The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by Alexander McCall Smith | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 034911675x Global Overview for this book
Registered by bookowl1000 of Foshan, Guangdong China on 9/6/2009
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Sunday, September 06, 2009
"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 - and 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. Maketoni, 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 . . . Delightfully different, THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY offers a captivating glimpse of an unusual world." www.fantasticfiction.co.uk

Journal Entry 2 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I love this series. As I have such easy access to cheap second hand books I very rarely buy books new. These are the exception. My local bookshop calls me when the latest paperbook comes in and then I rush off to get it. Most of the time the book is finished within a day, I have also been known to finish it before getting home, having stopped in a coffee shop to get started right away.

They are quick and easy reads as they are written in a very simple style. To me Precious Ramotswe is a very charming, intelligent and likable character. She solves mysteries rather than crimes, doing so by observing the world around her and listening to what people say. They are books that leave me with a warm feeling (without being overly sentimental or slushy which I hate).

I have decided to share these books as a book spiral as I consider it a shame that such a delightful series just sits on my shelf unread by others.

1. The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency
2. Tears of the Giraffe
3. Morality for Beautiful Girls
4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men
5. The Full Cupboard of Life
6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
7. Blue Shoes and Happiness
8. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
9. The Miracle at Speedy Motors
10. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
11. The Double Comfort Safari Club
12. The Saturday Big Tent Party
13. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
14. The minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

They are all paperbacks of the same size: 12.5cm x 19.5cm x 1.5cm, 231g

Click on the links to keep track of where each book is.

Journal Entry 3 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I list my bookrings at The Bookring Directory!

This book spiral is in the process of being organised and is open to new members.

1. When you recieve the book please make a journal entry to let everyone know that it has arrived safely.

2. Read the book as quick as you can (4-6 weeks). Please put it ahead of any other books, except other bookrings/rays that arrived first. A person who holds up a book may be left out for the remaining books.

3. Please make a journal entry to let everyone know what you thought of the book.

4. When you are nearing the end of the book, pm the next person on the list for their address. Do not send the book unless he/she has passed on the previous book. Ideally, no one person should be in possession of more than one book at a time.

5. Make a journal entry when you have posted the book to show that it is travelling.

6. You may need to contact the person before you in the list for the next book to ask them to send it to you.

Participants so far: The order may change as new members join.

So far it is looking like this:

nediamnori87 UK(Itnl)starting with book 2

YellowBow - Portugal (Europe)
Jonniboi - UK (UK)
back to me to ship to US
wamstreet NO LONGER PARTICIPATING
sunfi US (Itnl)- book back to me

BOOK HAS ARRIVED HOME SAFELY, THANKYOU.

27 May 2011: New ring soon to start (still open):

wal-89 UK (UK/EUR)
Appelsiini Finland (Itnl) - BOOK HERE
lunatum Finland (Itnl)
back to me bookowl1000 in China

NMReader US (US only) to join starting at Full Cupboard of Life


Journal Entry 4 by bookowl1000 at bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, September 14, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (9/14/2009 UTC) at bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Posted today to YellowBox to get the ring started.

I hope that you enjoy the series as much as I do. The next person is in the US, so when finished you can post the book back to me to post in if you do not wnat to post there.

ENJOY!

Journal Entry 5 by YellowBow from Fleet, Hampshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Dear bookowl1000,
has arrived during last week, but I don't know why, I completely forgot to JE it. I'm relly sorry for my lapse. Haven't started it yet but I'll soon.
Thanks for sharing :)

Journal Entry 6 by YellowBow from Fleet, Hampshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 31, 2009
I was quite curious about these books.
But at first I got a bit disapointed because the agency took care of mundane cases but then I became fond of Mma Precious Ramotswe, her life history, her way of thinking and most of all her posture in life :)
End up enjoing very much. I sorry it took me more then the 4weeks.
Thanks, bookowl1000, for sharing :)

30/10/2009 Going to Jonniboi. Hope you like it :)

Journal Entry 7 by Jonniboi from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, November 08, 2009
I received this, got a few book rings/rays to read infronmt of this one, but I'm getting through them all so don't worry, may exceed 4 weeks but I may just be able to do it!

Journal Entry 8 by Jonniboi from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 09, 2009
I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to keep this for a while longer, I'm nearly finished, it's just that I've been sooooooo busy with College work lately that my time devoted to reading has gone down, I'm really sorry!

Journal Entry 9 by Jonniboi from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
It was really good, and at times I couldn't not read!!!! It was intense and it gripped you in a way that you wouldn't have expected, I am looking forward to reading the sequel!Thanks for this bookspiral!

