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Alexander McCall Smith
[1948 - ]
The Following Are United Kingdom Released Novels
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (1998)
This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's
widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the
story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious
Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems
in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small
storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband,
uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that
tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing
eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.
Precious Ramotswe is the eminently sensible and
cunning proprietor of the only ladies' detective agency in Botswana.
In Tears of the Giraffe she tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an
unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared
into the plains many years ago. In the midst of resolving
uncertainties, pondering her impending marriage to a good, kind man,
Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, and the promotion of her talented secretary (a
graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, with a mark of 97 per
cent), she also finds her family suddenly and unexpectedly increased
Tears of the Giraffe (2000)
In Morality for Beautiful Girls, Precious
Ramotswe, founder and owner of the only detective agency for the
concerns of both ladies and others, investigates the alleged poisoning
of the brother of an important "Government Man," and the moral
character of the four finalists of the Miss Beauty and Integrity
Contest, the winner of which will almost certainly be a contestant for
the title of Miss Botswana. Yet her business is having money problems,
and when other difficulties arise at her fiance's Tlokweng Road Speedy
Motors, she discovers the reliable Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is more
complicated then he seems.
Morality for Beautiful Girls (2001)
Mma Precious Ramotswe is content. Her business
is well established with many satisfied customers, and in her
mid-thirties ("the finest age to be") she has a house, two adopted
children, a fine fiancé. But, as always, there are troubles. Mr. J.L.B.
Matekoni has not set the date for their marriage. Her able assistant,
Mma Makutsi, wants a husband. And worse, a rival detective agency has
opened in town--an agency that does not have the gentle approach to
business that Mma Ramotswe's does. But, of course, Precious will
manage these things, as she always does, with her uncanny insight and
her good heart.
The Kalahari Typing School for Men (2002)
Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni are still
engaged, but with no immediate plans to get married. Mma Ramotswe
wonders when a wedding date will be named, but she is anxious to avoid
putting pressure on her fiancé. For indeed he has other things on his
mind--particularly a frightening request (involving a parachute jump)
made by Mma Potokwani, the persuasive matron of the orphan farm. Mma
Ramotswe herself has weighty matters on her mind, including a case in
which a wealthy woman wonders whether her suitors are interested in
her or just her money. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi--plucky assistant
detective and deputy manager of the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors
garage--is moving. Her entrepreneurial venture, the Kalahari Typing
School for Men, is thriving and with this new income she has rented
two rooms in a house.
The Full Cupboard of Life (2003)
In the background of all this is Botswana, a country of empty spaces
and echoing skies, a country so beautiful and entrancing that it
breaks your heart. Mma Ramotswe has prepared the bush tea and is
waiting for us to join her.
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Box Set
The first three books in Alexander McCall Smith's
beloved bestselling series, featuring Mma Precious Ramotswe, the
traditionally built, eminently sensible, cunning proprietor of the
only ladies' detective agency in Botswana, are now available in a
beautifully designed boxed set.
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (2005)
In this latest, widely praised addition to the
beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the charming and
ever-resourceful Precious Ramotswe finds herself faced with new
challenges--and intriguing surprises.
Precious is busier than usual at the detective agency when she
discovers an intruder in her house on Zebra Drive--and perhaps even
more baffling--a pumpkin on her porch. Her associate, Mma Makutsi,
also has a full plate. She's taken up dance lessons, only to be
partnered with a man with two left feet. And at Tlokweng Road Speedy
Motors, where Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is already overburdened with work,
one of his apprentices has run off with a wealthy older woman. But
what finally rattles Mma Ramotswe’s normally unshakable composure is a
visitor who forces her to confront a difficult secret from her past.
Blue Shoes and Happiness
In this latest installment in the internationally best-selling,
universally beloved series, there is considerable excitement at The
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. A cobra has been found in Precious
Ramotswe’s office. Then a nurse from a local medical clinic reveals
that faulty blood–pressure readings are being recorded there. And
Botswana has a new advice columnist, Aunty Emang, whose advice is
rather curt for Mma Ramotswe’s taste.
