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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | [Alexander McCall Smith]

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious Ramotswe fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.
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Publisher's Summary

The 10th entry in the internationally best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series finds Precious Ramotswe investigating a mystery that hits close to home.

When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

Listen to the other titles in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

©2009 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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"A literary confection of gossamer deliciousness....There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Joan Rice, VA, United States 06-01-09
    Joan Rice, VA, United States 06-01-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as others"

    A nice, easy story - just not as interesting as previous listens. The main characters are all present and the reader is excellent. Worth the download; still, not as good as previous #1 Women's Detective Agency books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 05-31-09
    Lisa 05-31-09
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    "This series makes my life better"

    After reading the first Ladies No 1 Detective Agency book, I wrote that it could cure any existential crisis. This latest is just as good - extremely pleasurable and captivating. A few of the other books in the series have not been quite as fantastic as the original, but this installment keeps the series alive and kicking. There is not much going on in the way of suspense or "detection," but the characters are compelling, and I remain captivated by the cultural tidbits that McCall Smith provides. Lesette Lecat is a fantastic narrator, and the tempo of the book is slow, calm, and lovely.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 04-27-09
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 04-27-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Mma. Ramotswe never disappoints="

    This was another fun one.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-09-09
    Jo Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-09-09
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    "A flat ending to a wonderful series"

    I debated with myself long and hard about staying around for this last novel, but I loved the characters and had been totally captivated by their adventures. As it happened, though, I was very disappointed in this final installment and agree with the reader who opined that the author had just phoned this one in. By the end of the series I was utterly bored with the long rambling passages about tea, shoes, and the tiny white van.To end on a better note, skip this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LAWoman 05-27-09
    LAWoman 05-27-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Not up to par with the others in the series"

    Sounds like McCall Smith phoned it in and got paid by the word. The other books in the series are so charming and delightful - this one is just boring. I would normally not recommend getting an abridged version, but that might be better. There are passages that go on and on about nothing. And the main plot is really a dud.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Kzo Kalamazoo, MI United States 05-21-09
    Tom Kzo Kalamazoo, MI United States 05-21-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Major disappointment"

    Nothing much happens in this story. Rather difficult to get through waiting for some action other than looking for a van that had to be scrapped, worrying if one will lose their fiance, or is some team player purposely losing the soccer matches.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sheila mcfarlane 06-17-09
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    "Don't wast your time"

    If you like very slow repetitive novels , buy this. I thought I was never going to get to the end, but was glad when I did.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel M. 08-24-09
    Nigel M. 08-24-09 Member Since 2014
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    "A real effort"

    This is my first of this author, and it will be my last. The pace was painfully slow and there wasnt' a single shred of any real plot. I won't waste my time with any others by McCall Smith. It got one star because the narration was good.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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