Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, By Alexander McCall Smith

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Mma Ramotswe's latest assignment as Botswana's only lady detective leads her into unfamiliar terrain after a footballing kingpin sets her to work.

She is at first unsteady on her feet in this man's world: "She understood that goals were the object of the whole exercise, but could not any player score a goal?"

The tenth in McCall Smith's series sees the investigation often eclipsed by the charm of Mma's homespun wisdom - this time expounding her view on the sexes - and enchanting bucolic detail.