Book Reviews of Morality for Beautiful Girls (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 3)

Morality for Beautiful Girls (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 3)
Morality for Beautiful Girls - No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 3
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
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ISBN-13: 9781400031368
ISBN-10: 1400031362
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 240
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Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
I picked this up because the 3rd episode of the HBO series had a story that I was not familiar with. Sure enough, I found it in this 3rd volume of the series. I did not realize that they were jumping back and forth between books for their stories! But in this volume Mma Ramotswe has decided to move her detective agency into the same building as her fiance's Speedy Motors garage. When he falls into a clinical depression, she finds herself having to deal with both businesses, and promotes her secretary Mma Makutsi to assistant manager of the garage. She proves herself astonishingly capable as the garage flourishes and she turns the two lazy apprentices into hardworking mechanics. Meanwhile Mma Ramotswe has to spend a week in a farm investigating an important government official's family to find out who among them could be a murderer. While she is gone Mma Makutsi handles her first case on her own, investigating the finalists in a beauty contest to find out if they are morally worthy of the grand prize. It's another laid-back cozy mystery in this well-done series set in Botswana, Africa.
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Helpful Score: 2
An entertaining and heartwarming book with some of life's gentle mysteries being solved with common sense and compassion.
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Helpful Score: 2
Not as strong as the first two in the series, but still good.
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Helpful Score: 1
Another delightful cozy light mystery with Mma Ramotswe as Botswana's "Miss Marple" in charge of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and her helper Mma Makutsi and her fiance, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni-owner of the best authomobile repair in Botswana. Full of light humor and warm characters with simple wisdom.
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Helpful Score: 1
A quick and easy read, seemingly simple prose but sometimes pretty deep insights into humanity and relationships. Great series (part of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" books by McCall Smith)!
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Helpful Score: 1
One of a series under the umbrella of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency".
Delightful tales of a makeshift detective agency in Botswana Africa which is run by two native ladies who solve all sorts of mysteries while trying to maintain their personal lives. Very much worth the read. "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" is the first book in the series of six.Funny, endearing and very much worth the read. "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" is the first book in the series of six. I have posted in addition to the first book and this one" "The Kalahari Typing School For Men" and "Tears Of The Giraffe"
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Helpful Score: 1
You've got to love Precious Ramotswe and her No.1 Ladies Detective Agency..You're drawn to read the entire series.
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Helpful Score: 1
In this 3rd book of the series No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Precious Ramotswe and her assistant solve mysteries brought to them by an important Government Man, and a beauty queen event organizer. In addition, after moving her business into the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors owned by her fiance, she discovers that Mr.J.L.B. Matekoni has some personal problems that are affecting his business. Again, these lighthearted mysteries are a joy to read and I look forward to No. 4.
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Helpful Score: 1
Delightful, engaging and entertaining, Smith's series is the best, was sorry when the last page was turned.
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Helpful Score: 1
I am really enjoying this series, I think especially because the stories so much demonstrate actions of kindness. This is book three.
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Helpful Score: 1
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a wonderful series. It's nice to read a book where good things happen and even when bad things occur, it always works out in the end. This series is perfect summer reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
I like the insights into human nature stated very succintly by the No. 1 Ladies Detective. In this book, there were three interesting mysteries for her and her assistant to solve, plus some personal issues to be resolved. Again, very absorbing.
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Another intriguing Precious Ramotwswe novel.
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For anyone that likes the style of "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series, this is another great book.
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Light fun reading, part of a clever series of mystery stories solved by a delightful middle-aged woman in Botswana.
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More wit and wisdom of Mma Ramotswe.
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Book #3 in the wonderfully addictive No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Spunky Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's first ladies detective agnecy, investigates an alleged poisoning.
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Once hooked on this series, you will become one of McCall Smith's fans!
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Absolutely delightful. One of the best of Alexander McCall Smith's books.
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Great book...loving the series! Thanks paperbackswap for the chance to enjoy books 1-5 (so far!)
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Great Love this series!!!!!!!!!!!
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This third book in the series had a much more serious tone because Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is very depressed. Precious and her assistant have to take over running his business as well as continuing to run theirs. As usual, I loved reading about the characters and getting to know them and Botswana better.
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Light-hearted, easy read.
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another charming book in this delightful series!
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These books are so fun to read. I love how Smith writes because he introduces three plot lines that come together at the end. I am starting to have a love for Botswana and the people in these books because of the author's descriptions.
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Delightful, always wonderful Precious never lets me down. This one focuses a bit more of assistant detective, but really a fun, easy read....
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Another really good one from this series. You start to learn more about our main characters. These books remind me of having a cup of tea with an old friend. Give them a try if you haven't read them yet.
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I loved it!
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As always, I enjoyed reading about the delightful characters in this series. I can escape to a simpler place and a different culture. Love the "old Botswana" ways and the way they think and talk. They are so real. I recommend these books, not for the mystery, but for the sheer delight of being with these people in that place. Alexander McCall Smith is amazing as he writes about different types of people and cultures with such wisdom and understanding
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This is the 3rd or 4th book I've read from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series and this was definitely my favorite. Good read for people who like this series or someone wanting to start--I don't think they necessarily need to be read in order.
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the series continues.........not as enthralling as the other books but still and easy read
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This is the third book in the series. Just as delightful as the first two.
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Charming easy going tale of village life in Africa. Women will especially appreciate it.
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Excellent!
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This is a great book in a wonderfully written series. I love all of the books in this series.
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love this series!
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In another beautifully written story about the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe deals with trouble in her personal life while conducting and investigation for an important "Government Man" while Mma Makutsi exhibits unexpected talents in other areas.
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Mma Rowatswe, Botswana's Miss Marple, and her ever more accomplished assistant Mma Makutsi offer more insights, the third in the series. Doesn't disappoint.
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Wonderfully refreshing narration and storylines that relax the mind and rejuvenate the spirit.
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Another great story in the continuing series by Smith. The characters are rich and fun to read about. Changes are in the wind with these, but they get better all the time. Good cozy books.
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hard to believe this series is written by a man.
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This is the 3rd book in the "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series. I liked it better than the second one but not as much as the first. It's a delightful story.
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Another fun book in this series. I enjoyed it very much.
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This is the third of the Alexander McCall Smith's 'The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series'.
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A window to another world, where a different set of values rule. Charming.
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The #1 Ladies Detective Agency is set in Botswana, where Mma Ramotswe has opened the first woman owned detective agency. It is knowing human nature that allows Mma Ramotswe to solve her cases. This is a down to earth book, that allows you to think you could actually do the same thing she is doing. Very believable characters. I have enjoyed each of the books in the seies so far.
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This is a captivating series about Botswana and its only detective, Precious Ramotswe. The author paints a richly detailed picture of both the country and the characters through their personal lives and Mma Ramotswe's cases, and this is a breezy, engaging read.
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Once more we meet the characters so finely drawn in the previous books. This one focuses on Mma Ramotswe's quest to find the most moral of the finalists of the "Miss Beauty and Integrity" contest. It's another story full of characters you feel you know personally, and it's wonderful.
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Warm and wise, these books about Mma Ramotswe and her companions are fast, enjoyable reads. The plots are simple, sometimes episodic, but the people are real and engaging.
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A delightful book in the ongoing adventures of Mma Ramotswe.
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excellent series this is book 3 about the no. 1 Ladies Detective Agency--set in south Africa
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Another great book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective series. We learn more about the honorable Mma Makutsi and life in Botswana. A good read.
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3rd in McCall Smith's series, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."
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Third book in the series about Precious Ramotswe and her No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.
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Third in the series, and the series just keeps getting better. Can't wait to read #4
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This book was good, a bit slow at times....it is number 3 in the series and I didn't start with the first book, so found it diffiult to follow. Would be lovely for someone interested in the series.
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The reader, Lisette Lecat, does the accents beautifully. A thoroughly enjoyable book with great humor, modest mystery, and human dignity.
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easy read
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I love the series. Very interesting to learn about African culture with a humorous tone
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really like this series, but im starting to have some.. issues. first off- i want to say that i really like his descriptions of africa and the people of botswana. i havent read anything on the country, so i like the insight it gives.

