Book Club 2020 Read 1: The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.

Megan from @pixieskiesblog and I started a book club in September and if you want to read my review of the first read then check it out here, however we decided that we would restart it in January as our 2020 book club. Today I’m going to be reviewing the first book club read of 2020 and telling you all of my thoughts on the book. If you want to see what books we’re reading each month then follow both of us on Twitter as you will get more updates on it there.

Blurb:

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- the finest- female private detective.

Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she’s got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger.

Genre: Crime Fiction

Setting: Botswana

Rating: 8.5/10

This is a book which I have seen sat on my mothers reading shelf since I was a child, and I was always so drawn to the covers since they’re so bright and covered in wild animals, but I have never really got round to it until mum let me ratch through a box of books she was taking to a charity shop and i found this. I added it straight to my TBR list (you will see that on my 10 Books I Want To Read In 2020 post) and asked Megan if she wanted to start off 2020 book club with it? She agreed and it went onto the top of the Book Club list!

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is a book following Precious Ramotswe who is the First Lady detective in Botswana, this book shows the journey of her early life, the death of her father, her fathers life, the history of Botswana, starting up her business, her personal life and how she solves cases. The books feels so wholesome and real that you fall in love with the characters and the lives that they’re living. I can really appreciate the intelligence that goes into the cases Mma Ramotswe solves and the way the cases unfolds, which makes it an enjoyable read and a real page turner. I also learnt a lot about African and Botswana culture which was really interesting to me and it highlighted real life issues in that country. Something I really enjoy about this book is how well rounded the story arc is, the way the book follows multiple stories and also concludes them all at the end of it.

I started this book on the 3rd January and finished it off on the 7th January, and I think this might attest to how much I enjoyed it. This book is one which is so well written that it shocks you to know that a Middle Aged white man wrote it from the perspective of an African women, that is the sign that this is a good book. It flicks between the past and the present, and it talks about Precious’ past and present which I enjoy. There are many philosophical concepts and lines within the story which makes you feel the emotions the character does. If you’re considering reading this book I would definitely recommend, it was a much easier read than the first book we did for book club 2019 (as seen in my Book Club Read 1 post) so its a nice book to start the year off. I always find that when I fly through a book I am much more motivated to keep the reading momentum going.

That is my review of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, have you guys read it? What do you think of my review? Does it inspire you to want to read it? Let me know everything down below!

Thank you so much for reading today and I hope to see you around these parts again soon! If you’re enjoying my content then do leave me a comment, like and follow so I can get all of your feedback. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too which will is down below!

Alex xxx

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