By EW Staff
Updated September 20, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor, $11.95) Anthony Minghella, No. 1 adapter of swanky literary properties (The English Patient, Cold Mountain), is tackling this series on Botswana’s only private eye.

A THEORY OF RELATIVITY Jacquelyn Mitchard (Harper, $7.99) Luis Mandoki (Angel Eyes) helms the tale of a 1-year old orphan brawled over by surviving relatives.

WHEN THE WOMEN COME OUT TO DANCE Elmore Leonard (To be published by William Morrow in November) Bruce Willis plans to star in Tenkiller, a Leonard short story following an ex-rodeo star-turned-Hollywood stuntman.