The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a series of mystery novels by Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith. The series is set in Botswana and the main protagonist is Mma Precious Ramotswe. The series covers a lot of issues, including women in traditional and non-traditional occupations, rural life, religion, depression and AIDS. It has been adapted into a radio series and a TV series.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency began in 1998 with a novel of the same name. The series contains over a dozen novels, with a new novel coming out most years. Below is a list of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books in order of when they were originally published (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Books


The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tears of the Giraffe(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mortality for Beautiful Girls(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Kalahari Typing School for Men(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Full Cupboard of Life(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue Shoes and Happiness(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Miracle at Speedy Motors(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Double Comfort Safari Club(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Collections


The Cleverness of Ladies(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Precious Ramotswe Children’s Books


Precious and the Monkeys(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Great Cake Mystery(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Precious Ramotswe Children’s Books

The Great Cake Mystery is the first book in the Precious Ramotswe series, chronologically.

Notes: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies was also published as The Night-Time Dancer. The Great Cake Mystery, a novella for younger readers, was also published as Precious and the Puggies (translated into Scots) and Precious and the Monkeys in English.

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