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“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith

images-1.jpegI like reading fiction (stories not based on fact or real events) and some of my favorite books are mysteries. Mysteries are fiction stories where a crime–usually murder (killing)–is committed and a detective, such as a police officer or a private detective, finds out who committed the crime. That’s why a mystery novel (fiction book) is sometimes called a “Who done it?” – Who has done this crime?

I recently read a book called, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency written by Alexander McCall Smith. The setting (location) of this book is Africa, in the country of Botswana. (The author was born in Botswana and now lives in Scotland.)

The main character in this novel is a woman named Precious Ramotswe who opens a detective agency (business). She is a smart woman who understands human nature, or the way people naturally think and act. This book, and the other six books in the series with the same characters, are about the cases she solves and also about her life and the lives of the people around her. The simple mysteries are, in many ways, not the center of the novels; her insights (deep understandings) into people and the events of people around her take precedence (priority; are most important). These books are simply-written and are charming (attractive; delightful).

There are many types of mysteries stories. Hard-boiled detective stories have tough men who carry guns and solve crimes with brains, but also with brawn (physical strength). In contrast, a cozy mystery has little violence and usually focuses on a small community of people, often in a village or small town. If you are familiar with the classic mystery writer Agatha Christie, then you know what a cozy is. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (and the other books in this series) are cozies.

If you like mysteries and are looking for books that are not too difficult to read in English, check this out.

~ Lucy

6 Responses to ““The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith”

  1. Oleg Says:

    Sounds interesting! ;)
    I’ll try to find this book in our bookstore )
    I also like fiction. Couple of days ago I read two books, “The Da Vinci Code” and “I’m Legend”. Now I’m reading “Double Cross” by James Patterson.

  2. emiliano Says:

    I like these books also, very much indeed, and I’ll look for Alexander McCall’s books as soon as possible.
    I may recomend you also the books of Dona Leon with inspector Brunetti and his family as main character of her books. All of them take place in Venice, where is livin Dona Leon, and I think they are very good novels about people who live in that city. I didn’t read them in English so I don’t know if it is easy English or not.
    And talking about good mysteries books, my favorits are Henning Mankel’s books with inspector Wallander as main character. All his books are placed in Sweden as he is a Swedish writter well known here in Europe, and all of them are really quite good, for me the best.
    If you read some of them it should be appropiate to read them in order, as the life of the characters (Wallander, family, and fellows) are quite important.

  3. ESLPodcast Google Group Says:

    Undoubtedly, fiction books are very interesting. One of the most interesting book I read was Digital Fortress wrote by Dan Brown, the same writer of The Da Vinci Code.

  4. Maria Says:

    I read a book from these series called “Tears of the Giraffe” and I can really recommend it.

  5. Sara Says:

    thanks Lucy for your recommendation !

  6. Jalali Says:

    Thanks lucy it was good i learn 2 new words for another meaning.I like fiction story but about science.