Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) Paperback – 9 Mar 2010
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“As wise and lovely as ever.”—"USA Today"
“[McCall Smith] is a master. . . . There's beauty and revelation of one kind or another woven expertly into every line.”—"Christian Science Monitor"
“Alexander McCall Smith is a vivid observer and an elegant writer. . . . Like the best traditions, this series is one we hope will endure.”
—"The Plain Dealer"
“It’s time for celebration. . . . McCall Smith has done it again.”
—"The Washington Times"“
“"Tea-time" continues McCall Smith’s heartwarming focus on quotidian mysteries and small victories.”—"Times-Picayune "
"There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." —"The New York Times Book Review"
“What a treat to discover. . . . Brims with good humor and compassion.” —"Entertainment Weekly"
"As wise and lovely as ever."--"USA Today"
"[McCall Smith] is a master. . . . There's beauty and revelation of one kind or another woven expertly into every line."--"Christian Science Monitor"
"Alexander McCall Smith is a vivid observer and an elegant writer. . . . Like the best traditions, this series is one we hope will endure."
--"The Plain Dealer"
"It's time for celebration. . . . McCall Smith has done it again."
--"The Washington Times""
""Tea-time" continues McCall Smith's heartwarming focus on quotidian mysteries and small victories."--"Times-Picayune "
"There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"What a treat to discover. . . . Brims with good humor and compassion." --"Entertainment Weekly"
As wise and lovely as ever. "USA Today"
[McCall Smith] is a master. . . . There's beauty and revelation of one kind or another woven expertly into every line. "Christian Science Monitor"
Alexander McCall Smith is a vivid observer and an elegant writer. . . . Like the best traditions, this series is one we hope will endure.
"The Plain Dealer"
It s time for celebration. . . . McCall Smith has done it again.
"The Washington Times"
"Tea-time" continues McCall Smith s heartwarming focus on quotidian mysteries and small victories. "Times-Picayune "
"There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." "The New York Times Book Review"
What a treat to discover. . . . Brims with good humor and compassion. "Entertainment Weekly"
* Mma Ramotswe's tenth adventure; published in Little, Brown --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the 10th book in this delightful series. If you are new to it, count yourself lucky at the treats that you have in store, but be aware that it is best to read the books in order. (Apparently Alexander McCall Smith is contracted to write 14, so there will be more). The title refers to Mma Ramotswe, with her love of tea and her pride in her large build which some may call fat, but which she prefers to refer to as "traditionally built". While Mma Ramotswe is the central heroine, McCall Smith is now juggling a large and disparate cast of characters, each with their own dramas. Essentially this series is a soap opera - while ostensibly about a private detective, the mysteries are only a small part of the books. I was lucky enough to see Alexander McCall Smith talking about this book and he cheerfully said that he takes pride in the fact that nothing happens in his books, being of the view that there is quite enough happening in the world without authors adding to it.
Of course saying that nothing happens is an exaggeration. In this instalment, Mma Ramotswe's tiny white van has finally broken down, seemingly for good. Meanwhile Charlie the apprentice is dealing with a young lady who is claiming that her baby is his responsibility.Read more ›
We meet all the old characters - Mma Ramotse's strident assistant, Mma Makutsi, her mechanic husband Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, and his apprentice lazy Charlie. We are properly introduced to Fanwell, hitherto known only as "the younger apprentice", and through him McCall Smith reminds us of the ravages that AIDS has inflicted on Botswana, the one melancholy theme of the series.
The agency's major case involves an investigation into the underperformance of the football team, the Kalahari Swoopers, which give the detectives many opportunities to contemplate the differences between the sexes. As usual, Mma Ramotswe arrives at a solution that should improve the world a little. The same cannot be said of the lady detectives' encounter with Mma Makutsi's old enemy, Violet Sephotho, but with the assistance of Charlie and his lady-killing skills, she is at least seen off from her attempted seduction of the former's fiancé, Phuti Radiphuti.Read more ›
While the pace is slow in these books, which may frustrate some, I find it calming and enjoyable; while issues such as AIDS are mentioned and brought to attention, the overall theme of these books, in which the investigations do play second-fiddle, is on the general goodness of people and the joy of life. This is a worthy addition to a series I can read over and over again and enjoy more and more each time.
Now if I was to be asked, "What is it about?" I think I would answer that it is about behaving in a kind and thoughful manner; It is about good manners and politeness; It is about a sensible pace of life and a grasp of what really matters; it is a rest in a busy day and step into a better world for a while, and bringing some of that world back into day to day life once the pages have all been turned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book, as I do all the series, but I didn't feel that it was one of the best.Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. Proctor
If you want an easy read, full of laughter, little bit of suspense and a wonderful view on life, then this series of books is definitely for you. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Hartley
Continues the series in the same high standard. These books appeal to the readers sense of justice and harks back to an imagined simpler worldPublished 7 months ago by PeterV1