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The No. 1 Ladies? Detective Agency
Sundays HBO
Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati
Episode 2 HBO April 4th 2009 8 P.M.
Episode 3 HBO April 11th 2009
1 hour

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is the HBO TV adaptation of the Alexander McCall Smith mystery series. It is faithful to the spirit of the books, looks great, and makes for good mystery TV. Those who appreciate smart sleuthing with no gunplay or violence will be sure to tune in Sundays at 8 P.M. starting March 29, 2009

Jill Scott is excellent as Mma Precious Ramotswe, the owner and operator of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Anika Noni Rose gives an interesting performance as the stick-up-her-butt well-meaning secretary. Other supporting characters like the mechanic and the hairdresser get to do a bit of work in the episode.

The second episode of HBO ‘s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency picks up the story some 2 months after Mma Precious Ramotswe opened shop. Episode 2, The Big Bonanza, features the cases of the runaway dog, the missing husband, and perhaps the case of the mad dentist. The viewer also learns more about the agency’s secretary, Mma Makutsi’s home life. The detective work here relies more on observation, common sense, and doggedness, literally.

This is a good show and it airs April 4th 2009

Episode 3, which airs April 11th 2009 at 8 P.M. features a series of suspicious deaths at the local hospital, the Case of the Two O’clock Deaths, a curio shopkeeper who is afraid of something, and a family whose suppers make everyone sick.

There may be one too many mysteries to solve in this third episode and the solve itself is pretty much of a letdown. In fact, the solution here is the kind of stuff Matlock viewers will be familiar with.

The good news is episode 3 is a glitch in this series so far.

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a very enjoyable and very different HBO mystery series. Fans of the genre will easily become hooked.

Other episodes in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency will include:

April 19th, The Boy With an African Heart HBO 8 P.M.