The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

19 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 71 ratings

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Publisher's Summary

This remarkably fresh and charming best seller took the world by storm upon its publication. It has since earned two Booker Judges' Special Recommendations and was voted one of the "International Books of the Year and the Millennium" by the Times Literary Supplement.

Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

Chosen as a Top Ten Mystery by the Organization of Independent Booksellers, U.S.A., The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is that rare novel that imparts a sage wisdom while inspiring hearty laughter and lasting smiles.

©1998 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • O Beautiful Botswana...

    • By Tee on 2017-09-20

    Price: CDN$ 23.14

  • Book 2

    • Tears of the Giraffe

    • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • charming gentle humour. wise and refreshing.

    • By Mary on 2018-08-14

    Price: CDN$ 23.14

  • Book 3

    • Morality For Beautiful Girls

    • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious' hands are full. The four Miss Beauty and Integrity pageant finalists may have questionable moral fiber, and the brother of an important government worker has allegedly been poisoned. On top of all that, Precious' reliable fianci might be hiding something.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love the series, but

    • By Vanessa Henderson on 2019-02-20

    Price: CDN$ 20.18

  • Book 4

    • The Kalahari Typing School for Men

    • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Precious Ramotswe's comfortable existence as the only detective in Botswana is suddenly rattled when the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency opens, and its brochure proclaims, "Don't take any chances! Entrust your enquiries to a MAN!" As if the development isn't enough, Mma Ramotswe has also taken on two difficult cases, one of which hits close to home. But with wisdom on her side, Mma Ramotswe figures to crack both cases and upstage her competition.

    Price: CDN$ 23.14

  • Book 5

    • The Full Cupboard of Life

    • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues in this engaging book that won the first ever Saga Award for Wit, given to the wittiest British book of the year.

    Price: CDN$ 23.14

  • Book 6

    • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Price: CDN$ 21.57

  • Book 7

    • Blue Shoes and Happiness

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    From internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith comes the seventh novel in the phenomenally popular and endlessly charming series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Once again Botswana's only female detective, Mma Ramotswe, and her invaluable assistant, Mma Makutsi, puzzle out the mysteries of life while finding comfort in steaming mugs of bush tea.

    Price: CDN$ 27.77

  • Book 8

    • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In the life of Precious Ramotswe, a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build, there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number-one lady detective can?

    Price: CDN$ 27.77

  • Book 9

    • The Miracle at Speedy Motors

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights.

    Price: CDN$ 21.57

  • Book 10

    • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious Ramotswe fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

    Price: CDN$ 17.67

  • Book 11

    • The Double Comfort Safari Club

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally best-selling and award-winning series starring Botswana’s leading lady detective continues with this 11th charming tale. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travel to the Okavango Delta to visit a safari lodge beset by unexplained events. There they are awestruck by the breathtaking scenery, but also troubled by the region’s many difficulties—not the least of which is the occasional grumpy hippopotamus.

    Price: CDN$ 32.41

  • Book 12

    • The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

    • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    This 12th entry from Alexander McCall Smith’s New York Times best-selling series showcases the humanity and matchless wit that define Precious Ramotswe. While both Precious and Grace Makutsi are puzzled by prophetic dreams, life goes on at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Precious finds herself investigating a case of rural jealousy, while Grace inches closer to her wedding.

    Price: CDN$ 32.41

  • Book 13

    • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    Price: CDN$ 37.04

  • Book 14

    • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First, she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice.

    Price: CDN$ 29.44

  • Book 15

    • The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    In this delightful 15th installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can't quite meet all the demands of running a business - not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building.

    Price: CDN$ 32.41

  • Book 16

    • The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The promise of a week of uninterrupted peace is short-lived, however, when she meets a young boy named Samuel, a troublemaker who is himself in some trouble. Once she learns more about Samuel's sad story, Mma Ramotswe feels compelled to step in and help him find his way out of a bad situation.

    Price: CDN$ 32.41

  • Book 17

    • Precious and Grace

    • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 17
    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The codirector of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, as he is newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts.

    Price: CDN$ 32.41

  • Book 18

    • The House of Unexpected Sisters

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very slow storyline

    • By Jacqueline on 2018-03-14

    Price: CDN$ 32.92

  • Book 19

    • The Colors of All the Cattle

    • Written by: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the city council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. 

    Price: CDN$ 30.69