrates into the heart of a puzzle. If Miss Marple were fat and jolly and lived in Botswana--and decided to go against any conventional notion of what an unmarried woman should do, spending the money she got from selling her late father's cattle to set up a Ladies' Detective Agency--then you have an idea of how Precious sets herself up as her country's first female detective. Once the clients start showing up on her doorstep, Precious enjoys a pleasingly successful series of cases.

Review: After a slow start, it fortunately quickly picked up and ended up a very enjoyable read. It's not a page turner by any means, but like the Mitford series (although very different in genre otherwise) it's a cozy and comfortable read that doesn't require too much of the reader. The perfect summer-read, it would have been just right for the beach or pool-side.

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jbkohl From: jbkohl Date: June 3rd, 2008 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)

excellent

Thanks for this book recommendation! I'm always on the lookout for a good cozy mystery and Miss Marple is one of my faves! I'll be glad to give The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency a look!
bogormen From: bogormen Date: June 3rd, 2008 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: excellent

You're welcome. Hope you like it.
From: noelani_sitara Date: July 1st, 2008 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this review - I have the audio versions (and haven't listened to them yet) and was thinking about buying the paperback editions as well. It's just that I wasn't able to properly dig in to the book, but I see that I may need to plunge right in. Thanks!
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