Popular books by Alexander McCall Smith include "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" and "The Sunday Philosophy Club." "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" is the most well known of McCall Smith's books, and it has spawned a series of the same name that includes 16 books, as of 2015.
Though his primary focus is "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series, McCall Smith also writes non-fiction, children's stories and standalone novels. His standalone works include "The Girl Who Married a Lion," "The Forever Girl" and "Trains and Lovers." McCall Smith's "Akimbo" series for children follows a young boy living in Africa. His other children's books include the "Max and Maddie" series and the "Harriet Bean" books. McCall Smith's latest children's books follow Precious Ramotswe, the main character of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," as a child.
"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold over 20 million copies. The books take place in Africa, and McCall Smith uses his personal experiences living in Zimbabwe and Botswana to create the stories.
"The Sunday Philosophy Club" follows the story of Isabel Dalhousie, a sleuth who loves solving mysteries but often winds up in over her head. This book was followed by "Friends, Lovers, Chocolate," which then led to nine more books in the series.