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The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series) [Kindle Edition]

Alexander McCall Smith
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Book Description

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi have always relied on the advice of the classic guide to their trade, The Principles of Private Detection. But who is the eminent author, Mr Clovis Andersen, and what if he were to come to Botswana? That seems a very unlikely possibility, and yet . . . When Mr Andersen visits Botswana on holiday, he is delighted and intrigued to stumble across a roadside sign that reveals the existence of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Professional courtesy suggests that he call and announce himself. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are embarking on married life and building a new house - a tricky business under any circumstances but especially hazardous when the name of the contractor is the Joy and Light Building Company.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection and Alexander McCall Smith:
"Fans of the series will find much to enjoy.... It is all but impossible to criticise this novel." The Guardian
"To say McCall Smith is a literary phenomenon doesn't quite describe what has happened. He has become more of a movement, a worldwide club for the dissemination of gentle wisdom and good cheer." The Telegraph
"McCall Smith has few peers in capturing the quiet moments of people's lives, and his empathetic lead has one of the biggest hearts in modern literature." Publishers Weekly
"The gentle and telling portrait of the human condition lingers [after reading]." Star Tribune (Minneapolis)


“Does not disappoint.... Wonderful and addictive.”
“Smith wisely doesn’t tamper with his winning recipe for literary comfort food.... As always, the detection is secondary to Smith’s continuing exploration of the rhythms and social dynamics of small-town African life.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“I love Mma Ramotswe more and more.... These books always leave me feeling more positive, more optimistic, more content…. Fans will find nothing disappointing here, other than the soft sigh as you turn the final page, knowing you must wait a little time again for the next installment!”
The Bookbag (UK)

Product Details

  • File Size: 961 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408702606
  • Publisher: Abacus (March 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068PHUMC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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150 of 156 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Take a slow, deep breath, curl up in your favorite chair with a hot drink and prepare to enjoy another satisfying meal of literary comfort food. The latest instalment in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series may not win any new converts, but it will most definitely not disappoint its fans. All the familiar characters are back and their stories are woven in with little musings on subjects like always doing your best or the value of taking time out just to sit, gaze upon static things and be calm.

Ever since Mma Ramotswe embarked on her career as a private detective, her "bible" has been Clovis Anderson's book about the principles of private detection. She is thrilled to discover that he is visiting Botswana. They become friends, but it is apparent that Clovis is troubled by something. It's quite endearing to read her gushing praise of him, her assumption that he is internationally renowned, while he is clearly nothing of the sort. However they do work together on a case, which makes a refreshing change in formula.

Mma Ramotswe's case is very dear to her heart. Her friend Mma Potokwani, wants her to check the motivations of a member of the orphan farm board. As the conflict between Mma Potokwani and her foe escalates, Clovis and Mma Ramotswe will need to combine their talents to get to the bottom of the affair.

Meanwhile, Fanwell (one of the Speedy Motors apprentices) is getting himself into hot water. A favor for an old acquaintance has lead into illegal territory. And Mma Makutsi's new husband has decided to build them a new home. However the builder whom he has chosen is not particularly interested in Phuti's input and is even less interested in anything that Mma Makutsi has to say. It also appears that one of his builders is wary of Phuti - but why?

If you love this series - as I do - you are bound to enjoy this addition to it.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky #13 April 7, 2012
I've always enjoyed Alexander McCall Smith in just about everyone of the books he's written, including the other series; but the crowning achievement is the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books. McCall Smith has kept this series going through thirteen titles, and I'm surprised that no-one has written a review saying that this volume is not up to standard, as they did in previous Ladies' Detective" books.

In my less-than-humble opinion this book shows the same plotting skills as the previous dozen, plus I was constantly impressed by the quality of McCall Smith's writing. Some little turn of phrase begins to be something delightful, and this happens throughout the book. All the usual crew is here, doing the usual things, except for one of Mr. J.L.B Matekoni's apprentices - and it's not Charlie, for once, but the now ex-apprentice Fanwell who falls foul of the law.

