The Great Cake Mystery : Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case (Paperback)

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Years before the No. 1 Ladies'' Detective Agency was established, a young Precious Ramotswe thought she might like to be a detective. When a piece of cake goes missing, a young boy is tagged by his classmates as the culprit. Precious Ramotswe, however, is unconvinced and sets out to discover the truth.


Publisher Random House Childrens Books
Mfg Part# 9780307743893
SKU 221030036
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307743896
Release Date 4/3/2012
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.5H x 5.25L x 0.25T
Author Info
Alexander McCall Smith
Alexander McCall Smith was in his 50s by the time he appeared on the bestseller lists with his No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. The series revolves around Mma Ramotswe, the amply proportioned owner of the titular agency, who comes to the aid of her neighbors in Botswana with a blend of warmth, wisdom, and insight that has endeared her to readers all over the world. McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe (then called Rhodesia), where his father was working as a public prosecutor. As a teen, he moved back to his family's native Scotland, and he later studied law at the University of Edinburgh. McCall Smith enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a law professor and expert in bioethics. Among his accomplishments was helping to found the law school at the University of Botswana. He got the idea for Mma Ramotswe during a visit with a Botswana woman who raised chickens. "She was running spectacularly around her backyard chasing [a]chicken," he recalled to one journalist. "She caught the chicken and wrung its neck with very little ceremony and handed it over to us, and I thought: 'What a woman.' I thought about what sort of life she had had. I just had an impression of a character." THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY was published by a small imprint in Scotland in 1998, and in 2002 Random House began distributing his work in the U.S. There are now several novels featuring Mma Ramotswe, and in 2009 a television adaptation aired on HBO. McCall Smith is also the author of other popular series, including one featuring the philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie, one featuring the residents of an Edinburgh boarding house, and another featuring the bumbling Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology. Additionally, he has written several legal texts and children's books. He and his wife, a retired physician, live in Scotland.
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Annotation Precious Ramotswe, the heroine of Alexander McCall Smith's bestselling adult series, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, got her start when she was a little girl pondering the disappearance of some sweets. With a sharp, perceptive mind, Precious has an inborn detective skill that can not be suppressed. When a plump classmate is blamed for stealing a tray of delicacies, including cake, iced buns, and bread with jam, Precious thinks he's telling the truth and sets out to discover who the real thief is. This is the beginning of the bright Botswana girl's journey into the arts of detection.
Editors Note Before becoming the first female private investigator in Botswana, eight-year-old Precious Ramotswe tracks down a thief who has been stealing her classmates' snacks.
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 07
Number of Pages 0096
Publisher Anchor Books

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