This Sunday, HBO is premiering a new series based on The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith [F MCC, also AB/CD MCC].
The main character is a self-made detective from Botswana with the unlikely name of Precious Ramotswe. A gentle soul rather than a hard-boiled detective, she "specializes in missing husbands, wayward daughters, con men and imposters," but she does occasionally have brushes with danger.
The book was a great success when it was first released in in 1998. McCall Smith has gone on to publish further adventures of Precious, the latest being The Miracle at Speedy Motors [F MCC, also AB/CD MCC]. The tenth book in the series, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, will be released later next month.
I heard a review of the televised version, and although the reviewer had mixed feelings, I think the series will be a hit due to its strong character and exotic locations.
You may want to read the series if you haven't already come across it. Start now to avoid the renewed interest that will surely result when the television program is aired on Sunday.