Thursday, October 21, 2010

Book Review

Title: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 1)
By: Alexander McCall Smith
Pages: 235

Book Description:
This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.

My thoughts:
This is another book in a series.... that I'm not sure if I'll ever get around to reading. Not that the book wasn't good, but because I'm not that committed. I get too bored reading the same thing for to long. (...and I just found out the book was turned into an HBO series that kind of looks good... does anyone know if it is still on? and anyplace you can watch HBO shows for free?!)

Anyway, Back to the book. It is set in Africa, so it took me a couple chapters to get used to the names and whatnot. A lot of them were very similar so I had to read carefully. Once I got used to it though, I was fine.

The book was basically about Mma Ramotswe and how she came to start her own detective agency. She sort of breaks the mold when it comes to detective work, being a woman and all... You follow a bunch of little cases through out the book, with one major one lurking in the background. I loved reading about how she came to the truth in each one and how bold she was with people sometimes. I liked "watching" her solve the story more than trying to figure things out myself. I guess I don't really qualify this a s a mystery book. Just a book about a lady in the mystery business :-)

As I've said before in other reviews. I liked it, but I didn't love it.

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  1. I love this book series. Do you plan on continuing with the series?

  2. not going to say I never will, but no intimidate plans ;-) there are to many other books on my "read me" list.

  3. I soooo had to read that book for a class in college. I remember not really liking it too much though... maybe because I had to read it!