The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

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Three times Author of the Year, Alexander McCall Smith’s first novel, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency sold over 1 million copies. He is one of the most borrowed authors in the UK libraries and to celebrate the 20th anniversary we are offering reading group sets to ten reading groups.

About the book

Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you’ve got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s only – and finest – female private detective.

Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she’s got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger . . .

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