As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and the resumption of the eternal cycle, seismic upheaval is taking place at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband, but after her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Ramotswe's challenging but irreplaceable associate Mma Makutsi has joyful news.
With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, Mma Ramotswe must tackle tea-making and detective work alone. Well-known troublemaker Violet Sephotho may or 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 No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is resilient and adaptable, and change brings salutary lessons: that our enemies are not always obvious, that a snake under the bed may be an ally, and that a mother's love conquers all.
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.
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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.