Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is a British writer and Emeritus Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He is internationally known for his widely read series 'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency'. Born in what is now Zimbabwe, McCall Smith has played a significant role in British and African literature. His works are celebrated for their wit, humanity, and insightful depiction of life in both the UK and Botswana.


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  1. 1. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    The book follows the story of Precious Ramotswe, a woman in Botswana who opens the country's first and only female-run detective agency. She uses wisdom, intuition, and her understanding of human nature to solve various cases, from missing husbands to wayward daughters and con men. The story is not just about solving mysteries, but also provides a deep insight into the culture, landscape and people of Botswana.