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

"Smart and sassy...Precious' progress is charted in passages that have the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once."
--Los Angeles Times

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  • About the Film

    Now an HBO original series from The Weinstein Company/New Africa Films. Special 2-hour premiere on March 29 at 8pm, followed by new episodes for the next six consecutivew Sundays. Starring Jill Scott (as Precious Ramotswe), Anika Noni Rose (as Grace Makutsi), Lucian Msamati (JLB Matekoni), Idris Elba, and John Kani. Directed by Anthony Minghella from a screenplay by Richard Curtis and Minghella. Produced by Minghella and Sidney Pollack.

    About the Book


    Meet Mma Ramotswe, the endearing, engaging, simply irresistible proprietress of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, the first and only detective agency in Botswana. With persistent observation, gentle intuition, and a keen desire to help people with the problems of their lives, she solves mysteries great and small for friends and strangers alike.

    Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, Precious Ramotswe 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.

    "Enthralling.... [Mma Ramotswe] is someone readers can't help but love." --USA Today

    "Characters...who are as familiar as neighbors and as welcome as the best of friends."
    --Chicago Tribune

    "The Miss Marple of Botswana."
    --The New York Times Book Review

    "One of the most entrancing literary treats of many a year.... A tapestry of extraordinary nuance and richness."
    --The Wall Street Journal

    About the Author

    Alexander 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.

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