The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by Alexander McCall Smith | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1400034779 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lesezeichen of Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 5/27/2004
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14 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by lesezeichen from Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, May 27, 2004
"Wayward daughters. Missing husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one elese can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective"

Simply delightful.

This copy of the No1 LDA is the resurrection of a bookring initiated by Bilbi that has sadly disappeared. Here's the link:
Bilbi's bookring
and here is the list of the participants for this round:
Chaparal (Belgique)
Zenita (danemark, international)
kanapoutz (France)
eirinn (France)
roryg (finland europe)
Candyfloss (UK, international)
wareagle78 (USA, international)
whitepine (USA, international)
hengameh (Iran, international)
terpsicore (Portugal), international)

Happy reading!

Journal Entry 2 by lesezeichen from Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, June 11, 2004
11.06.: I've sent out the book to Chaparal today

Journal Entry 3 by CHAPARAL from Pepinster, Liège / Luik Belgium on Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Livre reçu dans ma BP lundi 14.06.2004.
Lecture déjà entamée... prévoir 1 à 2 semaines maximum avant de le faire suivre au Bcer suivant sur la liste.
Commentaires avec un futur Journal Entry après lecture.
Merci à lesezeichen pour l'envoir du bouquin.
A bientôt.

Journal Entry 4 by CHAPARAL from Pepinster, Liège / Luik Belgium on Monday, July 19, 2004
I found back here with pleasure dhe detective Mma Ramotswe solving several cases and files submitted to her by the customers in Gaborone. I had already
appreciated the 2nd bok this serie "Tears of the giraffe" and I will certainly try to read books nr. 3 and 4, i.e. "Morality for beautiful girls" and "The Kalahari typing school for men". Easy to read and nice humor.
Book will soon be sent to the next one on the list (I will PM).

Journal Entry 5 by CHAPARAL from Pepinster, Liège / Luik Belgium on Monday, July 26, 2004
Book has left here on 23/07/2004 to the next Bcer on the list i.e.
Zenita.
Whish good receipt of the book and happy reading !

Bye for now - :-)

Journal Entry 6 by Zenita from København K - City, København Amt Denmark on Thursday, July 29, 2004
Got it in the post on Monday, but I'm not on the internet at home at the moment so I had to waith until today to journal it at work.

Have already read a cuple of pages eavan if I'm not finnished with my currant book and can't waith to read more :)

Journal Entry 7 by Zenita from København K - City, København Amt Denmark on Sunday, August 15, 2004
I finnish this book last weekend and really enjoide it. I'm looking forward to the the next book in this series.

Posting it to kanapoutz on monday.

Journal Entry 8 by KanaPoutz from Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Received today! Thanks Zenita!
Will read it very soon.

Journal Entry 9 by KanaPoutz from Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Really enjoyed it! Exotic and funny, and Mma Ramotswe is such a great character!
Thanks Lesezeichen for resurrecting this ring!
Waiting for Eirinn's adress to send it on.

Journal Entry 10 by KanaPoutz from Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Monday, August 30, 2004
No answer from Eirinn, and from the look of her bookshelf, she's not been active at all here on BC...
So I'm sending the book to RoryG, it's going today.

Journal Entry 11 by RoryG from Palmdale, California USA on Monday, September 06, 2004
Got it! Can't wait to get to it. I have another bookring before this, but I'll be getting to this one pretty soon.

Journal Entry 12 by RoryG from Palmdale, California USA on Wednesday, September 22, 2004
I think the book was ok, but I was expecting something more. I thought it would be more a detective story and it was more about the life of Mma Ramotswe. It wasn't like I coudn't put it down. It was entertaining, but it doesn't make me feel excited about the next part of the series. So, I probably don't read the next one.

I'll send the book on it's way as soon as I get the next person's address.

Since Candyfloss hasn't answered my pm's I'm sending this straight to WarEagle78 (ed. 10.10.04)

Journal Entry 13 by WarEagle78 from Hoover, Alabama USA on Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Hooray! I've wanted to read this book for quite some time. Thanks, RoryG for sending it on. I'll journal again when I've done reading.

Journal Entry 14 by WarEagle78 from Hoover, Alabama USA on Saturday, October 30, 2004
A lovely lyrical book about a woman from Botswana who loves her country and her life, and who supports herself through her detective agency. A charming glimpse into a country about which I know very little.

Thanks to all who helped get the book to me!

Will send on to whitepine on my next post office trip.

Journal Entry 15 by WarEagle78 from Hoover, Alabama USA on Tuesday, November 02, 2004
In mail today to whitepine.

Journal Entry 16 by WhitePine from Coventry, Connecticut USA on Thursday, November 11, 2004
Just received this book in the mail . I am currently reading another "CAtch" but this book is next.

Journal Entry 17 by WhitePine from Coventry, Connecticut USA on Friday, December 03, 2004
I enjoyed this book as I love most independent personality main characters. I would purchase more books written by this author

Journal Entry 18 by WhitePine from Coventry, Connecticut USA on Friday, December 10, 2004
I enjoyed this book and will read more by this author . The book is on it's way to portugal.

Journal Entry 19 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Received today.It comes at a good time because I just finished another bookring.

Journal Entry 20 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Monday, December 27, 2004
That was quite entertaining and the main character is quite endearing.Plus having Mozambican origins I always like to read about southern Africa.I don't think I will buy this author's books but I will certainly read him of one of his books falls into my hands.
Thanks for sharing,Bilbi!

Journal Entry 21 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, January 28, 2005
Mailed to lesezeichen today.

Journal Entry 22 by lesezeichen from Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, February 08, 2005
The book has made its way home. Thanks everybody for your journal entries and for moving the book around so fast. It was really a pleasure! 'See' you!