my issues:
the book is titled morality for beautiful girls and the description on the back cover is about a case involving beauty contest contestants. unfortunately, that case doesnt come up until page 154! that's kind of annoying.

i think that some parts are getting to be too repetitive. i feel like in every other chapter Mma Ramotswe is described as having a "traditional build" and we are reminded of Mma Makutsi's score of 97 percent on her secretarial exam. i feel like saying "ok! we get the point! enough already!"

i'm digging the characters and the series, but i had another issue with Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni all of a sudden having a bout of depression. I felt like he was this perfect guy in the first 2 books and then BAM! he's depressed and kind of disappears. It came out of nowhere.

i also feel like my brain is turning to mush. i think that maybe tackling all of the books at once was a bit much. im thinking starting monday i might take a break. i like the simplicity of the series, but im starting to want more.
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really fun reading
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Another delightful outing from Mma Ramotswe and her No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This is the 3rd book in the series and it was just as enjoyable as the first two. These books are very laid back and are like a slice of life from Botswana. In this one, Mma Ramotswe investigates the alleged poisoning of the brother of an important "Government Man" and Mma Makutsi, assistant detective is also promoted to assistant manager of the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, when Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the owner and Mma Ramotswe's fiance, is apparently struck with depression. While Mma Ramotswe is working on the case for the Government man, Makutsi is tasked with looking into the moral character of the four finalists of the Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest, who may end up being Miss Botswana. She also takes charge of the apprentices at Speedy Motors and is actually able to make them productive! Very enjoyable and highly recommended!
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The No 1 Ladies Detctive Agency is at it again. Precoius Ramotswe, founder and owner of Botswana's only detective agency for the "concern if both ladies and others," investigates the alleged poisening of the brother of an important "Government Man," and the moral character of four finalists of the Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest.
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Mme Ramotswe continues her detective business. Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni becomes ill, and a government man says someone is trying to kill his brother.
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An enjoyable read that furthers the story of the ladies detective agancy.
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Great read
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The third in Alexander McCall Smith's novel, better known as the "Miss Marple of Botswana:
Precious Ramotswe is the founder and owner of Botwana's only detective agency for the "concerns of both ladies and others". Her stories are clever and comical, and it is easy to see that life is the same all over the world.
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Another book from "The No. 1 Ladies' Dectective Agency."