Directed by Anthony Minghella. With Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, Nikki Amuka-Bird. A Botswanan woman starts up the country's first. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith set in Botswana and featuring the character Mma Precious Ramotswe. The series is named for the first novel, published in Eighteen novels have been published in the series between and Author‎: ‎Alexander McCall Smith. With Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, Desmond Dube. A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana.


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Bricknell produced the series, with Curtis, Moore and Bob and Harvey Weinstein acting as executive producers.

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Minghella and Pollack also receive this credit, despite both passing away before the full series entered production. Oyelowo plays cheating husband Kremlin Busang. Oyelowo, Kani and Amuka Bird all receive star billing in the feature-length pilot but did not continue as series regulars.

British actor Paterson No 1 ladies detective agency joined the cast in a recurring role as Cephas Buthulezi, a rival detective. South African actor Vusi Kunene has a recurring role as Dr.

Musonda Trevor Selwyn Mwamba the Bishop of Botswana makes a cameo appearance as himself in the series' third episode. Casting[ edit ] Casting the roles of Mma Makutsi and Mr.


JLB Matekoni was completed early in the project. She solves a case for herself, when she thinks she must seek a divorce from her first husband, but learns differently when she seeks out his mother.

Her personal life has a main sorrow, that her only child lived just a few days, as the child's father beat her during the no 1 ladies detective agency, a story told in retrospect.

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This led her to decide never to marry again no 1 ladies detective agency he left her. Her joy is her engagement and eventual marriage to Mr J. Matekoni, who has taken on foster care of a sister and brother from the orphan farm.

The cases are set in the cities of Botswana, mainly on the edge of the Kalahari desert, rather than in the desert. There are occasional forays into neighbouring nations.

After her first few cases, she purchases a book by Clovis Andersen on detection, The Principles of Private Detection, no 1 ladies detective agency then quotes from it throughout the novels when a guide is needed for deciding next steps.

Publication history[ edit ] The readership was at first small, then gained abruptly in popularity in the US and in England, beyond the author's home in Scotland.

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No 1 ladies detective agency initial books were published in Scotland. Per Kirkus Reviews, the early novels in this series had their American publication later than in the UK, which published the first inthe second inand the third, Morality for Beautiful Girls, in The first three novels appeared in in the USA.


In their review of the first novel in the series, Kirkus Reviews notes that "The first American publication of this debut has been preceded by two special Booker citations and two sequels, Tears of the Giraffe and No 1 ladies detective agency for Beautiful Girlsboth forthcoming in the series.

No 1 ladies detective agency books went from underground hits to national phenomena in the United States, spawning fan clubs and inspiring celebratory reviews. In reviewing the fifth novel in the series, Marcel Berlins describes the pathway of the growing audience, requiring one to understand that although Scotland and England are part of the same nation, the residents are not reading the same books at the same time.


He notes in his review of The Full Cupboard of Life that it is the fifth in a series, no 1 ladies detective agency the first to be readily available in England, via the success of the series in America.

The Scots have had better luck: Each novel in the series follows on from the previous one as to setting and plot. McCall Smith's writing style in this series is "deceptively simple" as he "writes in a clear, uncomplicated prose, yet his work is nonetheless insightful and perceptive.

His humour is dry, charming and kind-hearted, revealing an author who is keenly observant without a trace of maliciousness. He mentions that McCall Smith's novels have brought attention to a successful African nation that is not otherwise well-known. He no 1 ladies detective agency this and the prior novels to be "witty, elegant, gentle, compassionate and exotic.

Despite its proximity to Scotland, awareness and availability of the novels in England came after their popularity in the US. Characters in the series[ edit ] Main[ edit ] Mma Precious Ramotswe, the first female private investigator in Botswana.

Mma Grace Makutsi, the agency's only employee, first as secretary, then as assistant detective, and then associate detective, then partner in business.