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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
Format: Trade Paperback , 240 pages
Category: Fiction - Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths; Fiction - Women; Fiction - Humorous - General
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27747-3 (0-307-27747-X)
Also available as an eBook.
About The Book


Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.

In this latest installment in the endlessly entertaining series, Precious Ramotswe faces problems both personal and professional.
The first is the potential demise of an old friend, her tiny white van. Recently, it has developed a rather troubling knock, but she dare not consult the estimable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni for fear he may condemn the vehicle.  Meanwhile, her talented assistant Mma Makutsi is plagued by the reappearance of her nemesis, Violet Sephotho, who has taken a job at the Double Comfort Furniture store whose proprietor is none other than Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi’s fiancé.  Finally, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has been hired to explain the unexpected losing streak of a local football club, the Kalahari Swoopers.  But with Mma Ramotswe on the case, it seems certain that everything will be resolved satisfactorily.


“As wise and lovely as ever.”—USA Today
“[McCall Smith] is a master. . . . There's beauty and revelation of one kind or another woven expertly into every line.”—Christian Science Monitor 
“Alexander McCall Smith is a vivid observer and an elegant writer. . . . Like the best traditions, this series is one we hope will endure.”
The Plain Dealer
“It’s time for celebration. . . . McCall Smith has done it again.”
The Washington Times

Tea-time continues McCall Smith’s heartwarming focus on quotidian mysteries and small victories.”—Times-Picayune
"There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." —The New York Times Book Review
“What a treat to discover. . . . Brims with good humor and compassion.” —Entertainment Weekly

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