The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith; published 1998 by Anchor Books
Genre: Mystery? Classic? Contemporary fiction? Amazing??
Opening line: “Mma Ramotswe had a detective agency in Africa, at the foot of Kgale Hill.”
What’s a word for “makes me smile,” or “restores my faith in humanity,” but also conveys “badass” and “forward-thinking”? Whatever that word is, it describes this book. Or, more accurately, it describes Precious Ramotswe, our endearing main character.
Precious Ramotswe was raised by her father, an honest coal miner, and her father’s cousin. Her father was particularly supportive of her dreams, leaving her money to open a business and telling her she didn’t have to get married if she didn’t want to. The cousin gave Precious an excellent education, fostering curiosity and awareness. Continue Reading