Title: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Genre: modern fiction, detective
Comments: Easy to read and deceptively simple, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency presents a different side to Africa than is usually portrayed in news stories and charitable appeals. After a disastrous marriage, the death of her only child and the passing of her beloved father, Mma Ramotswe uses her inheritance to set up Botswana's one and only female private detective agency. As she uses her wits and intuition to track down missing husbands and wayward children, and to challenge conmen, Mma Ramotswe shows us the beauty and positives of her homeland - as well as the darkness that still lurks below the surface.