No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Publisher: Vintage Canada
Precious Ramotswe is beset by problems, from a strange intruder in her house on Zebra Drive to the baffling appearance of a pumpkin, in the sixth novel of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series that has captivated readers around the world. Both entertaining and moving, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies is another masterpiece of comic understatement from Alexander McCall Smith – a gentle and enigmatic mystery, and a love letter to Botswana and its people.


Chapter One
Honesty, Tea, and Things in the Kitchen

Mma Ramotswe was sitting alone in her favourite café, on the edge of the shopping centre at the Gaborone end of the Tlokweng Road. It was a Saturday, the day that she preferred above all others, a day on which one might do as much or as little as one...
Read More


1. In the opening scene, Mma Ramotswe watches as a driver sideswipes a parked car and drives away without taking responsibility and as a woman at a market steals a bracelet from a merchant when his back is turned. Mma Ramotswe jumps up from the café and tries to alert the merchant to the robbery, but her waitress...

Read More



“A satisfying, endearing tale of the mysteries of life.” The Detroit Free Press

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series is a literary confection of such gossamer deliciousness that one feels it can only be good for one. Fortunately, since texts aren’t cakes, there is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these six books.” The New York Times Book Review

“Enchanting…. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies may be the most compelling of the lot…. Mma Ramotswe, after all, has never been a detective whose cases brought her into great danger. (Even Nancy Drew found herself in more suspenseful situations.) Her strength – and the source of her enormous appeal – is her understanding of the human heart, and her willingness to confront its perfidies.” New York Daily News