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Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander…

Morality for Beautiful Girls (2001)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (3)

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In Morality for Beautiful Girls, 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 contestant 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 than he seems.… (more)



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Asked to decide the winner, based on character, of a local beauty contest, Precious Ramotswe sets out to interview all of the contestants. More things happen along the way. There's never much of a mystery but these books are delightful all the same. I love to ride along through the old Botswana with Mme Ramotswe who investigates at her measured pace. Her assistant, Grace Makutsi, plays a larger role in this, the third of the series. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Jan 9, 2020 |
Ladies detective agency in Botswana
  lauriehill | Dec 7, 2019 |
This wasn't quite what I was expecting, after hearing the series praised very highly by a couple of people. At first I thought that the writing was simply bad, as it is very stilted, but as I continued reading, I began to wonder if it wasn't just that it follows the local speech patterns. It seems stilted and strange - almost childish - to me, because those speech patterns are unfamiliar. It would explain a lot.
Either way, there isn't really much to write home about in terms of story, but once I'd finally gotten used to it, it read relatively quickly. ( )
  Sammystarbuck | Nov 6, 2019 |
Precious Ramotswe has been given some challenging cases but has to deal with Matekoni feeling low. She and her assistant, Mma Makutsi need to move The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to Matekoni's Speedy Motors offices to consolidate space and save money.

Makutsi takes on managing Speedy Motors while Matekoni is unwell, and begins to organize the business while changing the two careless apprentices for the better. Before long more customers, mostly women are patronizing the repair shop. She also solves a case involving a beauty pageant using her strong interviewing and listening skills.

This allows Ramotswe to consider the best options to help her fiancé find himself. She also works on a difficult case by staying at her client's family home; listening, watching, and understanding what is really going on. And she addresses it with her signature confidence, tact and kindess.

About making choices in life; to be silly, selfish and irresponsible or to work hard and be helpful and loving toward family and community.

It would be easy to believe series is too simple but that is its charm and appeal. Not as fast-paced or violent as countless mystery series are, The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency approaches its cases through contemplation, philosophical thought, integrity and careful deduction.

Excellent read if like me, you want a smart series that is less frenetic than most, this is for you.
  Bookish59 | Feb 16, 2019 |
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are back solving more cases in Gaborone. This book was a fitting companion to the previous two titles in the series, continuing with the characters and their lives as they go about their work. Another satisfying read in the early part of the series before it started getting to be 'same old, same old.' ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 22, 2018 |
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Mma Ramotswe, the daughter of the late Obed Ramotswe of Mochudi, near Gaborone, Botswana, Africa, was the announced fiance of Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, son of the late Pumphamilitse Matekoni, of Tlokweng, peasant farmer and latterly chief caretaker of the Railway Head Office.
"Who was to tell another person what size they should be? It was a form of dictatorship, by the thin, and she was not having any of it. If these thin people became any more insistent, then more generously sized people would just have to sit on them. Yes, that would teach them! Hah!"
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