Journal Entry 23 by lesezeichen from Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, May 10, 2005
My little book is getting itchy feet and will start travelling again. At the moment we have:
- e-marmotte (Paris, France)
- katcolorado (Zürich, Switzerland)
- nice-cup-of-tea (Zürich, Switzerland)
- allbookedup (Vienna, Austria)
- rohrspatz (Duisburg, Germany)
- j-sama (Rietschen, Germany)
...

Edit 14.05.: Sent to e-marmotte today. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 24 by winge-marmottewing from Montauban, Midi-Pyrénées France on Thursday, May 19, 2005
Lucky me who is being treated with a second round of this bookring (actually, a third round) just by asking for it on the French Forum!
Vielen Dank, lesezeichen! more news later :o)
Et un bonjour tout spécialement à Terpsicore ;o)

Journal Entry 25 by winge-marmottewing from Montauban, Midi-Pyrénées France on Tuesday, August 02, 2005
This proved to be an entertaining and educative reading, although I must say I might have expected more... Now, am I ready to go on with the adventures of Mma Ramotse ? Why not, but not before a few weeks, when I am eventually done with all my ongoing rings and self TBR pile !

O/T: I happened to read your JEs on an other serie by Alexander McCall Smith (starring another female hero, Isabelle Dalhousie) and even though I am not ready to follow her adventures as yet, I must say I had great fun reading your exchanges about the book !

Thanks for sharing lesezeichen ! :o*

(The N°1 Ladies' Dectective Agency is on its way to KatColorado).

Journal Entry 26 by KatColorado from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Saturday, August 06, 2005
This bookring arrived in Zürich today. I'm looking forward to reading it...

Thx for organising the bookring lesezeichen and for sending it to me e-marmotte.

Journal Entry 27 by KatColorado from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, August 08, 2005
Precious Ramotswe is very different from all the private detectives I've ever read about. Maybe too different. I liked the insight in the African way of thinking. One time Mma Ramotswe mentions what she will do once she has enough money to retire: She will sit on the porch and drink tea with her friends, every day. She can't understand why white people are always in a rush.

While I like the image of doing nothing at all I don't think I would be satisfied very long with it.

I will pass this book on to nice-cup-of-tea as soon as I see her.

Journal Entry 28 by KatColorado at on Thursday, August 18, 2005

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I will pass the book to nice-cup-of-tea tonight... finally...

Journal Entry 29 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, August 19, 2005
Passed on to me by KatColorado at last night's bookclub. Thanks!

Journal Entry 30 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Sunday, August 21, 2005
This was a lovely book and an engaging read. I loved the honesty and humour of Precious Ramotswe, and her knowledge of people! Plus, any heroine who drinks that much tea, is ok by me!

posted to Allbookedup Aug 22 B Post

Favourite quote (p.32):
" 'We are the ones who first ploughed the eart when Modise (God) made it', ran an old Setswana poem. 'We were the ones who made the food. We are the ones who look after the men when they are little boys, when they are young men, and when they are old and about to die. We are always there. But we are just women, and nobody sees us.' "

Journal Entry 31 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Thursday, August 25, 2005
I received the book today! Thanks, nice-cup-of-tea!
(And thanks for the bag of tea and mini chocolate!)
I am looking forward to reading the book.

Journal Entry 32 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Monday, September 05, 2005
I read the book during my holiday in sunny Greece and it was a perfect beach-book! Short chapters and a happy end.

I really like the main character, Mma Ramotswe, and I am definitely going to read the following books.
The book is going to travel to Rohrspatz in Germany as soon as I get the address.

Journal Entry 33 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Tuesday, September 06, 2005
off to rohrspatz tomorrow! enjoy!

Journal Entry 34 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Tuesday, December 27, 2005
I am writing to keep you guys updated.
After sending the book off to Rohrspatz in September, I never heard from the book again... So I sent a PM to Rohrspatz and asked her if she got the book at all.
Rohrspatz confirmed by PM that she received the book in the mail in September 2005, but somehow she had forgotten to journal it.
Now I wanted to remind her again, but I found a post in the german forum that she is moving so all her books are in boxes ready to move to her new place.
I posted in her forum thread to please make a journal entry as soon as possible after she completed her move.
I just wanted to let the bookring-originator know that the book was not lost in the mail or something.

Journal Entry 35 by Rohrspatz from Duisburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, January 02, 2006
As allbookedup already said the book arrived here safely. I read the first two chapters but didn't get on then. As I'm moving and having several Bookrings in my house I'm going to send this on of to J-Sama without finishing.

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To J-Sama in Czech Republic. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 37 by J-sama from Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Saturday, January 07, 2006
I went to the bookstore today and saw the book in the shelf. I wanted to buy it and then I thought Hey wait a moment that is the book that is supposed to be comming via mail.
So after I got home, I went to the reception of the students hostel where I'm currently staying, looked at the book where the incomming mail is written in and found out that the book had already arrived two days ago. Well thanks for sending and organizing the bookring. I will read it as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 38 by J-sama from Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Sunday, February 12, 2006
I enjoyed the book during my five hour trainride from Brno back home. Well, it only kept me occupied for about two. After turning the last page the thought "What, already finished?!" crossed my mind. I enjoyed reading how Mma Ramotswe solved case after case
an I think I'll read other books of the series when I come across them.
The only thing is, that you need to know something about african history in order to understand some of the conflicts. And a glossary with the explanation of some african terms would have been nice.

I'll send it back to lesezeichen on Monday since dospecados was not found in the database

Journal Entry 39 by lesezeichen from Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, February 17, 2006
Wow, this book will always be special for me after its 2 succesful trips and with the many countries it has visited! Thank you all so much for participating and thanks as well for the "Lesezeichen" (bookmarks) and the tea I have received along with the book!

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