No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

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Publisher: Vintage Canada
The 10th! instalment in this infinitely enjoyable series finds the ever-charming, ever-resourceful Mma Ramostwe helping people, and vans, with problems in their lives.

Mma Ramotswe’s tiny white van has developed a disturbing noise. But having made numerous repairs to the van over the years, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni – her estimable husband and mechanic nonpareil – sells it without telling her and presents her with a new, characterless vehicle. So Mma Ramotswe sets out to recover the van. . . .

In the meantime, the thoroughly unpleasant, yet glamorous, Violet Sephotho (who earned 50 percent, at most!, in the final examinations of the Botswana Secretarial College) gets herself a job at the Double Comfort Furniture Store. Why? The reason is obvious: to make a play for Mma Makutsi’s fiancé, Mr Phuti Radiphuti.

And a proprietor of a local football team has enlisted the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency to help explain their dreadful losing streak: surely someone is fixing the games – it can’t just be a case of unskilled players . . . This is a job for Charlie, ever-apprentice at the Speedy Motors, to sniff out the competence of the players, as an assistant detective. . . .

From the Hardcover edition.


Chapter One

Mr. Molofololo

Traditonally built people may not look as if they are great walkers, but there was a time when Precious Ramotswe walked four miles a day. As a girl in Mochudi, all those years ago, a pupil at the school that looked down over the sprawling village below, she went...
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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