Journal Entry 10 by Jonniboi at Chepstow, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, December 31, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (12/31/2009 UTC) at Chepstow, Wales United Kingdom

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sent back to bookowl1000!

Journal Entry 11 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Book arrived safely today.

Thanks for the card about www.BookMooch.com, I had never heard of it, so checked it out straight away. I have already recieved a request for a book that I registered (I had advertised it in the RABCK forum months ago, but no one was interested).

Have requested address from wamstreet to keep this book moving.

Journal Entry 12 by bookowl1000 at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Monday, January 18, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (1/19/2010 UTC) at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to wamstreet in the USA via air mail.

Journal Entry 13 by wamstreet from Port Orchard, Washington USA on Saturday, February 13, 2010
Just started reading. So far I am really enjoying it:) Thank you so much for making me part of this book
spiral. I have been wanting to read this series for a long time:)

Journal Entry 14 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Saturday, May 15, 2010
Sadly, wamstreet has passed away after an extended illness. A family member has contacted me due to a wish to pass on bookcrossing books. If the book is not found I will send out a replacement.

Journal Entry 15 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, May 22, 2010
This arrived in the mail today, I have a number of other rings ahead of this one but I'll get to it as soon as I can. I keep my profile updated on weekly basis so you can see how close this one is to the top. Thanks for sending this to me and including me in the ring.

Update:
9 Jul 10 - Just last night I finished the final bookring before this one, so I've finally started this book, sorry for the hold-up, I'll have it on its way as quickly as I can.
25 Jul 10 - Finished this one a couple days ago and started on the second in the series, I hope to have them on their way back home by the end of the month. Thanks for letting me keep these a little longer.

Journal Entry 16 by sunfi at Dayton, Ohio USA on Saturday, July 31, 2010

Released 8 yrs ago (7/30/2010 UTC) at Dayton, Ohio USA

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This one is finally on its way home, it should arrive in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for allowing it to visit with me.

Journal Entry 17 by bookowl1000 at Chepstow, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, August 07, 2010

The book has arrived home safely. I am glad everyone has been enjoying the series.

Journal Entry 18 by bookowl1000 at Chepstow, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, June 02, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (6/3/2011 UTC) at Chepstow, Wales United Kingdom

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Posted to wal-89

Thanks for joining the spiral. Take your time and enjoy the book. The next one is with me and will be ready to travel as soon as you need it. It will be a bit of a wait for the next books as they will be in the US for a few months.

Happy reading.

Journal Entry 19 by wal-89 at Congleton, Cheshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 08, 2011
This book was waiting for me when I returned from uni! Thanks for organising the book ring and sending this book out to me :) I have a couple of other bookrings in front of this one, but hope to read it soon as I have heard good things about the series :)

Journal Entry 20 by wal-89 at Congleton, Cheshire United Kingdom on Friday, July 15, 2011
I finished this book yesterday and wanted to read the next one straightaway, but unfortunately I have a few other bookrings ahead of that one. I found this really easy reading and I enjoyed the fact that each chapter felt a bit like a separate short story. Would definitely recommend to others and it didn't take me too long to read either. Thanks for sharing/organising this bookring!

Journal Entry 21 by wal-89 at a Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, July 18, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (7/20/2011 UTC) at a Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Will be sent to the next participant as soon as I can get to the post office :o)

Journal Entry 22 by Appelsiini at Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Received today, thanks wal-89 for sending! I'll start reading this one asap! :)

Journal Entry 23 by Appelsiini at Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, October 16, 2011
I have always liked that relaxed, African lifestyle and I really enjoyed little adventures of Mma Ramotswe. This book was so good, I want to start the next one straightaway. Thanks for sharing this one, bookowl1000! :)

Journal Entry 24 by Appelsiini at Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (11/9/2011 UTC) at Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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On it's way to Northern Finland! I hope you'll enjoy the book as much as I did!

Journal Entry 25 by lunatum at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Monday, November 14, 2011
Book arrived today with second book. I have two ring/ray books ahead of these.

Journal Entry 26 by lunatum at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Friday, December 02, 2011
This is first book written by AlexnderMcCall Smith I've read and I enjoyed reading it. It was nice to read about a culture which is so different than ours. Thank you for sharing this and other books with us!

If it's ok, I'll send this one with second book back to bookowl1000.

Journal Entry 27 by lunatum at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Monday, December 05, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (12/5/2011 UTC) at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland

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Today I sent the book back home.

Journal Entry 28 by bookowl1000 at Foshan, Guangdong China on Monday, January 02, 2012
The book has safely arrived back to me in its new home in China.

Many thanks for the Christmas card.

Journal Entry 29 by NIEC at Foshan, Guangdong China on Friday, February 10, 2012
This book is being lent to the school library.

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