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- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: April 3, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B007QZXGPS
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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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!
I am never disappointed in the books he writes and am always checking to see if he has a new one on the
way. I love his way of telling a story and with this book I was pleasantly entertained as usual when I read
his books. Another fine installment in this series.