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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

by Alexander McCall Smith

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One of the best Alexander McCall Smith books I have read. So comfortable to read. So charming. Makes me want to read another very soon ( )
  bibliophileofalls | Jul 10, 2014 |
I just love this series. ( )
  INorris | Mar 28, 2014 |
Delightful, insightful, uplifting - as always :) An easy, feel-good page turner. ( )
  Liciasings | Jan 10, 2014 |
From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Once again, Precious Ramotswe uses her insights into human nature to unravel problems big and small in Smith's charming 10th novel to feature Botswana's No. 1 lady detective (after The Miracle at Speedy Motors). Leungo Molofololo, the owner of the Kalahari Swoopers, a local soccer team with a lot of athletic talent, suspects a traitor on the squad is deliberately sabotaging games for an unknown reason. Despite her complete ignorance of the sport, Mma Ramotswe agrees to look into the matter. She and her prickly assistant, Grace Makutsi, attend a match and begin interviewing the players in an effort to solve what amounts to the book's main mystery. The soccer inquiry, though, is secondary to a major event in Mma Ramotswe's lifethe impending demise of the little white van she's used for many years that's much more than a machine to her. Fans can look forward to the debut of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency on HBO on March 29. (Apr.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Starred Review In stressful times, Botswana detective Precious Ramotswe always finds solace in a steaming pot of red bush tea. But it’s going to take many cups of the richly hued liquid to help her cope with current woes. Topping the list is the state of Mma’s tiny white van, which has developed an ominous rattle she can no longer ignore. Meanwhile, at the detective agency, Mma Ramotswe and her very opinionated assistant, Grace Makutsi, are enlisted by football coach Leungo Molofololo to determine why his once-successful team has lost so many games. (Could there be a traitor among the ranks?) The case will certainly be a challenge. Mma Ramotswe knows nothing about football, and Mma Makutsi is distracted. Her fiancé, Phuti Radiphuti, has hired Violet Sephotho, Grace’s one-time nemesis at the Botswana Secretarial College, to work at his furniture store. (Grace fears that glamorous, manipulative Violet is out to steal her man.) Grace trusts Phuti, but she knows men are weak. “They cannot help it,” she muses, “they are dazzled, just as a mouse is hypnotized by the swaying of a cobra. And then the cobra strikes and it is all over for the mouse, just as it is for the man.” Scotsman McCall Smith’s rich regard for Botswana resonates in this warm, witty, and wise tenth installment in the internationally best-selling series. What fan can resist? --Allison Block ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
This installment of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is definitely one of my favorites out of the series to date. Many may categorize these books as mystery novels, but they do not fall into that category for me. These are sweet novels, full of guidance and morality that keep a smile on my face during most of the book.

There were not many mysteries for the detectives to solve in this installment, but there is plenty of action in the lives of Mma Makutsi and Mma Ramotswe. Grace is still keeping the secret of the ruined bed from the previous novel, but her newest problem is the appearance of her archenemy from the Secretarial College. When Violet is hired at Phudi's shop to work in the mattress department, Grace knows she has other intentions. It doesn't take the detectives long to figure this one out at all!

As Mma Ramotswe works on her latest cases she also must accept that her tiny white van has seen better days. When her husband decides that the white van should be put out to pasture, he surprises her with a new van. Mma Ramotswe has difficulty reconciling with her feelings as her white van has helped her through so many difficult times. She has no choice but to say good-bye to a lifelong friend. But I won't be surprised if the van makes an appearance in a future segment of the series.

If you are looking for a mystery that is full of suspense, murder, and action, then this book is not for you. But if you are looking for a book that will make you laugh, smile, and just feel happy while reading, then I highly suggest this one. With themes of honesty, friendship, and family, this novel was an enjoyment to read. I highly recommend this book for personal leisure or as a book club discussion. ( )
  jo-jo | Apr 28, 2013 |
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The latest installment of this universally beloved and best-selling series finds Precious Ramotswe in personal need of her own formidable detection talents . . . .

Mma Ramotswe’s ever-ready tiny white van has recently developed a rather disturbing noise. Of course, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni–her estimable husband and one of Botswana’s most talented mechanics––is the man to turn to for help. But Precious suspects he might simply condemn the van and replace it with something more modern. Can she find a way to save her old friend?

In the meantime, Mma Makutsi discovers that her old rival Violet Sephotho, who could not have gotten more than fifty percent on her typing final at the Botswana Secretarial College, has set her sights on none other than Mma Makutsi’s fiancé, Phuti Radiphuti. Can Mma Ramotswe’s intuition save the day? Finally, the proprietor of a local football team has enlisted the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency to help explain its dreadful losing streak. The owner of the team is convinced he as a traitor in his midst. But how is Mma Ramotswe, who has never seen a football match in her life, going to discern who is throwing the game? Help, it turns out, may come from an unexpected quarter.

There are few mysteries that can’t be solved and fewer problems that can’t be fixed when the irrepressible Precious Ramotswe puts her mind to them. A good cup of red bush tea might be the best solution of all.

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Precious Ramotswe uses her formidable detection talents to track down her tiny white van--sold by her estimable husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and stolen from its new owner--while simultaneously helping to explain the dreadful losing streak of a local football team and smoothing out a snag in Mma Makutsi's engagement to Mr Phuti Radiphut.… (more)

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