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Title:The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (13)
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith
Info:Pantheon (2012), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Not so long ago, I was in Botswana attending the wedding of Phuti and Grace. It was a cheerful little book with no disturbing mysteries of any consequence.
Back again for the 13th installment of McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, it seems that, “There are many things in this life to worry about, many things.” Mma Ramotswe and her cohorts have some serious troubles to overcome. Two of the most likable characters of the series, Fanwell and Mma Potokwane are facing life-changing difficulties. In addition, the newlyweds have employed a dishonest contractor to build their first home. This book has the same slow pace, philosophical musings and gentle humor of the preceding books, but it stepped a bit closer to reality. Fanwell has been falsely accused of theft and there is a believable possibility that he will be found guilty. Mma Potokwane has been removed from her position as director of the orphan farm, and what can be done about it? In this book, when Mma Ramotswe’s thoughts wander from immediate problems, she seems to be reflecting more on the hard realities of life in Africa.

This was one of my favorite books of the series. The plotting of this book was tighter and nothing of the wonderful atmosphere and optimism was lost from the injection of real world problems. There’s still time for many cups of tea with, can you believe it, the real Clovis Anderson, right in Gabarone!
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Lisette Lecat
  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
With all the events happening around her, it is hard for Precious Ramotswe to pay attention to the dream that she keeps having, the one where a mysterious man is waiting for her under a tree. But soon the dream comes to life as her personal life and career collide. ( )
  jepeters333 | Feb 3, 2016 |
I had been waiting for Clovis Andersen to visit for years. I'm so glad he finally made it to Bostwana. I don't know how McCall Smith manages to write so many books without sacrificing quality but this was just as good as the previous books! ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
Audiobook performed by Lisette Lecat

Book thirteen in the series featuring Mma Precious Ramotswe, her associate Mma Grace Makutsi, and their husbands, friends and clients. In this volume personal and professional lives become entwined. The best apprentice at Mr J L B Matekoni’s garage is arrested, Grace and her husband are building their dream house, and Mma Potokwane (matron of the orphan farm) has been dismissed.

I love this gentle cozy series, where the mysteries are usually of the financial or political kind, and not typically murders. Still Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are tenacious in ferreting out corruption and misbehavior, and in setting things right. For who could possibly look either of these ladies in the eye and NOT follow the right path they so clearly set out.

I think I’ll never get tired of this series. Reading one of these books is simply a balm for my soul.

Lisette Lecat is nothing short of spectacular performing the audio. She really brings this cast of characters alive. I feel as if I’ve been sitting on the veranda with Mma Ramotswe, enjoying some tea and drinking in the beauty that is Botswana and its people.

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  BookConcierge | Jan 14, 2016 |
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In Botswana, home to the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency for the problems of ladies, and others, it is customary - one might say very customary - to enquire of people whom you meet whether they have slept well.
The verandah of the President's Hotel is not a place in which a great deal happens. This is not in any way to disparage it: it is important that there should be places where not a great deal happens because such places remind us that life is not entirely and exclusively made up of exciting or significant events. Every life needs spells of calm, every life needs expanses of time when nothing much occurs, when one may sit for several hours in the same place and gaze upon static things, upon some waxen-leafed desert plant, perhaps, or a patch of dry grass. Or a group of cattle standing under a tree for the shade, the slow, flicking movement of their tails the only indication that they are animate beasts, not rocks; or a sky across which no clouds, or perhaps only the merest wisp of white, moves.
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Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective.  In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea.
Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. Odd as this is, she’s far too busy to worry about it. The best apprentice at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors is in trouble with the law and stuck with the worst lawyer in Gaborone. Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are building the house of their dreams, but their builder is not completely on the up and up. And, most shockingly, Mma Potokwane, defender of Botswana’s weak and downtrodden, has been dismissed from her post as matron at the orphan farm. Can the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency help restore the beloved matron to her rightful position?
As wealthy and powerful influences at the orphan farm become allied against their friend, help arrives from an unexpected visitor: the tall stranger from Mma Ramotswe’s dreams, who turns out to be none other than the estimable Clovis Andersen, author of the No. 1 Ladies’ prized manual, The Principles of Private Detection. Together, Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi, and their teacher-turned-colleague help right this injustice and in the process discover something new about being a good detective.

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"Precious Ramotswe is back and, as usual, her plate is full! She's called in to tackle a mysterious disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter's school...Her infinitely trustworthy assistant, Grace Makutsi, is having trouble adjusting to wedded bliss, a problem to test even the formidable talents of Mma Ramotswe...And the estimable Clovis Andersen, author of The Principles of Private Investigation--the No. 1 Ladies' prized manual--has arrived, right there, in Botswana, on a case of his own. Bush tea anyone?"--… (more)

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