* The ninth book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series; Little, Brown are publishing in hardback
THE NINTH BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES
The one with the poison pen letter . . .
For the first time in her career as Botswana's no. 1 lady detective, Mma Ramotswe suffers a blow to her faith in the goodness of humanity (and of her neighbours in particular) when she receives a threatening letter. But she does not let this swerve her from the sad plight of an orphan who hopes to find her true family.
Meanwhile, at Zebra Drive, Mma Ramotswe's beloved husband Mr J. L. B. Matekoni is also searching for an expensive miracle for their own foster daughter Motholeli.
The books possess a beguiling simplicity that is hard to convey without making them seem fey, when in fact they are direct, vivid and down-to-earth ... what he achieves in his No.1 Ladies - Detective Agency novels is the depiction in the lives of his main characters of a benign system of morality - derived by Mma Ramotswe from the old-fashioned ways of doing things
DAILY TELEGRAPH - Nothing spoils [McCall Smith s] vision of Botswana as a place where decent people triumph over mischief-makers
SUNDAY TIMES - ** 'The writing is as fluent and gracious as ever, and charmingly conveys the practical wisdom of much of African life
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - ** 'Written with the gentleness of its predecessors and with a charm that is quite exceptional in modern detective fiction
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over one hundred books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. He is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie novels and the world's longest-running serial novel, 44 Scotland Street. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. Alexander McCall Smith is Professor Emeritus of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and holds honorary doctorates from thirteen universities.