Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
UK first edition
AuthorAlexander McCall Smith
SeriesThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #10
GenreDetective, Mystery novel
Published2009 Little, Brown
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback), Audio (CD)
Preceded byThe Miracle at Speedy Motors
Followed byThe Double Comfort Safari Club

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, published in 2009, is the tenth in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith, set in Gaborone, Botswana, and featuring the Motswana protagonist Precious Ramotswe.

Plot summary[edit]

Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree that there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. The glamorous Violet Sephotho sets her sights on Mma Makutsi's unsuspecting fiance and it becomes clear that some men do not know how to recognise a ruthless Jezebel even when she is bouncing up and down on the best bed in the Double Comfort Furniture Shop.

In her attempt to foster understanding between the sexes and find the traitor on Mr Football's team, Mma Ramotswe ventures into new territory, with the help of an observant small boy.


Mma Ramotswe's newest client is the big-shot owner of the ailing football club, the Kalahari Swoopers, but the lady detectives know very little about football.



This novel is concerned with themes of loyalty, relations between the sexes and often the need to dig deep to uncover the goodness of the human heart.