The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Hardcover – Apr 3 2012
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“Does not disappoint.... Wonderful and addictive.”
“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!”
—The Bookbag (UK)
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).See all Product Description
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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.
This book made for very pleasant reading, while not exactly "can't put it down" does draw me to it whenever I have a free minute. I do enjoy the main characters and the style of his writing, and I look forward to the next book.
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what Mcall Smith writes comes from the heart and goes straight to the heart. my favourite all time novelist? could be!Published on Jan. 17 2014 by Avid reader
I've only just started reading this book and already I'm hooked. Good writing, good story and great characters. It's like coming home!Published on Sept. 9 2013 by Zoe Middleton