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  • Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1st Us Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307378403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307378408
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

“Part of the brilliance of this series (now in its thirteenth entry) is that what may seem like tiny cases expand into considerations of virtue, love, ambition, greed, and evil . . . McCall Smith’s novels are both very meditative and laugh-out-loud funny. If you’ve never read a No. 1 Ladies’, now’s the time.”
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Praise for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

“Smart and sassy . . . with the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once.”
—Los Angeles Times
 
“Enthralling . . . Mma Ramotswe is someone readers can’t help but love.”
—USA Today
 
“A potent mix of charm and whimsy.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
 
“Endearing, amusing . . . sparkles with African sunshine and wit.”
—The Dallas Morning News
 
“McCall Smith makes the sublime look easy . . . [He] 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
 
“Charming and hilarious . . . Sweet and timeless.”
—The Seattle Times
 
“A cast of characters who seem like old and cherished friends.”
—St. Petersburg Times

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served with many national and international organizations 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.


More About the Author

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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I feel like I know the characters in these books.
Sandra Jennings
All of Alexander McCall Smith's books on the #1 Ladies Private Detective Agency are wonderful.
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Each one has interesting stories and characters I have come to love.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

148 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2012
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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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By David Field VINE VOICE on April 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Julia Dream on 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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By VLG on May 11, 2012
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I have read most of what Alexander McCall Smith has written and the "No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series is my favorite of his works. I always look forward to a new release. "The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection" is a sweet look at the characters we have come to love in this series. Hoping not to reveal too much, I would say that the introduction of a "surprise" character gives one the feeling this may be the final book McCall writes about our Botswana friends. But the book is so very short, it could be a magazine article or short story. When I reached the end, I thought perhaps my Kindle had accidently jumped forward, skipping most of the story. And while one knows never to expect any grand action in Smith's books, there is no real action at all here, other than a few small situations that really do not require the expertise of our detectives to be resolved. This is just a pleasant update on the lives of the main characters. It is lovely, but still very disappointing, and certainly not worth the price. Has Smith joined the ranks of so many other prolific writers who finally get to the point that they begin to consider the number of books they produce more important than the quality? What he has here is excellent as far as it goes, but I feel as if he just does not have a full book.
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