Saturday, August 9, 2008

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

What do you do when the housekeeper's a slob, and you want to live in your own tidy house on Zebra Drive after marriage? These are the immediate obstacles Mma Ramotswe faces in Tears of the Giraffe, which I've just started reading. It's another sweet book by the very prolific Alexander McCall Smith. I'd like to sit down and read it while sipping some iced red tea on this scorching summer day. Tears of the Giraffe is the second in Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I may read the entire list!
  1. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (1998)
  2. Tears of the Giraffe (2000)
  3. Morality for Beautiful Girls (2001)
  4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men (2002)
  5. The Full Cupboard of Life (2003)
  6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (2004)
  7. Blue Shoes and Happiness (2006)
  8. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (2007)
  9. The Miracle at Speedy Motors (2008)
A TV series of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books debuted on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008; co-produced by the BBC and HBO and filmed on location in Botswana, it's the first major film or television production filmed there. The photo above, from Wikipedia, shows the leading actors (left to right) Anika Noni Rose as Mma Makutsi, Jill Scott as Mma Ramotswe, and Lucian Msamati as Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni.

6 comments:

  1. You'll like "Tears of the Giraffe." I love all the books in this series and also enjoy the "Sunday Philosophy Club" series of books by McCall Smith as well. (Thanks for the e-mail :)

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  2. Yes, I've read Tears of the Giraffe since this post, and also Morality for Beautiful Girls. I'm reading them in order--next is The Kalahari Typing School for Men. Is the Sunday Philosophy Club series really as good?
    Thanks so much for your comments, Christie, and visit again soon! :)

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  3. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading each book of this series. I don't know how I missed the TV show, though! I really thought it wasn't due until next year. I subscribe to the Alexander McCall Smith fan club and receive the mailings, but I missed the TV show debut somehow. Oh, well. Will try to catch it in a repeat. If you hear about it, let me know!

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  4. Keisha, I think you have to have HBO to see the series or live in the UK! Perhaps the show will be on DVD soon. Thanks so much for writing, Keisha. I'm enjoying these books so much!!

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  5. Thanks for dropping by! I'd love to see the tv series. I thought Mma Makutsi was a bigger woman. I'm gonna read the 3rd book in the series soon :)

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  6. In the books, Mma Ramotswe (especially) and Mma Makutsi are "traditionally built", but the actresses may be slimmer.
    Mee, you will enjoy the third book, Morality for Beautiful Girls. Thanks for stopping by. Please visit again!

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