Monday 26 February 2018

McCall Smith, Alexander "Tea Time for the Traditionally Built"

McCall Smith, Alexander "Tea Time for the Traditionally Built" - 2009
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #10

I don't read a lot of "easy" books but I thought it was about time I got back to Mma Ramotswe, the owner of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Gaborone, Botswana.

I have always enjoyed the stories about this lady who defies prejudices about what woman can and can't do. The stories are funny but show a lot of heart. Whether Mma Ramotswe mourns for her little white van that gets too old to do its duties, tries to find the traitor in a football team or helps her assistant to fight a fiancé-snatcher, there is a lot of both in all the stories.

Definitely nice stories to enjoy. Book no. 10 in this series is just as charming as all the first nine ones.

From the back cover:

"There are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. It is unfortunate - when Mma Ramotswe's newest client is the big-shot owner of the ailing Kalahari Swoopers - that one thing lady detectives know very little about is football. And when Violet Sephotho sets her sights on Mma Makutsi's unsuspecting fiancé, it becomes clear that some men do not know a ruthless Jezebel even when she is bouncing up and down on the best bed in the Double Comfort Furniture Shop.

In her attempt to foster understanding between the sexes, Mma Ramotswe ventures into new territory, drinks tea in unfamiliar kitchens and learns to dig deep to uncover the goodness of the human heart."

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  1. I think I read the first one and did not continue. Good to know they are all good. Lord knows, readers such as ourselves need an easy book now and then.

    1. I hadn't read anything about Mma Ramotswe for a while because I thought I might not enjoy them - being too easy. But, as you say, sometimes we need an easy book and I think I will carry on reading this series from time to time.