“The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection” by Alexander McCall Smith (2012)
It’s quite astonishing how long this simple little tale has taken to read. In pondering the weeks I have been limping through it, my only excuse is my deep desire to stay in Botswana for as long as possible. Every time I read a book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series it is like coming back to visit old friends, and I never want the visit to end. Mma Ramotswe is the balm to any kind of day and the people of the series make me happy. This is why I have steadfastly placed the book back on the bedside table after only one chapter each night. If I read more, it would end, and that seemed unbearable. Nevertheless, today came, and with it, the end of my journey in one job and the beginning of a new adventure on Monday, so it seemed like the perfect time to finish the book.
Generally, books in this series take a very measured and leisurely stroll through the plot. However, in “The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection” there is quite a bit more action than in some other books in the series. There are four different storylines to follow! Each one of them filled with intrigue and suspense. I can’t possibly give too much away, but if you are a fan of the series, you must read this book as we, at last, get to actually meet the great Clovis Andersen, who happens to be visiting Botswana from his home in Muncie, in the USA, and stumbles on the office of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency quite by accident. He is a delightful character and, despite being American, finds a place in Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi’s hearts – as he did in mine.
This is the thirteenth book in the series. I have read them all in order, as I do, but you could dip in and out of the series as you please without any problem. As far as this one goes, it’s a must read. Patrick is first in line, before you ask, Mummy, but you can go next, if you like. A book (from a series) that can be relied upon to truly satisfy.