Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

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

Book 53 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge
Book 5 of 10 for the Orbis Terrarum Challenge (Zimbabwe/Scotland)

rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reading the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books is like floating down a lazy river on a lovely summer afternoon. Leisurely and well-paced, this 10th installment does not disappoint.

These short novels are not really classic formula mysteries, but there is always an interesting case to be solved during the course of each book. As for the mystery element of this book, Precious Ramotswe and her partner, Grace Makutsi, are charged with finding out who is betraying the local football (soccer) team.

On the personal front, Precious is having continued troubles with her little white van, and Grace is fearing her fiancee will be sucked into the charms of her arch-nemesis Violet. The thing I love about these books is the astute observations made about human nature that show consistency regardless of culture, race, location, religion, or economic position.

If you have not read books in this series, I highly recommend them!


bermudaonion said...

I used to really enjoy this series and then I got a little tired of it. I should try the next book in it since it's been a while since I've read one.

Andi said...

Oh how I love the traditionally built! ;)

Anonymous said...

I have got so far behind on this series I think I need to start again, great review thanks!