Book Review – The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

A lovely book that is easy to read in the way that Agatha Christie’s and Georges Simenon’s books are. The investigations are fun and engaging without the excessive periods of self-contemplation that characters endure in other books that are deemed intellectual or ‘deep’.

Precious Ramotswe is a straightforward character who likes to help people solve problems in their lives, which is what she does. She gets on with things and finds out the answers in a quick and smart way. She sets up the agency in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, and we get to experience the wonders of this country where the Kalahari Desert is always in their thoughts but is not really somewhere where the people want to go.

Precious tracks down a missing husband (unfortunately) in a crocodile, uncovers a con man, works out why a doctor is so inconsistent in his work, and follows the daughter of a wealthy man (where for once she is out-thought)…and then there is Mr JLB Maketoni…but you will have to read the book yourself to find out what happens there.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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