Children. The tenth novel in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by prolific author Alexander McCall Smith is titled, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built. With her gift for listening carefully to others, Precious Ramotswe solves cases this time out by listing to what comes from the mouths of children, who are often the most observant of creatures. Most of the action in this novel centers on the case of a local soccer team whom the owner expects is losing games because of the actions of a traitor. Along the way, Precious faces the demise of her beloved white van, and she grieves over this loss more than expected. A cup of bush tea goes a long way to helping one deal with all the challenges of life. Fans of this series will love the latest installment, and new readers can easily start here and then want to read others. Reading Smith’s books is like enjoying a piece of fine candy: sweet and satisfying.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)