Precious Ramotswe, founder of Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, settles in for an afternoon nap only to realize there's an intruder under her bed. His trousers catch on a bedspring as he escapes, and the hunt for a half-naked scoundrel is on. Like the first five mysteries in McCall Smith's charming series, Ladies examines the mystery of human relationships and the power of goodness in our lives. The plot advances through acts of generosity—kindnesses that ripple outward with surprising and far-reaching effects, helping Ramotswe to put her first, abusive marriage further behind her and continue her newly happy life. She is a captivating character, and McCall Smith's Africa, land of mopipi trees and lebolobolo snakes, feels both exotic and deeply familiar.