Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel (10)
By Alexander Mccall Smith
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307277473, 240pp.)
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 10
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.
In this latest installment in the endlessly entertaining series, Precious Ramotswe faces problems both personal and professional.
The first is the potential demise of an old friend, her tiny white van. Recently, it has developed a rather troubling knock, but she dare not consult the estimable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni for fear he may condemn the vehicle. Meanwhile, her talented assistant Mma Makutsi is plagued by the reappearance of her nemesis, Violet Sephotho, who has taken a job at the Double Comfort Furniture store whose proprietor is none other than Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi’s fiancé. Finally, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has been hired to explain the unexpected losing streak of a local football club, the Kalahari Swoopers. But with Mma Ramotswe on the case, it seems certain that everything will be resolved satisfactorily.
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, 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.
“As wise and lovely as ever.”—USA Today
“[McCall Smith] is a master. . . . There's beauty and revelation of one kind or another woven expertly into every line.”—Christian Science Monitor
“Alexander McCall Smith is a vivid observer and an elegant writer. . . . Like the best traditions, this series is one we hope will endure.”
—The Plain Dealer
“It’s time for celebration. . . . McCall Smith has done it again.”
—The Washington Times“
“Tea-time continues McCall Smith’s heartwarming focus on quotidian mysteries and small victories.”—Times-Picayune
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