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McCall Smith, Alexander 1948-

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

199 editions published between 1998 and 2019 in 15 languages and held by 6,745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives". Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors
Friends, lovers, chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

64 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 4,799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking on the running of her niece's deli while Cat is attending a wedding in Italy, Isabel Dalhousie encounters a recent heart transplant patient who is troubled by memories of events that never happened to him
Tears of the giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

128 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 4,763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mma "Precious" Ramotswe is now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the kind owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. This new development provokes a hostile reaction from his unscrupulous maid, who begins plotting the disintegration of the engagement. Despite all this, duty calls, and Mma Ramotswe is asked to help find an American woman's son, who has been missing in Africa for 10 years
The full cupboard of life by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

71 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 4,497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Worrying about her upcoming marriage, Precious Ramotswe is confronted by the challenges of running her No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and an investigation into the would-be suitors of a wealthy woman to determine if any are fortune hunters
Tea time for the traditionally built by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

67 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 4,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Precious Ramotswe uses her formidable detection talents to track down her tiny white van--sold by her estimable husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and stolen from its new owner--while simultaneously helping to explain the dreadful losing streak of a local football team and smoothing out a snag in Mma Makutsi's engagement to Mr Phuti Radiphut
The miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

62 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 4,343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights. And life is no less complicated at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni--Mma Ramotswe's estimable husband--has fallen under the sway of a doctor who has promised a miracle cure for his daughter's medical condition
In the company of cheerful ladies by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

69 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 4,282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handling a busy case load at The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and contending with an intruder in her home, Mma Ramotswe has plenty on her mind. So when her unfortunate past returns to haunt her, she is happy her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, is distracted as well. It seems one of his apprentices at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors has raced off with an older, wealthy woman
Morality for beautiful girls by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

84 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 4,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Morality for Beautiful Girls, Precious Ramotswe, founder and owner of the only detective agency for the concerns of both ladies and others, investigates the alleged poisoning of the brother of an important "Government Man," and the moral character of the four finalists of the Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest, the winner of which will almost certainly be a contestant for the title of Miss Botswana. Yet her business is having money problems, and when other difficulties arise at her fiance's Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, she discovers the reliable Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is more complicated than he seems. -- back cover
The good husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

72 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 4,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Things go badly awry for Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni when he sets out to do something special for their adopted daughter, Motholeli, and it is up to his wife, Mma Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, to extricate him from his problems
Blue shoes and happiness by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

64 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 4,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is considerable excitement at The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. A cobra has been found in Precious Ramotswe's office. Then a nurse from a local clinic reveals that faulty blood-pressure readings are being recorded. And Botswana has a new advice columnist, Aunty Emang, whose advice is rather curt for Mma Ramotswe's taste. All this means a lot of work for our heroine and her assistant, Grace Makutsi. But there's trouble brewing in Mma Makutsi's own life. When Phuti Radiphuti misses their customary dinner date, she begins to wonder if he is having second thoughts about their engagement. And while Mma Makutsi may be able to buy that fashionably narrow (and uncomfortable) pair of blue shoes, it may not buy her the happiness that Mma Ramotswe promises her she'll find in the simpler things--in contentment with the world and enough tea to smooth over the occasional bumps in the road.--From publisher description
The Saturday big tent wedding party by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

47 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hoping to reclaim a van that was featured in a possible prophetic dream, Precious and Grace find themselves helping an apprentice of Phuti Radiphuti, investigating a cattle poisoning, and considering Grace's possible marriage to Phuti
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

55 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 3,654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In contemporary Btswana, sleuth Precious Ramotswe decides to go against tradition and start her own business--a detective agency. Soon she is in the thick of several perplexing cases
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

58 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Precious Ramotswe is back and, as usual, her plate is full! She's called in to tackle a mysterious disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter's school ... Her infinitely trustworthy assistant, Grace Makutsi, is having trouble adjusting to wedded bliss, a problem to test even the formidable talents of Mma Ramotswe ... And the estimable Clovis Andersen, author of The Principles of Private Investigation--the No. 1 Ladies' prized manual--has arrived, right there, in Botswana, on a case of his own. Bush tea anyone?"--
The right attitude to rain by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

