The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

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10 Critic Reviews

The stunning artwork in this chapter book has the look of woodcuts and old-time three-color separation illustration.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Young Readers

Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective.  In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea.
 
Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn’t it be nice to be a detective?
 
This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious.
 
When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn’t always right. She also learns how to be a detective.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. www.alexandermccallsmith.com
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Anchor. 96 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Great Cake Mystery
All: 10 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 01 2012

The stunning artwork in this chapter book has the look of woodcuts and old-time three-color separation illustration.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 27 2012

This is a story, and a heroine, with impressive dimension.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Tracy Grant on Apr 26 2012

In addition to being a sweet detective story, this book will introduce readers to a part of the world they might know little about.

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Tulsa World

Excellent
Reviewed by James Watts on Apr 08 2012

Within this story, McCall Smith manages to work in the little facts and lessons, and stories that have only a tangential relationship to the plot, that are a hallmark of all his books.

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KidsReads

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathleen Purcell on Apr 30 2012

Not only is the plot filled with twists and turns, but the characters reveal both the ugly and forgiving sides of human nature.

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School Library Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Bird on Jan 23 2012

Chapter breaks appear out of the blue and feel almost as if the book were one long story and an editor came in later to chop things up a bit.

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Provo City Library's Children Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by LW on Apr 27 2012

An excellent cross-cultural story for beginning chapter book readers.

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Books 4 Your Kids

Good
Reviewed by Tanya on Mar 30 2012

There are so many reasons why I am just over-the-moon with excitement for Alexander McCall Smith's newest series of books for children. . .

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Rebecca Reads

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Apr 17 2012

The Great Cake Mystery is highly recommended for the young reader.

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The Rusty Key

Good
Reviewed by Jordan Nielsen

. . .there is an inherent goodness to this story that makes Smith’s universe feel like a safe and nurturing place to be.

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