One smart move by McCall Smith is to have a cast of characters who are so enjoyable we don't want anything bad to happen to them. We want those in trouble to come out on top, and we want Mme Ramotswe to uncover the truth and help out her clients, and in this book it's Mma Potokwane, the matron of the orphans farm, who is facing dismissal from her job. Add to this Phuti Radiphuti and his new bride, Grace Maskutsi are having a house built by a contractor who isn't quite following the rules. I raced through the book, hoping that all would come out well in the end.

One development that I thought McCall Smith would have trouble with was the arrival of Clovis Andersen, whose book The Principle of Private Detection has been the guide for the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency since day one.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold on the inside April 6, 2012
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This book will not disappoint. McCall Smith reminds us through the lives of our beloved Motswana cast of the strength of human character. It is a comfort to have confirmed the goodness and decency in our fellows, to know that we can be flawed but wise, that we are not defined by our mistakes but are loved despite them. There are no surprises in the latest of volume of this wonderful series, unless it is that a series of books can be so consistently good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 97% Great April 6, 2012
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For us avid followers of this laid back, tea drinking series, this latest (13th) installment brings more of the same, but with a couple of new twists and jolts to keep our interest firmly in check. It begins with a dream of a tall, well-built man standing in the shade, and follows up with the collision of Mma Ramotswe's detective job with the demands of her friends' personal life crises.

For one, her friend Mma Potokwane of the orphanage is distraught over big changes proposed by the board of Directors, which ultimately leads to her dismissal; and for two, one of the mechanics gets into big trouble with the law, and his defense counsel isn't giving them the assurance that he's going to be very helpful.

It's not all bad news though, as her dream visitor turns out be someone she respects very deeply, and her Associate and friend Grace Makutsi and her husband Phuti have begun working on their new home. Unfortunately, good news can turn bad unexpectedly, and it seems that Grace's fundamental dislike of the contractor may not be unfounded.

Together with her esteemed visitor, Mma Ramotswe starts turning rocks to see what she can dig up that will be helpful, but gets help from several unexpected quarters in unearthing the truth and putting the various cases to rest. But there is one last surprise to come.

Other than a little (forgivable) rambling about the good old Botswana days, this is an enjoyable ride over bumpy roads.

Amanda Richards, April 6, 2012
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Alexander McCall Smith
If you liked any of the Ladies Detective Agency stories, you will love this one.

A fun and satisfying read.
Published 1 day ago by Jim Trefethen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This series is so fun, once you read one they are like pop-corn, you can;t stop!
Published 12 days ago by Audrey Yell
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the rest
In all honesty I love all the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series - so if you loved the others, you will love this.
Published 22 days ago by beverly j harstad
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
very good it was delivered on time and my mother is enjoying it
Published 25 days ago by hjtedwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Mma Ramotswe winner from Alexander McCall Smith
This has the usual entertaining story and style of Alexander McCall Smith: an easy read that's humorous and interesting. A great bedtime book.
Published 25 days ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Each book creates wonder
There is joy in AMS's Gabarone. The wise detective who shares the memory of her father and respects the traditional values creates my longing for more Botswana.
Published 26 days ago by AZSusan
5.0 out of 5 stars Private Detective Work at its Best
Clovis Andersen, author or The Principles of Private Detection, comes upon the scene allowing the two lady detectives to see for themselves how the man that instigated their... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Grace E. Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love everything about Alexander McCall Smith's No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books. Wish there more!
Published 27 days ago by Loretta J Snook
5.0 out of 5 stars another enjoyable novel in the series
I have enjoyed all of the books in the no. 1 ladies detective series and several more written by Mr. Smith. Read more
Published 27 days ago by joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this whole series.
Published 1 month ago by Conchita M.
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Alexander McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He is now Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He has written more than fifty books, including a number of specialist titles, but is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has achieved bestseller status on four continents. In 2004 he was awarded British Book Awards Author of the Year and Booksellers Association Author of the Year. He lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra).


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