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 Precious Ramotswe, founder and owner of the only detective agency for the concerns of both ladies and others, investigates the alleged poisoning of the brother of an important "Government Man," and the moral character of the four finalists of the Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest, the winner of which will almost certainly be a contesta... more »nt for the title of Miss Botswana.
Yet her business is having money problems, and when other difficulties arise at her fiance's Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, she discovers the reliable Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is more complicated then he seems.« less
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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.
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.
Susan L. (Suzieleigh) reviewed Morality for Beautiful Girls (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 3) on
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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.
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