Memory Lane Monday: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Welcome to Memory Lane Mondays!

This is a weekly feature of unforgettable books I have read in times past which have not had the chance to be reviewed on this blog as I read them a long time ago. Lets’ call them my personal classics. I will be featuring a new favorite every week and I hope you will be interested to read and enjoy some as I have.

This week’s pick is….


‘The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency’ by Alexander McCall Smith



This is another one of my favorites that I keep going back to every couple of years. Set in Botswana, Southern Africa, it is a laugh out loud funny, crime/mystery story that can be read in one sitting. The characters opened my eyes and mind to what it’s like to live in Botswana and have an understanding of the life and culture  in Botswana. It is always a delightful read and is the first book in a series of 20 books. I am yet to read all the books in the series but I am half way there. Maybe I should put reading all the books in this series on my bucket list this year and make sure I achieve it.

Have you read this book or any other book by the author? This one is highly recommended so do check it out.


Mma Ramotswe is the proud proprietor of the finest ladies detective agency in all Botswana (also the only one). When clients come along, whether it is to enquire after a missing spouse or establish the identity of a long-lost father, it is not The Principles of Private Detection that helps her to solve cases, but old-fashioned common sense and a warm-hearted understanding of human fallibility – especially that of men.

The Author:

Alexander McCall SmithAlexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Visit him online at, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Published: 1998 by Abacus

Pages: 233

Genre: Fiction (Mystery)

Purchase: Amazon

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