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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith Created by Elyse Rhodes. Chapter 1 ~ “The Daddy”. Protagonist ~ Mma Ramotswe or Precious Ramotswe Owns detective agency which she bought with money she inherited from her father

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chapter 1 the daddy
Chapter 1 ~ “The Daddy”
  • Protagonist ~ Mma Ramotswe or Precious Ramotswe
  • Owns detective agency which she bought with money she inherited from her father
  • 1st client the reader is introduced to is a woman named Happy Bapetsi who is trying to find out if the man claiming to be her father is truly her father
  • Mma Ramotswe solves the case of “the daddy”
chapter 2 all those years ago
Chapter 2 ~ “All Those Years Ago”
  • Obed Ramotswe born in 1930
  • Worked in a mine for 15 years and witnessed the murder of another miner
  • Died of black lung ~ “died because he had been a miner and could no longer breathe.”
  • His wife was run over and killed by a train, leaving Obed to raise their only child, Precious, by himself
chapter 3 lessons about boys and goats
Chapter 3 ~ “Lessons About Boys and Goats”
  • Obed’s female cousin helps raise Precious
  • Precious begins school at age 6
  • Precious attends Sunday School, taught by Mma Mothibi, where she is harassed by a 9 year old boy named Josiah
  • When Precious is 11, Obed’s cousin remarries and leaves Obed and Precious
  • Precious wins first prize in an art contest sponsored by The Museum in Gaborone and does not want to accept the prize because the museum thinks she drew a picture of cows when she really drew a picture of goats
chapter 4 living with the cousin and the cousin s husband
Chapter 4 ~ “Living with the Cousin and the Cousin’s Husband”
  • Precious leaves school and her job at the Upright Small General Dealer at age 16
  • Precious goes to live with Obed’s cousin and her husband and works as a bookkeeper for the cousin’s husband’s bus company where she discovers someone has stole 2,000 pula
  • Precious solves the mystery of the missing money and is inspired to be a detective
  • Precious meets Note Mokoti on a bus, they date and they marry
  • Precious becomes pregnant and Note Mokoti leaves her after he severely beats her
  • Precious returns to her father’s house and the baby dies 5 days after it is born
chapter 5 what you need to open a detective agency
Chapter 5 ~ “What You Need to Open a Detective Agency”
  • Mma Ramotswe inherits a large sum of money when her father dies
  • She purchases a house on Zebra Drive and a building to house her new business: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
  • She hires Mma Makutsi from the Botswana College of Secretarial and Office Skills to be her new secretary
  • Mma Malatsi hires Mma Ramotswe to find her missing husband
  • The case of the missing husband is solved
chapter 6 boy
Chapter 6 ~ “Boy”
  • 11 years old, small for his age (looks like he is about 9)
  • When he was barely 4 he fell out of a tree and was taken to the hospital and was said to have no injuries
  • He is kidnapped one night by poachers
chapter 7 mma makutsi deals with the mail
Chapter 7 ~ “Mma Makutsi Deals with the Mail”
  • Mma Makutsi reads Mma Ramotswe a letter from Ernest Molai Pakotati.
  • The letter asks Mma Ramotswe to help find a missing boy, Thobiso.
  • Mma Ramotswe cannot stop thinking about the missing boy and his family.
chapter 8 a conversation with mr j l b matekoni
Chapter 8 ~ “A Conversation with Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni
  • Mma Ramotswe talks to her best friend, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni (proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors).
  • They discuss business, finances, and the missing boy.
  • Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni believes that the boy was taken by a witchdoctor and killed.
  • Later that night, Mma Ramotswe thinks someone is outside her house.
chapter 9 the boyfriend
Chapter 9 ~ “The Boyfriend”
  • Mr. Patel, a wealthy Indian businessman, hires Mma Ramotswe to find out whether or not his 16 year old daughter, Nandira, has a boyfriend.
  • Nandira confronts Mma Ramotswe and convinces her that she made-up a boyfriend to get her father to give her more freedom.
  • Mma Ramotswe tells Mr. Patel that Nandira does not have a boyfriend and to give her more freedom to live her life.
  • Mma Ramotswe sees Nandira a year later with her boyfriend, Jack.
chapter 10 mma ramotswe thinks about the land while driving her tiny white van to francistown
Chapter 10 ~ “Mma Ramotswe Thinks About the Land While Driving Her Tiny White Van to Francistown”
  • Mma Ramotswe is driving her little white van to Francistown from Gaberone.
  • She describes the landscape of Botswana, the animals she sees, and the Kalahari desert.
chapter 11 big car guilt
Chapter 11 ~ “Big Car Guilt”
  • Mma Pekwane hires Mma Ramotswe to see if her husbands Mercedes is stolen because she wants to give the car back to its’ rightful owner.
