The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

A series of books about life in modern Botswana.

20 Volumes published to date (2019):

  1. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  2. 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. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
  11. The Double Comfort Safari Club
  12. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
  13. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
  14. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
  15. The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café
  16. The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
  17. Precious and Grace
  18. The House of Unexpected Sisters
  19. The Colours of All the Cattle
  20. To the Land of Long Lost Friends

I say...

I can't read these fast enough when a new one is published. I'm told by a number of people that have lived in Botswana, these stories accurately convey the feeling of day-to-day life in the country. I look forward to visiting! While waiting, I'll continue to read every one of the new books added to the series.

Also watch the HBO series of the same name. Production ended long ago but still a great watch.