Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
The New No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel
By Alexander Mccall Smith
(Pantheon, Hardcover, 9780375424496, 224pp.)
Publication Date: April 21, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
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 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.
“Delightful . . . The warm humanity infused throughout [McCall Smith’s] novels . . . is what beings readers back . . . There is a simplicity and lyricism in [the] language that brings out the profound importance of . . . everyday revelations."
–San Francisco Chronicle
“Witty, charming and a delight . . . Wonderfully entertaining.”
“A literary confection of gossamer deliciousness . . . There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books.”
–Janet Malcolm, The New York Times Book Review
“Beautiful in spirit . . . Botswana and its way of life are described in exquisite detail . . . Delightful . . . Positively uplifting.”
“Enthralling . . . [Mma Ramotswe] is someone readers can’t help but love.”