  • Mma Ramotswe “steals” the car and returns it to the insurance company.
chapter 12 mma ramotswe s house in zebra drive
Chapter 12 ~ “Mma Ramotswe’s House in Zebra Drive”
  • Mma Ramotswe describes her house on Zebra Drive.
  • Built in 1968
  • Corner lot
  • 2/3 of an acre of land
  • Thorn trees and purple bougainvilleas
  • A verandah on the front of the house
  • Living room with a big window that looks out to the yard and a fireplace
  • Cheerful kitchen with a red floor
  • She has a gardener and a maid
chapter 13 why don t you marry me
Chapter 13 ~ “Why Don’t You Marry Me?”
  • Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni discuss the mistakes they have made in their lives.
  • Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni asks Mma Ramotswe to marry him.
  • Mma Ramotswe says she will not re-marry because she is happy with her life the way it is.
chapter 14 handsome man
Chapter 14 ~ “Handsome Man”
  • Alice Busang hires Mma Ramotswe to see if her husband, Kremlin, is having an affair.
  • Mma Ramotswe tracks Kremlin to a local bar and he tells her he is NOT married and hits on her.
  • Mma Ramotswe takes a picture of Kremlin kissing her to prove to Alice that he is cheating on her.
  • When presented with the evidence, Alice accuses Mma Ramotswe of having an affair with her husband.
chapter 15 mr j l b matekoni s discovery
Chapter 15 ~ “Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni’s Discovery”
  • Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni tows a car out of a ditch and begins to repair it at his shop.
  • In the glove compartment he discovers a small bag that contains: human bones, a piece of flesh and a vial of medicine.
  • The car belonged to an influential local businessman ~ Charlie Gotso.
chapter 16 the cutting of fingers and snakes
Chapter 16 ~ “The Cutting of Fingers and Snakes”
  • Hector Lepodise hires Mma Ramotswe to solve the case of “the missing finger”.
  • Solomon Moretsi is suing Hector for 4,000 pula because he claims that he lost his index finger while working in Hector’s factory.
  • Mma Ramotswe goes to confront Moretsi and his lawyer, Jameson Mopotswane, about the fraudulent lawsuit and she runs over a cobra while driving her little white van.
chapter 17 the third metacarpal
Chapter 17 ~ “The Third Metacarpal”
  • Mma Ramotswe takes the bones (muti) to Dr. Gulubane to determine whether or not they are human remains.
  • He tells her that they are from a child of about 8-9 years old and that they are newly amputated.
  • Mma Ramotswe comes up with a plan to get Charlie Gotso to tell her about the medicine man.
chapter 18 a lot of lies
Chapter 18 ~ “A Lot of Lies”
  • Mma Ramotswe asks Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni to tell Charlie Gotso that his car was broken into.
  • J.L.B. tells Mr. Gotso that the car windshield was smashed in and he needs to come down and see if anything is missing from the car.
  • Charlie Gotso’s associate says there is something missing from the glove-compartment.
  • J.L.B. tells him that he knows a detective that can help recover the missing property.
chapter 19 mr charlie gotso ba
Chapter 19 ~ “Mr. Charlie Gotso, BA”
  • Mma Ramotswe goes to see Charlie Gotso.
  • She gives him back the bag of muti (bones, flesh, and medicine).
  • She tells Charlie Gotso that she needs to meet with a medicine man.
  • In exchange for the name and address of the medicine man, Mma Ramotswe agrees to give Charlie Gotso information about his business competitors.
chapter 20 medical matters
Chapter 20 ~ “Medical Matters”
  • Dr. Maketsi hires Mma Ramotswe to investigate Dr. Komoti.
  • Dr. Maketsi thinks that Dr. Komoti is on drugs because of his inconsistent job performance ~ some days he is a great doctor while other days he nearly kills his patients.
  • Mma Ramotswe discovers that Dr. Komoti is a twin and he is switching places with his twin brother so that he can work at the hospital and run his own clinic in Mafikeng.
chapter 21 the witch doctor s wife
Chapter 21 ~ “The Witch Doctor’s Wife”
  • Mma Ramotswe goes to the witch doctor’s house.
  • She meets the witch doctor’s wife.
  • The wife takes her to a cattle post in the middle of the Kalahari desert.
  • Mma Ramotswe finds Thobiso ~ ALIVE.
  • Thobiso is reunited with his family.
chapter 22 mr j l b matekoni
Chapter 22 ~ “Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni”
  • Mma Ramotswe asks Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni to fix her little white van.
  • J.L.B. goes over to her house to look at the van.
  • J.L.B. proposes to Mma Ramotswe again and this time she says YES!
further reading from alexander mccall smith the no 1 ladies detective agency series
Further Reading from Alexander McCall Smith ~ The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency #1
  • Tears of the Giraffe #2
  • Morality for Beautiful Girls #3
  • The Kalahari Typing School for Men #4
  • The Full Cupboard of Life #5
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies #6
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness #7
  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive #8
  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors #9