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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection continues the exploits of Mmas Ramotswe and Makutsi, punctuated by tea-drinking and cake-munching. This time, Grace Makutsi and new husband Phuti Radiphuti arrange to have a new house built, but the builder seems too slick to be trusted.

Meanwhile, trouble looms at the orphanage. Mma Potokwane, opposing a move catering into a large and impersonal dining hall, is unseated by the new head of the board who proposed it. Finally, into Gaborone comes Clovis Andersen, whose Principles of Private Detection has been their constant source of mentorship. He too carries a secret.

Like the denizens of Tlokweng Road, the Number One Ladies' Detective Agency is drifting into quiet domesticity. We have gotten use to Grace Makutsi's talking shoes, the frequent breaks for tea and cake, and Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni's old fashioned common sense.

But there's also something to be said for comfortable familiarity. For fans of the series, it's the literary equivalent of a nice fire, dressing gown and slippers, and a nice cup of hot chocolate.

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Reading Progress

April 16, 2014 – Started Reading
April 18, 2014 – Finished Reading
May 2, 2014 – Shelved
May 2, 2014 – Shelved as: detective-fiction

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