Monday, June 8, 2009

Oh joy! Finally a new book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. This one, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, finds both Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi in difficulties. The tiny white van, Mma Ramotswe's faithful companion for many years, has finally started making a noise that even Mr. JLB Matekoni can't fix. Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi's fiance, is being mesmerized by that shameless hussy Violet Saphoto, who, no matter what she claims to the contrary, couldn't have scored more than 50% on her final exam at the Botswana Secretarial College. Oh the trials and tribulations!

Luckily, there are clients who bring in cases to distract the ladies from their problems. In this instance, the owner of a football club hires Mma Ramotswe to find out why his formerly successful team has suddenly started losing. That will require the interviewing of many players . . . as well as stopping to ponder the situation over endless cups of bush tea.

Once again, the reader is transported into the happy and peaceful land of Botswana for another gentle and pleasant visit with beloved characters. While most of the mysteries were cleared up, there was one left hanging which I'm sure will be addressed in the next novel. Let's just hope there won't be a very long wait for it!
Final verdict for Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: Five Gherkins, for being another wonderful visit with Mma Ramotswe and her friends


Michelloui said...

Loooove these books! I was really disappointed with the tv series though. Oh well. A new book, so exciting!!

Lisanne624 said...

Yes, it's great when there's a new one in the series. Unfortunately, though, after gobbling it up, you have to wait an absolute age for the next one (or so it seems!).

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