When you think of famous detective agencies, who do you think of? If you're an avid mystery reader, you probably think of Nick and Nora Charles. If you're into television, maybe you followed David and Maddie like I did. Or maybe you liked the likes of the delightfully quirky Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, who made the cinematic, television and literature rounds. Fighting crimes in places like Chicago and Europe, these detectives foiled evildoers near and far, forming our vision of today's fictional detective. But would you think to place a detective in Botswana, Africa? Alexander McCall Smith did in his series of mystery novels that start with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

As we noted in October -- Anthony Minghella, who is fresh off his latest film, Breaking and Entering, is planning to adapt the first of the series into a film. The movie, which was written by the director along with Love Actually scribe, Richard Curtis, details the adventures of Precious Ramotswe. Located in Gaborone, Botswana, she is said to be a cross between Kinsey Millhone (the alphabet mysteries) and Miss Marple (Agatha Christie's popular female detective). She specializes in missing husbands, imposters, con men and wayward daughters. For this story, Ramotswe is hunting down a missing child that will lead her into strange situations and danger -- the usual detective fare. Production Weekly reports that the project, which should begin filming this May in Africa, is a combination of tragedy and humor. The idea sounds fresh enough to be quite entertaining. I'm hooked and curious just to see how detective mysteries translate in an African nation. Would you see a Botswanian detective movie?
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