Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First, she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew.
Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice. The opening of her new salon has been shadowed by misfortune. Not only has she received a bad omen in the mail, but rumors are swirling that the salon is using dangerous products that burn people’s skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business?
Meanwhile, at the office, Mma Ramotswe has noticed something different about Grace Makutsi lately. Though Mma Makutsi has mentioned nothing, it has become clear that she is pregnant . . . But in Botswana - a land where family has always been held above all else - this may be cause for controversy as well as celebration.
With genuine warmth, sympathy, and wit, Alexander McCall Smith explores some tough questions about married life, parenthood, grief, and the importance of the traditions that shape and guide our lives.
©2013 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2013 Recorded Books
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It is with thorough approval that I declare "The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon" to be just exactly like all the other Mma Ramatswe stories.
Predictability, reassurance, comfort are not bad things in every case, and Alexander McCall Smith keeps reminding us why. In a modern, fast-moving, cynical world it's a wonderful pleasure to put up your feet in front of the fire, relax, and listen to the superb Lisette Lecat reading about the good woman of Botswana. Reader and character are never cloying, never "cute" - just a reminder that simplicity and goodness can still exist.
I like that this world changes little, that the quiet humor and unfailing kindness and tolerance of our lady detective can be depended upon.
These gentle books are not for every mood, to be sure. But I hope they keep coming - I love these visits!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I have read all of the 1st Ladies Detective Agency series and can hardly wait for the next book to be released. “The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon” is the newest book; I believe it is number 14. McCall Smith manages to portray the leisurely pace of Africa in the book. I love how he weaves philosophical arguments into each of his stories. In this story the philosophical arguments are about good and evil, on importance of friendship and to a discussion of traditional vs. modern beliefs. His writing is excellent and he builds such unique and believable characters. In this book Mma Grace Makutsi is pregnant then later delivers a baby boy. Phut Radiphut’s aunt moves into the house with Mma Makutsi and Phut which creates a difficult situation as she insist on following the traditional ways and Grace the modern way. Precious Ramotswe takes on 2 puzzling cases. The first one is for solicitor Mma Sheba, who is the executor of the will of a farmer Edgar Molopo. She thinks the man who came forward to claim the inheritance of a farm is not really his nephew. Mma Sheba asks Mma Ramotswe to find out if he is actually the nephew. The second case is of Mma Soleti the owner of the Minor adjustment beauty salon who received a bad omen in the mail and is now under attack of rumors about poor service of her salon. How she goes about solving these problems is delightful and why I love Alexander McCall Smith stories. Smith’s descriptions of the countryside, the markets, and the people make me want to travel to Botswana. Lisette Lecat was the narrator of the story. She is from South Africa and does the accents and is able to pronounce all the names with great accuracy and with the rhythm of Africa and makes it a delight to listen to.
Always a pleasure to head back to Botswana and I was immediately engaged in the tale. When it ended, I thought there must be some mistake, I double checked that it had downloaded correctly! It's one thing to solve the "mysteries" and another to just talk about solving them--which is what the novel did. It seemed like the last two chapters must be missing.
No, although I loved it while it lasted, I am still frustrated by the lack of resolution and abrupt ending.
After the first couple of books in the series one only reads them for the characters because there are little or now mysteries. However the characters, Africa, and the life of simple pleasure and morals make it a life affirming read. The reader is the same for all books and is always out-of-this-world perfect.
My only warning if you are considering the series start at the beginning. My wish for the author would be to put a bit more mystery back into the books although he probably knows people like me are addicted to his characters. I'm typically a guy that likes thrillers, with lots of violence and action. There is none of that in these books but Precious, the main character, is my guilty pleasure.
I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.
Somehow I don't feel like I am the only listener who pines for the next installment of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (read by Lisette Lecat). Each new installment is like a visit by a lovely old friend.
Dang…I feel so positive when I am done listening to each book…if I needed therapy I would choose Mma Precious Ramotswe as my shrink…she can fix just about anyone except Violet Sephotho.
This series makes me want to do two things: rejoin the Peace Corps and drink Red Bush Tea (which I now have in my pantry). That picture to the left is me in Liberia in 1978.
Friends, here is another spectacular winner in a long series of great listens written by A.M. Smith.
How nice to be able to listen to the wonderful narration of Lisette Lecat telling the tale of another phase of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency! Always a pleasure to slow down a bit and continue the story of Precious, Grace and their families. If you've read others in this series, you certainly won't be disappointed with this one.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Fans of the series, here is another book that will strengthen our friendship with the people we've come to know and love. This series has become that wonderful annual conversation you have with the closest of friends that you don't see often, but have strong feelings for.
This is not a series where you can start in the middle, it requires you to put in the time to get to know the players and the rhythm of the narrator - - who is marvelous. This story is slightly less family-friendly than some of the others, so a slight note of warning if you're listening with small ones. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the trip back to Botswana.
I've been a fan of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency books since book 1 in 1999. I started getting hard covers then I started listening - usually on the day they were released. I've been looking forward to this addition to the series for 2 months! And I was not disappointed - it was well worth the wait.
No, these are NOT traditional mysteries although there are always a couple of puzzlers for Mma Precious Ramotswe to work on. The main thrust of the series is the growing relationships between the major characters. In The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon Grace Makutsi is married and having a baby. Regular readers will know who she is married to, how they met, what sorts of troubles they have. But Smith is good and does a bit of background work - not overdoing it. If necessary the book can stand alone.
One criminal plot thread involves a possible gaining an inheritance meant for someone else. Another small crime involves the slander of a beauty shop (hence the title). And winding through this book is the theme of modern Botswana vs old fashioned Botswana in several aspects.
Listening to Lisette Lecat is a joy. I smiled all the way through and occasionally I laughed out loud.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
Alexander McCall Smith, Thank you for giving me such joy in all your series. No 1 Ladies Detective Agency still has my number one Lady detectives. Mma Ramotswe always gets to the bottom and the heart of the mystery. She does this through integrity, keen observation, Clovis Anderson's rules of private detection and a little help from her friends.Can't wait for the next installment when Mma Makutse is full partner. I am sure it will be funny and heartwarming.
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