Polygon's African lady detective is a word-of-mouth hit

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Polygon, the literary imprint which changed hands from Edinburgh University Press to Birlinn last month, has an unexpected--and unlikely--hit on its hands. Alexander McCall Smith's series of gently humorous detective novels, set in Botswana and featuring middle-aged female detective Precious Ramotse, has a swiftly accelerating word-of-mouth readership in the UK and is poised for major success in the US. The series has been a hit with the American independents, and Anchor is now launching the latest novel, the fourth in the series, with a hardback print run of 50,000 copies.</p><p>
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