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Alexander McCall Smith is a professor of medical law at Edinburgh University. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He is the author of over fifty books on a wide range of subjects, including specialist titles such as Forensic Aspects of Sleep and The Criminal Law of Botswana, children's books such as The Perfect Hamburger, and a collection of stories called Portuguese Irregular Verbs.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Ramotswe, Precious (Fictitious character) Fiction, No, 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Imaginary organization) Fiction, Women private investigators Botswana Fiction