The Complete No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

Alexander McCall Smith's runaway best-selling No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels have now sold over 10million copies, but when the first book was published in 1998, they were not the instant success many believe. Edinburgh publishers Polygon (then part of EUP but now part of Birlinn) took on the Botswana-set novels from legal academic McCall Smith, little realising who big they would become.

The stories, featuring 'traditionally built' Mma. Precious Ramotswe, are as much about the people and landscape of Botswana, in southern Africa, as they are about the crimes themselves. Alexander McCall Smith continues to write for the popular series, including a children's novel set in Precious Ramotswe's school days called Precious and the Monkeys. This novel was first published in a Scots translation by James Robertson called Precious and the Puggies.

A film and TV series based on the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency was produced in 2009, staring Jill Scott as Mma. Ramotswe.

  1. The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - 1998
  2. Tears Of The Giraffe - 2000
  3. Morality for Beautiful Girls - 2001
  4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men - 2002
  5. The Full Cupboard of Life - 2003
  6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - 2004
  7. Blue Shoes and Happiness - 2006
  8. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - 2007
  9. The Miracle at Speedy Motors - 2008
  10. The Double Comfort Safari Club - 2010
  11. Precious and the Puggies - 2010
  12. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - 2011
  13. The Cleverness of Ladies - 2012
  14. The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection - 2012

1 - The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

2 - The Tears of the Giraffe

3 - Morality for Beautiful Girls

4 - The Kalahari Typing School for Men

5 - The Full Cupboard of Life

6 - In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

7 - Blue Shoes and Happiness

8 - The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

9 - The Miracle at Speedy Motors

10 - The Double Comfort Safari Club

11 - Precious and the Puggies / Precious and the Monkeys

12 - The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

13 - The Cleverness of Ladies

14 - The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection

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