Volumes 1-10; all "First Anchor Books Edition(s)" stated on title pages, August 2002-March 2010; softback editions; very good condition with unmarked, clean pages; very nice collection of the first ten volumes.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith set in Botswana and featuring the character Mma Precious Ramotswe. Mma Precious Ramotswe is the main character in this series. The country of Botswana is in a sense a character as well, as it figures prominently in the stories. Mma Ramotswe starts up her detective agency when she is 34 years old, using the inheritance from her father to move to the capital city, Gaborone, to buy a house for herself and an office for her new business. She feels a detective needs to know about people more than anything to solve problems for them.
The novels are as much about the adventures and foibles of different characters as they are about solving mysteries. Each book in the series follows from the previous book.The readership was at first small, then gained abruptly in popularity in the US and in England, beyond the author's home in Scotland. In 2004, sales in English exceeded five million, and the series has been translated to other languages.