Many of our readers love reading entire collections of certain series, I happen to be going through Patrick O’Brian’s terrific sea tales at the moment, so we offer a convenient list for them. Today is on Alexander McCall Smith’s series – The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, as usual in order.
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (1998)
- Tears of the Giraffe (2000)
- Morality for Beautiful Girls (2001)
- The Kalahari Typing School for Men (2002)
- The Full Cupboard of Life (2004)
- In The Company of Cheerful Ladies (2004 – also known as The Night-Time Dancer)
- Blue Shoes and Happiness (2006)
- The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (2007)
- The Miracle at Speedy Motors (2008)
- Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (2009)
- The Double Comfort Safari Club (2010)
- The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (2011)
- The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (2012)
Here’s a clip from Sandy McCall Smith on the HBO Series, nice video for any fan of the Ladies Detective Agency series.
About Alexander McCall Smith – from LitLovers:
• Birth—August 24, 1948
• Where—Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
• Education—Christian Brothers College; Ph.D., University
• Honors—Commandre of the Order of the British Empire
(CBE); Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE
• Currently—lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Alexander (R.A.A.) “Sandy” McCall Smith, CBE, FRSE, is a Rhodesian-born Scottish writer and Emeritus Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. In the late 20th century, McCall Smith became a respected expert on medical law and bioethics and served on British and international committees concerned with these issues. He has since become internationally known as a writer of fiction. He is most widely known as the creator of the The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.
Alexander McCall Smith was born in Bulawayo, in what was then Southern Rhodesia and is now Zimbabwe. His father worked as a public prosecutor in what was then a British colony. He was educated at the Christian Brothers College before moving to Scotland to study law at the University of Edinburgh, where he received his Ph.D. in law.
He soon taught at Queen’s University Belfast, and while teaching there he entered a literary competition: one a children’s book and the other a novel for adults. He won in the children’s category, and published thirty books in the 1980s and 1990s. more…
Here’s one person’s view of the popular crime series, from Amy at Good Reads,
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books are like a breath of fresh air. Each one is so well written, so poignant and charming, so easy to read; that I’m always done before I know it. Even as I crack open each book, I am sad because I know that all too soon, the story will be over. I just cannot slow myself down, or stop myself from reading, and in a few hours it’s all over, and I’m left yearning for the next one.
Alexander McCall Smith is one of my favorite authors because he can say so much with very few words. I feel like I really know the characters in his books, like they are friends of mine that I can laugh with and share insights with.