THE FOURTEENTH BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES
The one with the one hundred per cent new addition . . .
There are joyful tidings at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency with the arrival of Mma Makutsi's baby. However, while her assistant is busy with motherhood, Mma Ramotswe must tackle tea-making and detective work alone. Well-known troublemaker Violet Sephotho may or may not be behind a smear campaign against the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, and a dispute over the will of a local dignitary points to a shocking family secret. But the agency is resilient, adaptable and open to useful lessons - in particular, that our enemies and allies are not always obvious.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency could be about to lose its #2 investigator in Smith's endearing 14th installment of the bestselling Botswana-set series (after 2012's The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection). One hardly needs the renowned deductive powers of agency head Mma Precious Ramotswe to notice the growing bulk beneath the increasingly voluminous garb of recently married second-in-command Mma Grace Makutsi. But the normally frighteningly efficient assistant stays mum as the pair try to establish whether the young "nephew" attempting to claim a dead man's estate is in fact an imposter. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe allows herself to be snookered into figuring out who's mounting a smear campaign against the titular beauty establishment. The two story lines work as serviceably as Mma Ramotswe's doughty white van to propel the story forward, but the book's appeal lies less in deduction than irrepressible characters, intriguing local lore, and bone-deep love of Africa.
Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
It was wonderful to revisit the gentle world of Mma Ramotswe. The lessons were worked beautifully and subtly into the story as usual. What a lovely, uplifting book.
Thank you Mr McCall Smith
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
Another delightful read by Alexander McCall Smith. I have read every single No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and they never disappoint. Alexander knows the gentle African ways and communicates them so well in the stories. There are many Mma Ramotswes in Africa,and she solves her crimes in a very well thought out way, without malice! I hope other readers enjoy the books as I do.