|Plot Summary of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency|
|"Precious Ramotswe experiences a disastrous marriage to a musician; the couple have a child which dies shortly after being born, and she returns to the village where she was born. Her father dies of a disease caused by his work in the South African diamond mines, and he leaves his daughter a valuable herd of cattle. Precious uses the proceeds from the sale of the herd to set up a detective agency. Although things are hard at first, she proceeds to serve a number of cases, including the disappearance of a small boy. Although the book deals with the work of detection, it has none of the hallmarks of a conventional thriller, being rather a character study of a person who simply happens to be a detective."
Stephen Coombs, Resident Scholar
|"Miss Ramotswe takes her inheritance from her father and opens up The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency in Botswana. With the help from her friends, a mechanic, a secretarty, and other eccentric townspeople, Mma Ramotswe investigates the disappearance of a husband, the mystery of a doctor who only knows what he's doing half the time, and the kidnapping of a young boy. She has ingenious mystery solving skills, including tricking a man into revealing he is not the father of the young woman he's moved in with, to the uncovering of forged medical documents in the case of a man suing his employer for disability. But the secondary focus of the novel, the history of Botswana and it's people, can not be understated."
Rebecca Reissman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Life of a profession:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- African Black
- private investigator
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- quite fatty
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- almost none
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
Kind of Africa:
- Black Africa
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- fancy mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- actual description of hetero sex
- rape/molest (yeech!)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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