Tea Time for the Traditionally Built is the tenth book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Novel series. I love, love, love this series, which centers on Precious Ramotswe, a woman in Botswana, as she opens her own detective agency and takes care of problems large and small. The language of these stories have the cadence of Africa, and the reader can feel the sun, the warmth, and the nature of the people through the language of these books.
In this installment, Precious’ “tiny white van” which has served her so faithfully is on its way out, much to her dismay. She is also hired to discover why a top football team (soccer in the US) is losing all its games. Parallel to these stories is the continued development of her assistant’s storyline: Grace Makutsi who is engaged to a furniture salesman and has formerly earned the coveted 97 percent on her secretarial exam. Other familiar faces: the two apprentices who never seem to graduate to become full-fledged mechanics, the foster children, and Precious’ husband, all are present as well.
Throughout these books, the sun shines, the people go on with their daily lives, and the characters develop. Each book is another chapter in their lives, often with the addition of new characters as well. I highly recommend these novels to those who love a light mystery and a story of human nature, told in an enchanting African style.
I give this series 5 Stars! I own all these books and my husband enjoys them, too. We usually pre-order them from Amazon.