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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
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Apr 23, 2012

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, by Alexander McCall Smith, Narrated by Lisette Legat, Produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com.

In this 13th installment of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, MMa Ramotswe and MMa Makutsi have lots of problems to solve. One of the apprentices of the car repair takes on extra work from a friend for money, and it turns out he is working on stolen cars. Both he and his friend are arrested, and the apprentice turns out to have a very bad lawyer. MMa Ramotswe must help him find his way out of this problem. Then the matron of the orphanage is dismissed from service because the board of directors wants to build a new kitchen instead of each little house having its own kitchen and housemother, and she opposes this change. Mma Ramotswe investigates to find out what really is going on with the board, (shady business to be sure) and to help the matron get her job back. And Mma Makutsi and her newly wed husband are building a house, but there’s something a little shady about the builder. And finally, Clovis Anderson, whose book on private detection both women have memorized to help them in their investigations, comes to Botswana coincidentally, (that’s a little hard to swallow but for these books I’ll suspend disbelief) and helps them with the investigations already mentioned, and they, and we find out about Clovis Anderson. It’s the warmthand humor in these books that makes them so wonderful. And no one could read them better than Lisette Legat. Her pace may be too slow for some, (it normally would be for me), but the pace fits the books and the slower pace of Botswana. These are books that make you feel good, unusual for mysteries.

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