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Morality For Beautiful Girls: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | [Alexander McCall Smith]

Morality For Beautiful Girls: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious' hands are full. The four Miss Beauty and Integrity pageant finalists may have questionable moral fiber, and the brother of an important government worker has allegedly been poisoned. On top of all that, Precious' reliable fianci might be hiding something.
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Publisher's Summary

The quick-witted, good-natured detective Mma "Precious" Ramotswe shines in this irresistible best seller. It continues the charming series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, hailed as one of the "International Books of the Year and the Millennium" by the Times Literary Supplement

Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious' hands are full. The four Miss Beauty and Integrity pageant finalists may have questionable moral fiber, and the brother of an important government worker has allegedly been poisoned. On top of all that, Precious' reliable fianci might be hiding something.

Life is more difficult than ever at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but it's nothing a little clear thinking and a few mugs of bush tea can't candle.

Listen to the other titles in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

©2001 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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"Thoroughly engaging and entertaining." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Janet Pinehurst, NC, USA 11-27-03
    Janet Pinehurst, NC, USA 11-27-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Refreshing view of life in a small country"

    Precious Ramotswe, a "traditional" African lady solves the many problems that crowd into her life with grace and intelligence. Although her main mystery is that of an important government worker who fears his brother is being poisoned by an unworthy sister-in-law, Mma Ramotswe finds time to deal with a handicapped foster child, a fiance with health problems, and the needs of her valued assistant. She sails through adversity and washes away the muddles with bush tea and common sense.

    The book is beautifully read by Lisette Lecat. Smith's musical prose is enhanced by her talents, and life in Botswana comes alive. It is a wonderful listening experience.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Madison, WI, USA 03-08-04
    Tracy Madison, WI, USA 03-08-04
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    "a beautiful voice, a fascinating culture"

    These stories are not so much mysteries as they are windows into faraway cultures. Precious Ramotswe is a real Miss Marple -- she deals with people's problems based on her knowledge of human nature. This engaging book is full of fascinating characters and you'll want to see how Mma Ramotswe handles them all. Listening to these books really heightens the experience as you'll find out how Molepole and Gabarone and all these wonderful names should be pronounced. I love these books in print and I love them on audio.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean United States 02-11-12
    Jean United States 02-11-12
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    "Love this series. Lecat is great as narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I think it's a great listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Morality For Beautiful Girls?

    When Mma Makutse found the right girl for the pageant.


    What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

    She's outstanding


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Austin, TX, USA 03-26-05
    Elizabeth Austin, TX, USA 03-26-05
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    "Wonderful"

    Although this series of books aren't really mysteries, they are all enjoyable reads. This book is weaker than some of the others, and I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series with "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency", but if you liked the other books by this author, you will likely enjoy this one as well. The narration is first-rate (an important quality, in my opinion--a bad narrator can ruin a good book), and the characters are quite endearing. This is a good book if you're looking for a light, entertaining, and well-written story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Fort Myers, FL, USA 03-01-04
    Lori Fort Myers, FL, USA 03-01-04
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    "An entertaining listen"

    A wonderful continuation of an unusual detective's career. While not quite as good as No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, it is still well worth a listen. Precious continues to display wisdom and insight and you can't finish without wanting to take a trip to Africa. I look forward to more from this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E. Pearson Idaho 05-01-14
    E. Pearson Idaho 05-01-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Perfection in a Series"

    Occasionally I get a bit tired of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, though after a break I soon return. Morality For Beauitful Girls exceeds any caution I may have held. I believe it presents the maturation of McCall Smith's approach in this series at his best: well-timed and well-tuned wit, character self-analysis in just the right balance with the unfolding narrative, and the presentation of all to admire in Botswanan culture and world outlook. This is the one novel I would recommend to a somewhat reluctant newcomer: "Read this one first and you'll revel and wish to emulate surprising characteristics of Mme Ramatswe, her associates, and one nation's realism mingled with hope."

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-23-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-23-14 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "#3 in the Series . . . I'm Loving Botswana"

    One of the most soothing and relaxing thing about this series is the narration by Lisette Lecat. I feel like I am there in Botswana, drinking bush tea, and contemplating the the mysteries that need to be solved at No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. The kindness, forethought, and wisdom these two women use in exploring and solving their cases warms the heart. And it gives you insight into the lives of the people of Africa, their customs and beliefs. I am SO enjoying this journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbora B. Quayle Clinton, NY USA 06-25-12
    Debbora B. Quayle Clinton, NY USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely wonderful"
    What made the experience of listening to Morality For Beautiful Girls the most enjoyable?

    I'm rating this book but my comments are for the entire series. I fell in love with "The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency" when I first discovered it on Netflix. Disappointed that the TV program only ran one season, I went looking for the book(s). To my delight, I found the TV show was based on a whole series and (best of all) they were available at Audible.com. The stories are engaging, heart warming, wise and charming. Some in the series have stronger story lines than others but none of them are weak and they hang together very well as a series. I always look forward to the next book. Lisette Lecat brings each character to life with her rich voice and liquid English/African accent. She is perfect. This series will be enjoyed by adults and older children alike.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Norristown, Pa usa 05-12-12
    Amazon Customer Norristown, Pa usa 05-12-12 Member Since 2012

    life reader

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    "beautiful, tender story"
    Where does Morality For Beautiful Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top ten


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    just enough happened to keep you wondering how it will work out.


    Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

    precious ramotswe


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to manage an auto mechanic garage


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    Allan Kennewick, WA, United States 05-01-12
    Allan Kennewick, WA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "the beauty of traditional morality"

    The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories refresh my soul. There are no great crises or high drama, but rather remarkable interesting characters who face and resolve ordinary problems and the problems of others with dignity and fairness. Reading these stories is like a dip in a cold stream fed pool after a long hot hike. The performance is good, but I sped up the narration a bit. Listening to the audio version makes me wants to purchase the kindle version for future beach reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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