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Friday, May 29, 2009

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith

Mma Ramotswe is a traditionally built woman, a polite way of saying that she is overweight. She and her assistant, Mma Makutsi run the #1 Ladies Detective Agency, the only such agency in Botswana. Mma Ramotswe is asked by the owner of a football team to discover why his team keeps losing. Mma Makutsi is having problems with her fiance who has hired her nemesis to work at his furniture store. They manage to solve both problems and along the way we get to learn more about the culture and life in Botswana.
I have heard about these books for quite awhile now but this is the first that I have read. This book is the 10th in the series which starts with The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency. I found myself intrigued by the culture of Botswana and the personalities of Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi. It managed to be a gentle story without being cloyingly sweet and short enough that it could be read in an afternoon. There was no profanity or really anything very objectionable other than the woman who had 3 husbands and couldn't figure out how to tell them. There were a few other situations that would be considered more adult but it really was quite clean. Rated PG.

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