Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel (10) (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series) Paperback – Feb 4 2010
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"The 10th Precious Ramotswe novel is as adorable as the first. Alexander McCall Smith's combination of loveable characters in a delightful setting in rural Botswana, along with some clever plots, is the perfect formula for an afternoon escape."
— Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail"This is feel-good fiction, all right, but it's not trite or trivial. . . . McCall Smith has created a memorable and lovable detective, and he writes with good humour and gentle wit."
— Sunday Mercury
"Mr. McCall Smith has done it again, bestowing on his readers a book imbued with an irresistibly gentle philosophy that presumably reflects his own and more power to him. All we can do is look forward to going back to Botswana. And nobody should give up on that tiny white van yet."
— The Washington Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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"Mma Ramotswe looked up from the menu. 'Did you say something, Mma?'"
Only in the No. Ladies' Detective Agency series would it seem normal for shoes to be talking to their owner and someone else to notice while the owner does not. This is a fine example of how Alexander McCall Smith successful extends the bounds of reality to show how we are connected to one another and to the things around us. I particularly commend the imaginary conversations that Mma Ramotswe's van has with her.
As the book opens, Mma Ramotswe's white van is starting to make new noises. She fears that Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni will tell her that it's time to replace the van. To avoid such an awful result, Precious walks to work. The problems begin when she walks home.
The detective agency has a promising new client, Mr. Luengo Molofololo, owner of the Kalahari Swoopers, the local football (soccer) team. He owns a big house, drives a huge Mercedes-Benz, and knows everyone. Unfortunately, he seems to think that women know only about cooking. Precious knows precious little about soccer and wonders how she can help. He's convinced there is a traitor who is throwing the games, but he cannot identify who it is. Soon Precious joins Mr. Molofololo and her foster son, Puso, at one of the games.
Meanwhile, Mr. Phuti Radi-phuti has hired Violet Sephotho to sell beds at the Double Comfort Furniture Shop. Mma Makutsi is wary due her past run-ins with Violet . . . but fears sharing her concerns with her fiancé. Matters look dire when she sees him driving Violet home from work on the first day.Read more ›
McCaul Smith is back in his groove. Although his last book lacked the charm of his first few, in the Ladies' Detective Agency series Tea Time for the Traditionally Built is a winner
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Beautifully written - like the rest of the books in the series - full of warmth, kindness and humour.Published 2 months ago by Shelley