Abacus paperback, 233 p.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series - Book 1
(Book #35 for 2007, Summer Mystery Challenge - Book 5)
Wayward daughters. Missing husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you’ve got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s only – and finest – female private detective.This wasn’t on my list of possible choices for the challenge but a friend lent it to me recently so I read it as my 5th book for the Summer Mystery Challenge. So many people seem to love it, I think I’ll be rather in the minority by saying that I didn’t really care for it. I found the writing and storylines really simplistic and it just never grabbed me. Rather than one main mystery, it was a lot of simple, little cases that Mma Ramotswe solves, all of which were rather predictable. I’m just getting into reading mysteries but I think I prefer a stronger plot, suspense, and characters that I want to know more about. Based on this one I don’t know if I’d bother with any more in the series, but my friend also lent me the 2nd one so I’ll try it and see if Precious and the others grow on me. Otherwise I might be interested in trying one of the Edinburgh-based series to see if a different setting and characters prove more appealing to me. Any recommendations?
My Rating: 2.5/5