The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

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Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe--with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi--navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.
Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. Odd as this is, she's far too busy to worry about it. The best apprentice at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors is in trouble with the law and stuck with the worst lawyer in Gaborone. Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are building the house of their dreams, but their builder is not completely on the up and up. And, most shockingly, Mma Potokwane, defender of Botswana's weak and downtrodden, has been dismissed from her post as matron at the orphan farm. Can the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency help restore the beloved matron to her rightful position?
As wealthy and powerful influences at the orphan farm become allied against their friend, help arrives from an unexpected visitor: the tall stranger from Mma Ramotswe's dreams, who turns out to be none other than the estimable Clovis Andersen, author of the No. 1 Ladies' prized manual, The Principles of Private Detection. Together, Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi, and their teacher-turned-colleague help right this injustice and in the process discover something new about being a good detective.

Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780307378408
Branch Call Number: MCC
Characteristics: 257 pages ;,25 cm.


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cmlibrary_jrobinson Jul 02, 2016

This novel picks up after Grace and Phuti are married and deciding on the plans for their home.
Lovers of this series will delight in the continuation and humor of the previous books and new readers will be able to get to know the characters quickly.

Jan 01, 2014

A better-than-average addition to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series with more a elaborate plot, more detective work, and less rehashing of he past.

Nov 24, 2012

Charming as usual. A pleasant break from what I usually read. It's nice to go back to a series where I know all the characters already. I was a little disappointed in Clovis Andersen, though.

Oct 20, 2012

Another in this charming series. Going to a place where people are gracious and mannered is a lovely break.

(I am not surprised that anyone expecting a detective or legal thriller would be disappointed and quite baffled. This series is hardly what one would normally classify as 'mystery fiction'.)

These are gentle women dispensing advice and solving personal problems. If you are in the mood for that, this series is unequalled.

Oct 19, 2012

Yes, they are slight and forgettable, but they are feel good books and Mma Ramotswe is always endearing.

Jul 24, 2012

Ah...Mr. Andersen! Another great entry in this wonderful series.

Jul 12, 2012

I love mystery and detective books, but I couldn't get over the writing style and gave up after 80-something pages, before the mystery began. I don't think it's "quaint" to have characters talking nonsense over and over like simpletons. For example, by now I have read at least 5 times that the assistant PI has a diploma stating her grade was 97% in secretarial school.

Jul 09, 2012

Delightful 357 page trip to Botswana, a beautiful country with people as dear as they appear in the book. In many African countries, a woman of 'traditional build' is a good thing as it means her husband is well off enough to take good care of his wife. I will enjoy more return trips to Botswana in the pages of Smith's books.

Jun 23, 2012

Alexander McCall Smith turns out another charming Precious
Ramotswe book. Mma Potokwane is losing her job. One of Mr JMB Matekone's assistants is arrested for aiding and abetting a stolen car ring. Mma Makutsi and her new husband are building the house of their dreams, but something is not quite right about the contractor. And Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi have a VIP visitor! McCall Smith's love of Botswana permeates these delightful books.

sharonb122 Jun 19, 2012

I enjoy this charming series very much. It was a good break from more serious books. Reading these books is like coming home to the old neighborhood to find all the familiar people with their little quirks, life problems, but thoroughly enjoyable and loveable! The gentle humor adds to the joy of the read.

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