All this means a lot of work for our heroine and her inestimable
assistant, Grace Makutsi, and they are, of course, up to the
challenge. But there’s trouble brewing in Mma Makutsi’s own life. When
Phuti Radiphuti misses their customary dinner date, she begins to
wonder if he is having second thoughts about their engagement. And
while Mma Makutsi may be able to buy that fashionably narrow (and
uncomfortable) pair of blue shoes, it may not buy her the happiness
that Mma Ramotswe promises her she’ll find in the simpler things—in
contentment with the world and enough tea to smooth over the
occasional bumps in the road.
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
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.
First Mr. J.L.B. Mate-koni 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? Then she has a
minor falling-out with her assistant, Mma Makutsi, who decides to
leave the agency, taking the 97 percent she received on her typing
final from the Botswana Secretarial College with her.
Along the way, Mma Ramotswe is asked to investigate a couple of tricky
cases. Will she be able to explain an unexpected series of deaths at
the hospital in Mochudi? And what about the missing office supplies at
a local printing company? These are the types of questions that she is
uniquely well suited to answer.
In the end, whatever happens, Mma Ramotswe knows she can count on Mr.
J.L.B. Matekoni, who stands for all that is solid and true in a
shifting world. And there is always her love for Botswana, a country
of which she is justifiably proud.
The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom (2002)
At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances (2003)
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs (2003)
Portuguese Irregular Verbs (2003)
The Sunday Philosophy Club (2004)
Introducing Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of
Applied Ethics and occasional sleuth, who is often accused of getting
involved in problems that are, quite frankly, none of her business.
In this first installment, she is attending a concert in the Usher
Hall when she witnesses a man fall from the upper balcony. Isabel
can't help wondering whether it was the result of mischance or
mischief. Against the best advice of her no-nonsense housekeeper
Grace, her bassoon playing friend Jamie, and even her romantically
challenged neice Cat, she is morally bound to solve this case.
Complete with wonderful Edinburgh atmosphere and characters straight
out of a Robert Burns poem, The Sunday Philosophy Club is a delightful
treat from one of our most beloved authors.
In this delightful second installment in Alexander
McCall Smith’s best-selling new detective series, the irrepressibly
curious Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, gets
caught up in an affair of the heart—this one a transplant.
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (2005)
When Isabel’s niece, Cat, asks Isabel to run her delicatessen while
she attends a wedding in Italy, Isabel meets a man with a most
interesting problem. He recently had a heart transplant and is
suddenly plagued with memories of events that never happened to him.
The situation appeals to Isabel as a philosophical question: Is the
heart truly the seat of the soul? And it piques her insatiable
curiosity: Could the memories be connected with the donor’s demise? Of
course, Grace—Isabel’s no-nonsense housekeeper—and Isabel’s friend
Jamie think it is none of Isabel’s business. Meanwhile, Cat brings
home an Italian lothario, who, in accordance with all that Isabel
knows about Italian lotharios, shouldn’t be trusted . . . but,
goodness, he is charming.
The Right Attitude to Rain (Coming soon)
44 Scotland Street (2005)
Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of
Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who
has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a
keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an
eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her
appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mother’s desire for him
to learn the saxophone and italian–all at the tender age of five.
Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an
encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the
ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh
society, which was first
Espresso Tales (2005)
Back are all our favorite denizens of a Georgian
townhouse in Edinburgh. Bertie the immensely talented six year old is
now enrolled in kindergarten, and much to his dismay, has been clad in
pink overalls for his first day of class. Bruce has lost his job as a
surveyor, and between admiring glances in the mirror, is contemplating
becoming a wine merchant. Pat is embarking on a new life at Edinburgh
University and perhaps on a new relationship, courtesy of Domenica, her
witty and worldly-wise neighbor. McCall Smith has much in store for them
as the brief spell of glorious summer sunshine gives way to fall a
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