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Alexander McCall Smith
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2 Feb 2012 Quick Reads 2012

There are times when ladies must use all their wisdom and good sense to face life's problems and mysteries. Mma Ramotswe, owner of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, keeps her wits about her as she looks into why the country's star goalkeeper isn't saving goals. Georgina turns her rudeness into a virtue when she opens a successful hotel. Italian shop-keeper Fabrizia shows her bravery when her husband betrays her. And in Suffolk during the Second World War, gentle La proves that music really can make a difference.

With his trademark gift for storytelling, international bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith brings us five tales of love, heartbreak, hope and the cleverness of ladies.



Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034900028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349000282
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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Book Description

Glorious short stories from Alexander McCall Smith as part of the Galaxy Quick Reads initiative.

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There are times when ladies must use all their wisdom and good sense to face life's problems and mysteries. Mma Ramotswe, owner of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, keeps her wits about her as she looks into why the country's star goalkeeper isn't saving goals. Georgina turns her rudeness into a virtue when she opens a successful hotel. Italian shop-keeper Fabrizia shows her bravery when her husband betrays her. And in Suffolk during the Second World War, gentle La proves that music really can make a difference.

With his trademark gift for storytelling, international bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith brings us five tales of love, heartbreak, hope and the cleverness of ladies.



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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stories 18 Feb 2012
By Mikhail
Format:Paperback
I liked all the stories in this book. First, a fascinating start for stories that turned out not to be only hilarious, but in a curious way, insightful and educative. It comes on the hills of The Usurper: and Other Stories, which is another story I enjoyed with similar settings.The prose is smooth flowing, and the plots come with suspense and surprises
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable stories 21 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
I bought this under the impression it was another No 1 Ladies Detective book, however, it is a collection of stories involving women from different countries. Apart from that it was fairly enjoyable for light reading, good for holidays though quite short, I read the whole book in an hour.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little read 4 Feb 2012
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A lovely little read! As always, from Alexander Mcall Smith
Beware though, 'sticker' on cover is actually part of print,,,, so not great to give as a gift!! lol
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining short stories 27 Oct 2012
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This little book is an entertaining collection of stories each of which can be read at a sitting. The title story features Precious Ramotswe - the proprietor of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency in Botswana - but the other stories in the collection feature other ladies. The last story in the collection is about La who also appears in the full length book La's Orchestra.

I enjoyed all the stories and they demonstrate the author's excellent understanding of human nature and the way people behave. If you haven't read any of Alexander McCall's work before then this might be a good place to start as it will give you a flavour of his writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars La's orchestra reprised 10 April 2012
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The last half of the book is a shortened version of 'La's Orchestra Saves the World which is a great book - I recommend you read the full version though. The other short stories I could take or leave.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars incredibly quick read 28 Feb 2012
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this contains 5 new stories including 1 from the ladies detective agency and one from La's Orchestra. they are short and in quite a large font so ideal for the reluctant reader or perhaps someone with failing sight! the stories are the usual AMC and at this price you can't really go wrong. Good for taking to a waiting room, perhaps ( and leaving it there!)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some better than others 15 Feb 2012
By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a collection of five short stories, including one involving the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. Most of the stories were okay, but I lost interest in the last story in the book. I would say that is typical of a short story collection. Some stories tend to be better than others and enjoyment of them can often be limited.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CLEVERNESS OF LADIES 2 Feb 2012
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book contains five short stories, the first featuring the wonderful Mma Ramotswe, followed by four more enchanting tales.
A pleasure to read.
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Love Number One Ladies Detective Agency books
Published 11 days ago by Lesley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Would rather have one short story book by Alexander McCall Smith than including short stories by other unknown nwriters.
Published 14 days ago by c stevens
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love this series
Published 1 month ago by graham lornie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a good read
Published 1 month ago by Gizmo addict
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was a bit disappointed but it was my own fault for not realising that this was a compilation not a full story
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth H Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars if you loved the t/v show no 1 ladies detective agency you'll love...
well set of book alexander mc write sow well about africa and botswana you can follow the great stories about the first lady detective
in botswana even if you live and have... Read more
Published 5 months ago by CARL STCLARKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Botswana at its best
If you have not read any of the Ladies detective agency books, don't start with this one. Start at the front "The No. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gavin
4.0 out of 5 stars I have to agree with the title!
Another story with a moral from an unlikely setting. As ever I enjoy the characters and the humour as well as the particular tale.
Published 9 months ago by anon 337
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
McCall smith never disappoints. The characters are consistent and as delightful as always. Sage advice from unpretentious ladies (maybe not Ma Makutse).
Published 10 months ago by Amanda Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars The Cleverness of Ladies
I was disappointed that this was a short story and very similar to another
longer novel by Alexander McCall Smith on the Women's Detective Agency. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Margaret Masterman
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