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Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 3) (original 2001; edition 2002)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Title:Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 3)
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith
Info:Anchor (2002), Paperback, 227 pages
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Precious Ramotswe continues to solve cases in her usual way always trying to make peoples lives better when she is finished. In this version of the series she faces the fact that she is not making enough money to stay solvent. Her fiancee, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, says she must lay off Mma Makutsi who she had just promoted from secretary to Assistant Detective. Shortly she becomes aware that he has been skipping work at his garage.

On top of finding solutions to these personal problems, Precious takes a case which means she has to find out who is poisoning the brother of an important "Government Man". Her assistant takes on the added duty of managing Mr. Matekoni's garage as well as finding which of the five young women competing for Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest is the best girl in the group.

This is a very busy few weeks in the life of these wonderful people and I haven't mentioned the mystery of the six year old boy who is found in bush naked and acting like an animal. ( )
  lamour | Mar 30, 2017 |
The third installment in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is like slipping into an afternoon visit with Precious Ramotswe, her fiance J.L.B. Matekoni and her assistant detective Mma Makutsi. In this installment, the focus is more on Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi. I enjoyed reading more about Mma Makutsi and loved how she handles takes on a case on her own while managing the apprentices at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and implementing some sound business changes in Matekoni's absence. As with the previous books in the series, it reads more like a collection of stories and the mysteries brought to Mma Ramotswe have more of a moral vein to them, which I enjoy as we get to see Mma Ramotswe assessing how to best solve the moral problems in a manner that is best for all parties, compared to more straightforward decisions of right and wrong from a strictly legal perspective. That being said, some of the sub-plots, like the mystery of the wild child found in the wilderness, seemed to be just unresolved filler.

Overall, another enjoyable visit to Mma Ramotswe's Botswana. ( )
  lkernagh | Mar 26, 2017 |
Yet another lovely book. I don't seem to tire of listening to these! ( )
  jvgravy | Oct 14, 2016 |
This is the third of Alexander McCall Smith’s Botswana-based stories. Alexander McCall Smith has continued Mma Ramotswe’s path solving crimes, although crimes a bit of a misnomer, in this series. Each crime, or investigation, is told in a group of short stories.

Mma Ramotswe is not only solving other people’s problems in this read. She has found herself in the same plight of many new businesses : financial strain. Her fiancé, Mr. Matekoni is also suffering from financial strain, as well as health related issues. Instead of firing her only staff , Mma Makutsi, she promotes her and passes on more responsibilty. Mma Makutsi performs a few of her own investigations as well as running Mr. Matekoni's car business while he is away.

The investigative activities continue to be unreal, but in a comical, humorous and delightful way. For example, Mma Ramotswe is conducting her surveillance in a single white van, that more than likely would not be hard to spot in light traffic. Need I add, the use of a single vehicle in heavy traffic and stop lights you would more than likely loose the vehicle you are following.

Morality for Beautiful Girls is a quick and pleasant read. However, there are a couple of subplots, for example, the strange boy found in the wilderness, Mma Makutsi’s ill brother, and Mma Makutsi’s own mysterious past, that were not solved. I am hoping the fourth book in this series will shed more light on the subplots.

I received this book from TripFiction in exchange for an honest review.
  WanderRoxyBooks | Sep 1, 2016 |
3.5 Stars, A good light read. Preferred books 1 and 2. Not much interaction between Precious Ramotswe and Mr. J L B Matekoni, and I felt this was a big miss. I would also have liked more about cases she was identified. The ones in the book were quite light. Having said that it was another good read, and I was pleased to see the development of Mma Makutsi. i wil leagerly await the reading of the fourth one, and want to try the other series by Alexander McCall Smith. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
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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.
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"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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THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY published in 1998, introduced the world to the one and only Precious Ramotswe, the engaging and sassy owner of Botswana's only detective agency. TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE took us further into this world, and now, continuing the adventures of Mma Ramotswe, MORALITY FOR BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, finds her expanding her business to take in the world of car repair and a beauty pageant. Alexander McCall Smith's sense of humour and gentle charm have created a substantial cult following. MORALITY FOR BEAUTIFUL GIRLS will win him yet more fans.

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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. -- back cover.… (more)

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