Monday, August 26, 2013

The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith

There is just something about The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series that I absolutely love. Maybe it is the simple practicality of Mma Ramotswe. Or the steadfastness of her husband J.L.B. Matekoni. Or her associate Mma Makutsi who has an opinion about everything. Whatever it is I have enjoyed every book in the series and hope to have many more books to read about Mma Ramotswe and her detective agency.

In this installment we have Phuti and Mma Makutsi just starting out in their married life. They are excited to be building their first home. Mma Makutsi has some misgivings about their builder and before too long so does Phuti.

Mma Ramotswe has been having a dream where a man she has never seen comes to visit the detective agency. When a surprise visitor shows up both she and Mma Makutsi are star-struck.

Mma Potokwane, matron of the orphanage has been fired by the board because of her refusal to support the idea of a central cafeteria instead of family homes for the orphans.

Fanwell, one of J.L.B. Matekoni's apprentice mechanics gets himself into trouble with the law because he trusted a so-called friend.

All of these circumstances call for Mma Ramotswe's ability to detect and find out what is behind people's motives, who is being truthful and who is lying. With many cups of tea Mma helps the people in her life by lending a listening ear and dispatching sage advice when needed.

Set in Botswana, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection is a cozy read that takes the reader to a simpler time and place where we find that human nature is still much the same. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you have never read any of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books I highly recommend them!



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