daughters, missing husbands, philandering partners, curious
con men - If you've got a problem, and no one else can help
you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only
- and finest - female private detective, and her assistant,
Mma Makutsi. Her
methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly
Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition
on her side, not to mention Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, the charming
proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is
going to need them all as she sets out on a series of cases
that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations
and more than a little danger...
humorous and uplifting, Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular
novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's
only female private detective agency, have become international
best-sellers, sold over seven million copies, and been translated
into 26 languages. These acclaimed productions bring the exotic
world of the books vividly to life.
1 in this collection includes the episodes The Daddy
and The Bone.
The Daddy introduces us to Mma Ramotswe as she embarks
on her very first case as well as employing a new secretary,
the resourceful and talented Mma Makutsi. Together, they must
find the truth about a Daddy who appears to have returned
from the dead - as well as investigating a wayward teenage
girl and attempting to find a vanished child.
very first adventure sees them employed to work out whether
a man is really the father of a woman. The woman suspects
that he is an impostor, but can't be sure. The woman has a
good job working in the bank - with two bedrooms in her house.
A lot of men at the bank don't like it that a woman is doing
better than them. So could someone be scamming her in order
to stay at her house for free? Because the woman's mother
is dead there is no way to check whether this man is her father
- but Mma Ramotswe doesn't mess around and soon discovers
couldn't help but laugh when Mma Ramotswe confronts the man.
When she asks if he is the father of the woman, he says: "I
am that man. I am the Daddy." Mma Ramotswe uses a very
clever, if a little wicked, way of finding out if he is indeed
the woman's father.
case is then followed by another two cases (which are spread
over this episode and the following one). Mma Ramotswe gets
a letter asking for her help. Apparently the writer's little
boy has disappeared and there is suspected foul play. She
shows the letter to her good friend, and car mechanic, Mr
J.L.B. Matekoni. Days later he comes back to Mma Ramotswe
with a small bone, he believes to be a boy's finger bone,
that he has found in a car he has been working on in his garage.
Is the owner of this car somehow mixed up in the disappearance
of the boy? And the second job is for an old fashioned father
of a young girl who wants her following, as he suspects she
is secretly seeing a boy.
the determined duo attempting to finish their last two cases
that they started in The Daddy. They
must follow Mr Patel's daughter to find out whether she has
a boyfriend. They must also solve the darker and more frightening
case of the finger bone found in a car - does it belong to
a missing boy snatched by a witch doctor?
two tales unravel well. There is quite a lot of comedy in
the Patel case as Mma Ramotswe thinks that she is a little
better at following her target than she actually is. There
is drama as Mma Ramotswe tackles the man who owns the bone
finger. And there
is also romance in the air for Mma Ramotswe. It appears that
Mr J.L.B. Matekoni would like to service a little more
than Mma Ramotswe's vehicle, given half the chance.
you missed this when it was originally broadcast in 2004 then
you really should treat yourself to this wonderfully entertaining