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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
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Apr 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: z2012
Read from April 26 to 30, 2012

Very good entry in this series. This one delves deeper into the personal lives and problems of recurring characters in the story - the supporting actors in this series. The problems that arise in the lives of Fanwell, drawn in by an unscrupulous childhood friend; Mma Potokwane, whose position is challenged by an influential board member; Grace and Phuti, newly married and building a home. A character often referred to makes a surprise appearance in this story and assists the detectives with their work. Some of the problems are solved in unconventional ways; others more by happenstance than deduction. This book is more about relationships than mystery.

A satisfying story, but not a perfect one. The title has nothing to do with the story - it's a throwaway line in the closing chapter and gave the impression that they just couldn't think what to title this book. Grace's talking shoes speak up in a couple of scenes - that's a completely unnecessary device, though it was interesting to hear why shoes are important to her. And a recurring nemesis impacts one of the main stories without actually appearing in the book. That rivalry is becoming tiresome.

I quite enjoyed this edition. It was a gentle read, just what I look for from this series. I look forward to see how the characters lives continue in the next edition.

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