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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14 | [Alexander McCall Smith]

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Deborah Dalton Alexandria, VA, United States 08-19-14
    Deborah Dalton Alexandria, VA, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Narration - great story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon the most enjoyable?

    Lissette Lecat is a wonderful voice for the characters in this book. Alexander McCall Smith's Botswana is as usual a great story setting and the characters' interactions in this story continue the long time relationship that has built over the series.


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    Nancy Schotter Lincoln, RI United States 07-15-14
    Nancy Schotter Lincoln, RI United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "delightful story, good narration, addicting!"
    Would you listen to The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon again? Why?

    No, I don not usually listen twice


    What other book might you compare The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon to and why?

    Other books by McCall Smith


    What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her accent and the way she can pronounce names-great!


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

    ???


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    Elizabeth Kingswood Seattle, WA 07-04-14
    Elizabeth Kingswood Seattle, WA 07-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Book 14 and still going strong"
    Would you listen to The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon again? Why?

    The wonderful fun and adventure continues in yet another installment of the ladies at the #1 LDA. Like visiting with your best friends and hearing all the latest gossip, one can never get enough of these characters and the world they inhabit.


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    J. Mott 04-17-14
    J. Mott 04-17-14

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    "Comfort food for the brain!"
    Would you listen to The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon again? Why?

    Yes. At bedtime. To read me to sleep.


    Would you recommend The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon to your friends? Why or why not?

    For followers of this lovely series, it's another little interlude to enjoy. For others? Probably not.


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

    Each of the primary characters are so familiar now that they seem perfectly read.


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

    The ladies of Botswana are at it again!


    Any additional comments?

    You don't read these books for great adventure. You read them because they are gentle stories that give your heart a place to rest.

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    Kim Di Rienz MONTGOMERY, PA, US 04-06-14
    Kim Di Rienz MONTGOMERY, PA, US 04-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Narration"
    What did you love best about The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon?

    The main reason I continue to "read" books in this series is the narration by Lisette Lecat. She brings the story to life.


    What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy the voices she uses and learning the correct pronunciations of the places mentioned.


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    Salley Atlanta, GA, United States 03-29-14
    Salley Atlanta, GA, United States 03-29-14
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    I would, but would rather wait for the next


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Madame Kootzie (misspelled)


    What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    dialect


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, I just found the whole book charming and so easy to listen to. Always left me in a good mood and smiling when I left off......


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    Anne 03-13-14
    Anne 03-13-14
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    I fear McCall Smith is beginning to phone these in. This book doesn't reflect the usual wit that Smith brings to these characters. I appreciate that the principle characters are experiencing some changes, but the pace has become glacial. And I was disappointed by the nature of the "cases" the agency is handling in this book. I'd like Smith to not forget that this is a detective agency... the last two books are only marginally "detective stories."

    I suspect Smith has stretched himself thin. We'll see.

    Having said that, Lisette Lecat continues to do a brilliant job narrating these lovely characters.

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    Happydaze 02-24-14
    Happydaze 02-24-14
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    "Wonderful--as usual!"
    If you could sum up The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon in three words, what would they be?

    I have been a faithful listener of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books for years. I also have the print versions of most of the books in the series, but I prefer to listen because of Lisette Lecat's beautiful narration. I savor each of these books, and I kind of ration myself in listening in order to help the book last longer! I eagerly anticipate the next book in the series.


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