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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 was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.
Precious Ramotswe continues to give aid and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in the ninth in this popular series. Smith lives in Scotland. Nine-city author tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Lisette Lecat is the ideal reader for Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. A native of South Africa (which borders Botswana and shares Setswana language roots), Lecat's perfect accents and delightful characterizations are charming and entirely believable. Smith's detective plots are always secondary to the common sense and often witty psychological and philosophical discussions and internal musings that constitute the better part of the book, but Lecat manages to keep listeners engaged and focused throughout, and to feel comfortable in the Botswanan landscape. Teaching law at Botswana University, Smith obviously developed great admiration and love for the nation and its people, and it is this that makes his detective ladies so popular. Lecat's reading will delight both veteran and new fans of the series. Simultaneous release with the Pantheon hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 25). (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Irresistible -- there will indeed be miracles." --The New York Times Book Review "Charming, warmly affecting. . . . As comfy cozy as can be." --The Philadelphia Inquirer "A fitting part of the tiny miracle the entire series has been." --The Star-Telegram "The pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas." --Entertainment Weekly Praise for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series "Alexander McCall Smith's big-hearted Botswanan stories [allow] his readers to escape into a world of simple, picturesque pleasures and upstanding virtues." --The New York Times Book Review "The best, most charming, honest, hilarious, and life-affirming books to appear in years." --The Plain Dealer "Utterly enchanting... It is impossible to come away from an Alexander McCall Smith 'mystery novel' without a smile on the lips and warm fuzzies in the heart." --Chicago Sun-Times "As pleasing as a cup of red bush tea." --Entertainment Weekly "Beguiling, lyrical... Blessed with McCall Smith's richly detailed portraits of life in Africa and his flair for storytelling with an engaging cast of fully realized characters." --Los Angeles Times Book Review "Delightful... Millions of readers around the world seem to hunger for the kindness, dignity, and humor McCall Smith celebrates in Mma Ramotswe." --The Oregonian