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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
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Mar 01, 16

really liked it
bookshelves: audio, humor, africa, judithg, read-in-2012, series, jgrace
Read from April 14 to 17, 2012

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection – A. McCall Smith
4 stars

Not so long ago, I was in Botswana attending the wedding of Phuti and Grace. It was a cheerful little book with no disturbing mysteries of any consequence.
Back again for the 13th installment of McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, it seems that, “There are many things in this life to worry about, many things.” Mma Ramotswe and her cohorts have some serious troubles to overcome. Two of the most likable characters of the series, Fanwell and Mma Potokwane are facing life-changing difficulties. In addition, the newlyweds have employed a dishonest contractor to build their first home. This book has the same slow pace, philosophical musings and gentle humor of the preceding books, but it stepped a bit closer to reality. Fanwell has been falsely accused of theft and there is a believable possibility that he will be found guilty. Mma Potokwane has been removed from her position as director of the orphan farm, and what can be done about it? In this book, when Mma Ramotswe’s thoughts wander from immediate problems, she seems to be reflecting more on the hard realities of life in Africa.

This was one of my favorite books of the series. The plotting of this book was tighter and nothing of the wonderful atmosphere and optimism was lost from the injection of real world problems. There’s still time for many cups of tea with, can you believe it, the real Clovis Anderson, right in Gabarone!
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