Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
(No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 10)

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Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective.  In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, 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.

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About Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. www.alexandermccallsmith.com
Published April 14, 2009 by Anchor. 257 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Despite her complete ignorance of the game and her client’s failure to pay a retainer, Botswana’s preeminent detective conscientiously begins interviewing Swoopers to find out who is the rotten link.

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The 10th installment in the comfy saga of Botswana’s only lady detective brings new, but not startling, problems to bear in Precious Ramotswe’s thriving business.

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This month sees the publication of two new novels by Alexander McCall Smith, Tea Time For The Traditionally Built and The Double Comfort Safari Club, the 10th and 11th instalments in the phenomenally successful No.

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Whereas Mma Makutsi believes that “The trouble with this country [is] that there are too many people sitting down in other people’s chairs,” Mma Ramotswe believes that “if a chair is empty, then anybody should be welcome to sit in it…Maybe the real problem with the modern world,” she emphasizes,...

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Grace has to deal with her own personal issues, as an arch enemy from the secretarial school sets her sights on her fiance Phuti Radiphuti of the Double Comfort Furniture Shop - and many cups are tea are drunk in very different settings in the sleuthing process.

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