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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency [Hardcover]

Alexander McCall Smith
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April 3 2012 A Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book for Young Readers
In the latest endearing installment in the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, our resourceful heroine, Precious Ramotswe, whose primary mission is to help people with the problems in their lives, has her hands full.
 
Precious Ramotswe is called in to tackle a disciplinary problem at a local school. Mysteries involving children are always rather difficult, and in this case, making this more complicated is the fact that it's her adopted daughter's school. Meanwhile, her trusted assistant, Grace Makutsi, is having trouble adjusting to wedded bliss, a problem that may test even Precious Ramotswe's formidable talents. Finally, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi meet an old mentor for the first time, when the estimable Clovis Andersen, author of their personal manual, Principles of Private Investigation, arrives in Botswana on a case. All this and bush tea too--life is indeed rich in Botswana.

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
“Does not disappoint.... Wonderful and addictive.”
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“Smith wisely doesn’t tamper with his winning recipe for literary comfort food.... As always, the detection is secondary to Smith’s continuing exploration of the rhythms and social dynamics of small-town African life.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“I love Mma Ramotswe more and more.... These books always leave me feeling more positive, more optimistic, more content…. Fans will find nothing disappointing here, other than the soft sigh as you turn the final page, knowing you must wait a little time again for the next installment!”
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About the Author

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander McCall Smith at His Playful Best April 18 2012
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"Let our master now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp. And it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you, and you shall be well." -- 1 Samuel 16:16 (NKJV)

At its best, a novel operates through a kind of hypnotism. We enter into a make-believe world . . . and it becomes real to us. In the best of such playful experiences, we try on adventures that we would never consider doing on our own. From the reading, a changed life may follow.

In The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, Alexander McCall Smith calls out to us to imagine ourselves living life-long dreams . . . and horrible nightmares. Then, he shows us that such futures don't have to be frightening. They can, in fact, be exhilarating. In true McCall Smith fashion, he designs the results to match the funniest possible . . . or most ironic conceivable . . . resolution. In the end, you feel a beautiful kind of peace, knowing that your dreams are going to be supported.

The jacket copy reveals quite a lot about the story. I dare not say more without spoiling the book for you.

Let me just say that Precious Ramotswe finds herself dealing with challenges that seem beyond her detective abilities. Grace Makutsi begins to dream of grandiose events that could overturn much of what she has come to treasure about her life. Phuti Radiphuti discovers that being a husband requires him to do things that aren't always comfortable for him. Two others face injustice. How will they overcome powerful forces beyond their strength?

I thought that some of the scenes in this story were as poignant and funny at the same time as any I've ever read.

Bravo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hapy African adventure June 19 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Alexander McCall Smith never disappoints - this is another great story. He has a unique way of describing the country and his most delightful band of characters. Have read all the books in this series and look forward to next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful May 9 2012
By Pratz
Format:Hardcover
I have read almost all the books of this series and am absolutely in love with it. I just finished reading this latest installment and found it equally amusing as the other ones. But not to exaggerate anything, although this time, there is a lot of stretching in the stories. The author has written a lot of stuff and conversations between characters that one may find very boring and stretched. The cases are interesting though. And I love how they outsmart Violet Sephotho everytime. She is my favourite villain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars straight to the heart Jan. 17 2014
By J Hugi
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
what Mcall Smith writes comes from the heart and goes straight to the heart. my favourite all time novelist? could be!
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