- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown; First United States Edition edition (5 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408701030
- ISBN-13: 978-1408701034
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.5 x 2.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 191 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tea Time For The Traditionally Built (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) Hardcover – 5 Mar 2009
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* Mma Ramotswe's tenth adventure; published in Little, Brown hardback
Mma Ramotswe is widely known for many things; for example, everybody knows about her kindness and her taste for redbush tea and cake -- she is after all traditionally built. Everybody is familiar, too, with her tiny white van, which is beginning to feel its age. Are its difficulties to be terminal, or will Charlie, the feckless garage apprentice, be able to save the day? Mma Makutsi certainly thinks the van's days are numbered, but she can do little to help, as she is experiencing a crisis in her engagement to Phuti Radiphuti. A scheming woman ? the pernicious Violet Sephotho ? has obtained a job at Phuti's store, clearly intending to prise him away from Mma Makutsi. And Charlie has to deal with a young lady with a baby who she claims is his responsibility. Is all this enough to unsettle Mma Ramotswe? Certainly not! Calm reflection, and frequent cups of tea, will be enough to solve even the most trying of problems ...See all Product description
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In this book Mma Ramotswe has to part from her beloved white van and decides to walk to work only to be defeated by blisters. She investigates two men for a client who is trying to decide between them and worries about her husband when he is late home. Mma Makutsi is worried about someone trying to take her fiancé away from her and, as ever, spends too much money on shoes which seem to speak to her. Both women become involved in an investigation involving the local football team and the manager learns a lesson about listening. We learn more about the life of the younger apprentice whose name we are finally given. Musch tea is drunk and much thinking goes on before everything is wrapped up satisfactorily.
These books could, by this time in the series, have edged into sentimentality but they still keep on the right side of that line and can better be described as life affirming and heart warming. You read them with a smile and a feeling that if we all slowed down a bit, were kinder to one another, and possibly drank more tea then the world would be a much better place.
There is only one really big disappointment in reading these books, and it's this: - that, when you regrettfully reach the final page, you know you will have to wait for nearly a year for the next book in the series. But it sure is worth the wait.
My experience is that you either love or loathe these books and I stand firmly in the Love camp.
Certain names are revealed in this book. I shan't say whose but it isn't Mr J L B Matekoni's forenames!
There's also a shock for Grace Makutsi and her fiancé but I shan't say what.
All the books in this series follow on from each other, and whilst you can read them out of sequence, I'd suggest to anyone considering starting in, then start at book one and work your way along.
As ever, a brilliant telling of human tales of life, sadness, deceit and joy in Botswana.
Football, the demise of an old friend (the little white van), romantic rivalry, philandering husbands, warm sunshine, old aquantances, all washed down with a cup of Bush tea and a happy ending.
The book leaves you impatiently awaiting the next chapter in the series. You need to write more quickly Rra Alexander McCall Smith, or Mma Ramotswe may get impatient and ask someone else to chronicle her stories, perhaps Clovis Andersen whom as we all know, she holds in very high regard.
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