The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith

80%

18 Critic Reviews

It is all but impossible to criticise this novel; that would be like kicking a slightly senile labrador that always retrieves a ball when you throw it, whether you like it or not.
-Guardian

Synopsis

THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 13

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.
 
Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. Odd as this is, she’s far too busy to worry about it. The best apprentice at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors is in trouble with the law and stuck with the worst lawyer in Gaborone. Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are building the house of their dreams, but their builder is not completely on the up and up. And, most shockingly, Mma Potokwane, defender of Botswana’s weak and downtrodden, has been dismissed from her post as matron at the orphan farm. Can the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency help restore the beloved matron to her rightful position?
 
As wealthy and powerful influences at the orphan farm become allied against their friend, help arrives from an unexpected visitor: the tall stranger from Mma Ramotswe’s dreams, who turns out to be none other than the estimable Clovis Andersen, author of the No. 1 Ladies’ prized manual, The Principles of Private Detection. Together, Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi, and their teacher-turned-colleague help right this injustice and in the process discover something new about being a good detective.


BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Alexander McCall Smith's The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon.  

 

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 3, 2012 by Anchor. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
All: 18 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
Mar 15 2012

Longer but not better than the 12 earlier accounts of the Agency.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Philip Womack on Mar 31 2012

It is all but impossible to criticise this novel; that would be like kicking a slightly senile labrador that always retrieves a ball when you throw it, whether you like it or not.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 05 2012

Smith wisely doesn’t tamper with his winning recipe for literary comfort food in his 13th excursion to Gaborone, Botswana...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Roz Shea on Apr 13 2012

Each edition of the series is like a love letter to the graceful way of life in Gabaron, Botswana.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Ruth Ng on Mar 01 2012

I feel incredibly safe when I read these stories. I know what to expect, and how the book will make me feel, and they are always such an absolute pleasure to read. Books can fulfil different purposes in your life, and these books always leave me feeling more positive, more optimistic, more content.

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City Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Deborah Lee Rose on Apr 27 2012

I find myself gulping each new novel for the first read, then going back to savor them as Mma Ramotswe does her many daily cups of red bush tea.

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Scotsman.com

Excellent
Mar 24 2012

For all that, though, these gentle stories of manners and morality have a clarity that is surely one of the reasons for their widespread appeal.

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Women's Post

Below average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Read on Apr 11 2012

The appearance of Clovis Anderson in Gaborone, while delightful, is rather implausible.

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The Summerville Patch

Excellent
Reviewed by Rebecca Westfall on May 04 2012

For those who have loved this series, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection ranks with the best.

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The Nature of Things

Good
May 03 2012

he Limpopo Academy of Private Detection is the thirteenth in this series, and, in my opinion, it is one of the very best.

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Mysteries in Paradise

Good
Reviewed by Kerrie Smith on Mar 20 2012

The stories feel fresh and while there's no murder there's plenty of everyday life, the stuff that makes these cozies so satisfying.

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Mal Warwick's Blog on Books

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Reviewed by Mal Warwick on Apr 20 2012

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection is the 13th. . .in Smith’s. . .series of novels about the #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. . .To my mind, it’s one of the best.

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The Indextrious Reader Blog

Good
Reviewed by Melwyk on May 26 2012

Once again, a great entry into the series by McCall Smith. His trademark observations about human nature abound, as well as descriptions of the magnificence of the Botswana landscape.

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Choose and Books

Good
May 14 2012

Respect, morality, courtesy, virtue and personal integrity are McCall Smith's strong suit when writing his No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

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Essay-eh

Good
Reviewed by Carol Tulpar on Jun 13 2012

The themes of the story are underpinned by the logic, wisdom and values of old Botswana.

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From the Recamier

Good
Reviewed by Kathryn on May 30 2012

This particular novel is, like all the others, charming and heartwarming, and I very much liked this particular book.

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Tales Untangled

Good
Reviewed by Michele on May 11 2012

I believe one of the reasons that The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series is so popular is because of the characters; their quirks, honest portrayal of the human character and their reactions to each situation.

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Through a Glass, Darkly

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Reviewed by Kari

...but this one in particular impressed me with the humanity of the storylines and how much it loved the characters that I have come to love, too.

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