The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith

The first female detective of Botswana, Mma Ramotswe has had a portentous dream.  Normally a sound sleeper she has a vision of a tall man under an acacia tree.  But what does it mean?

And so starts the thirteenth installment of Alexander McCall Smith's charming cozy mystery series the No.1 Ladies Detective set in Botswana.  In this novel Precious Ramotswe's assistant Mma Makutsi is having issues with the construction of her new home.  While at Speedy Motors next door the previously squeaky-clean trainee mechanic Fanwell is in trouble with the law.  Then the indomitable matron of the orphan farm Mma Potokwani is sacked!

Precious Ramotswe is a charming character who while maintaining the old Botswanan ways of politeness and respect always manages to catch the culprits and put things right.  Never one to rush, many a mystery has been solved over a cup or two of redbush tea.

Although this book stands alone readers of the entire series will get a special thrill when then meaning of the vision is revealed.  For those who want to start at the beginning see the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.