59 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 3,464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When friends from Dallas arrive in Edinburgh and introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce - a bigwig at home in Texas - several confounding situations unfurl at once. Tom's young fiancee's roving eye leads Isabel to believe that money may be the root of her love for Tom. But what, Isabel wonders, is the root of the interest Tom begins to show for Isabel herself? And she can't forget about her niece, Cat, who's busy falling for a man whom Isabel suspects of being an incorrigible mama's boy
The careful use of compliments by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

48 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 3,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to being the nosiest and most sypathetic philosopher you are likely to meet, Isabel is now a mother. Charlies, her newborn son, presents her with a myriad wonders of a new life, and doting father Jamie presents her with an intriguing proposal: marriage. In the midst of all this, she receives a disturbing letter announcing that she has been ousted as editor of the Review of Applied Ethics by the ambitious Professor Dove. None of these things, however, in any way diminshes Isabel's curiosity. And when she attends an art auction, she finds an irresistible puzzle: two paintings attributed to a now-deceased artist appear on the market at the same time, and both of them exhibit some unusual characteristics. Are these paintings forgeries? This proves to be sufficient fodder for Isabel's inquisitiveness. So she begins an investigation ... and soon finds herself diverging from her philosophical musings about fatherhood onto a path that leads her into the mysteries of the art world and the soul of an artist
Corduroy mansions by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

40 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico neighborhood and the home turf of a captivating collection of quirky and altogether McCall-Smithian characters. There's the middle-aged wine merchant William, who's trying to convince his reluctant twenty-four-year-old son, Eddie, to leave the nest; and Marcia, the boutique caterer who has her sights set on William. There's also the (justifiably) much-loathed Member of Parliament Oedipus Snark; his mother, Berthea, who's writing his biography and hating every minute of it; and his long-suffering girlfriend, Barbara, a literary agent who would like to be his wife (but, then, she'd like to be almost anyone's wife). There's the vitamin evangelist, the psychoanalyst, the art student with a puzzling boyfriend and Freddie de la Hay, the Pimlico terrier who insists on wearing a seat belt and is almost certainly the only avowed vegetarian canine in London
La's orchestra saves the world by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

39 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 3,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is 1939. Lavender--La to her friends--decides to flee London, not only to avoid German bombs but also to escape the memories of her shattered marriage. Settling in as small town, she organizes an amateur orchestra from the village and the local RAF base and falls in love with one of her prized recruits
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith( Book )

45 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the latest book in the beloved best-selling series of mysteries set in Botswana, Mma Ramotswe is asked to help the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, who is having trouble with her business. The salon has suffered some unfortunate events, including face cream that burns the skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business? Meanwhile, on the home front, Mma Makutsi is going to have a baby. But in Botswana--a land where family has always been held above all else but which is on the crossroads between old and new--this may be cause for as much controversy as celebration"--
Confessions of a serial novelist : a talk by the author by Alexander McCall Smith( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander McCall Smith talks about his life as an author
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Home Box Office (Firm)( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

After her father dies, Mma Ramotswe sells his cows and opens an agency, because she "wants to do good." So, the "traditionally built woman" leases the old Gabarone post office, hires hyper-efficient secretary Grace Makutsi, and gets down to business
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
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Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith britischer Schriftsteller und Jurist

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Алегзандър Маккол Смит

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Макколл Смит, Александер, 1948-

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אלכסנדר מקול 1948-

אלכסנדר מק'קול סמית

אלכסנדר מק'קול סמית סופר בריטי

מק׳קול סמית, אלכסנדר 1948-

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סמית, אלכסנדר מקקול 1948-

ألكسندر سميث كاتب بريطاني

ألكسندر مكول سميث، 1948-

الکساندر مک کل اسمیت

سميث، ألكسندر مكول، 1948-

ماك كول سميث، ألكسندر، 1948

매컬 스미스, 알렉산더 1948-

매콜 스미스, 알렉산더 1948-

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マコール・スミス, アレグザンダー

マッコール=スミス, R. A


Friends, lovers, chocolateTears of the giraffeThe full cupboard of lifeTea time for the traditionally builtThe miracle at Speedy MotorsIn the company of cheerful ladiesMorality for beautiful girlsThe good husband of Zebra Drive