Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Bk 10)
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Bk 10 Author:Alexander McCall Smith Mma Ramotswe's ever-ready tiny white van has recently developed a rather disturbing noise. Of course, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni -- her estimable husband and one of Botswana's most talented mechanics -- is the man to turn to for help. But Precious suspects he might simply condemn the van and replace it with something more modern. And as u... more »sual, her suspicions are well-founded: without telling her, he sells the van and saddles his wife with a new, characterless vehicle... a situation that must be remedied.
And so she sets out to find the van, unaware, for the moment, that it has already been stolen from the man who bought it, making recovery a more complicated process than she had expected. In the meantime, all is not going smoothly for Mma Makutsi in her engagement to Mr Phuti Radiphuti (to make matters worse, Violet Sephotho, who could not have gotten more than fifty percent on her typing final at the Botswana Secretarial School, is involved). And finally, the proprietor of a local football team has enlisted the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to help explain its dreadful losing streak: surely someone must be fixing the games, it can't just be a case of unskilled players. And as we know, there are few mysteries that can't be solved and fewer problems that can't be fixed when Precious Ramotswe puts her mind to it.« less
It's hard for me to rate this book compared to the others in the series because once I love a series, I love the whole thing. This book is more of the same. Everyday drama involving love of a car, love of a man, and as always, love of a country. Small intrigues and big wisdom. The writing is simple and clear, the characters are revealed a bit more in every book.
I love the concept, and the inclusiveness, of "traditionally built." It epitomizes something about these books, some kind of comfortable acceptance with people and their various sizes and shapes and idiosyncracies.
This charming book is replete with bits of philosophy and wisdom that make you smile. Contrasted with the pessimism you feel reading the news, this reflects real life traits while still leaving you feeling good.