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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series) Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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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.”
—Booklist (starred review)
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.”
“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.”
“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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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
"The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection" is no exception to the rule. I can't say it's my favorite in the "No. 1 Ladies'" series, but it's certainly not my least favorite, either. I totally enjoyed reading it, wherever it stands on the ranking.
I think the main thing about this book is that it's *busy*. A LOT happens, which is a little unusual for Mma Ramotswe and the rest of the crew on Tlokweng Road. Mma Makutsi and Phuti Radaphuti begin building their house together, Fanwell (one of the apprentices at the garage) finds himself in legal trouble, Mma Polokwane finds herself at odds with the new board of directors at the Orphan Farm, and ... (this is a BIG one)... none other than CLOVIS ANDERSEN (yes, THE Clovis Andersen that wrote the detection textbook that basically is the foundation of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) drops in for a visit which turns into an extended stay. Usually, all of this action is enough for maybe TEN books in the series, but Alexander McCall Smith packs it to one volume.
The book was interesting, and definitely had a lot going on, but I have to admit I sort of miss the little bits of wandering and mindfulness that seem to be the trademarks of the series. There are quite a few musings and conversations about tea, which I enjoyed because I'm an obsessive tea-drinker myself (though not at the level Mma Ramotswe is revealed to be...), and the usual profound simplicity of Mm Ramotswe's observations about life and the people in it.
Busy or not, it's a worthy part of a wonderful series. I really enjoyed my time back in Botswana and I can't wait for the next book!
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.