Sunday, July 15, 2007
The Nº 1 Ladies Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
I had heard so much about this book that I just couldn’t resist joining a bookring when the opportunity presented itself. One of things that had me curious was the fact that due to it’s title I thought it was a mystery and being set in Africa, Botswana, it seemed original.
Well it was a mystery but not the kind I was expecting. The book is about Precious… a woman who decides to set up a detective agency after a failed marriage and the death of her father. It’s true people go to her with mysteries to solve but they are solved more by common sense and naiveté than true investigation. I was expecting something different…
One interesting side of the book is how African customs and traditions are well on display, the descriptions are very vivid and you can almost see what the author is describing. Not sure about the accuracy of it all but it makes an entertaining read. The book is divided in many small chapters – most of them are almost one chapter/one mystery – making for a very fast read.