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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

by Alexander McCall Smith

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I've read that the demographic for these books is middle-aged women. OK, I may not agree, but that describes me, so guilty as charged. I don't think you have to be a middle-aged woman to appreciate the kindness, the tenderness of this series and, specifically, of this book. I look forward to each one with joy, and put it down with love for the characters and appreciation for the seemingly effortless craft that the writer employs. McCall Smith calls out the best in us. That's no mean achievement. ( )
  CatherineBurkeHines | Nov 28, 2018 |
Precious Ramotswe is facing a new challenge. Grace Makutsi has gone out on maternity leave after the birth of her and Phuti Radiphuti's son--and the office is suddenly quiet. Too quiet. It's been a long time since Mma Ramotswe worked on a case without bouncing ideas off Mma Makutsi, and she finds it's not just Grace's awesome office skills she misses. But life and business must go on, and she has not one but two cases to work on.

Mma Soleti, owner of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, is the target of a nasty whispering campaign that's driving away her customers. And Mma Sheba, a lawyer Mma Ramotswe met a few years ago at a networking lunch for women professionals, wants to know if the young man who has come forward as the heir to an estate she's handling is really who he says he is.

Meanwhile, Grace is coping with Phuti's aunt, who has moved in with them in an attempt to ensure that her new great-nephew is raised "traditionally," while Grace and Phuti prefer to be more modern parents. And Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, devoted husband of Mma Ramotswe, is worried that she might want him to be more modern, and enrolls in a course for Modern Husbands.

As in all the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories, the actual mysteries to be solved are secondary. This is a meditation on character, love, and the tension between modern and traditional ways and attitudes. What's gained in adopting the new ways, and what's lost? Can the people of Botswana, most especially Precious Ramotswe and her family and friends, preserve what's good in each?

This is a warm, satisfying visit with old friends. Maybe not the best place to begin reading the series, but a welcome addition for Mma Ramotswe's fans.

Recommended.

I bought this book. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
Cute but not high on mystery content. It's mainly Mma Ramotswe reflecting on life, which you expect from her. Charming as always. ( )
  Lindoula | Sep 25, 2017 |
Book on CD performed by Lisette Lecat

This is book number 14 in the popular No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. The title refers to one of the cases presented to Mma Precious Ramotswe and her capable assistant ASSOCIATE, Grace Matakusi. A new salon has opened, but despite a favorable location, good prices, and a comprehensive list of in-demand services being offered, there are no customers. Instead the shop owner has received a veiled threat, and is the target of a smear campaign. But who is responsible?

I rarely get past book four or five in a mystery series, because they become formulaic for me and I lose interest. But this series is a wonderful exception. I just love this series, primarily for the characters. Though they are shelved as mysteries, there really isn’t much traditional mystery involved in these books. No murders, no shootings, or serial killers. As in most of the books, there are two cases the Ladies work on in this installment, but the real focus of the series is on the relationships between the characters. Fans of the series will find most of the characters they have come to love present: Precious, Grace, Mr J L B Matekoni, Mma Potokwane, Charlie and Fanwell and Phuti Radiphuti.

Lisette Lecat is superb performing the audio version. Her voices for the various characters bring them to life, and her narration imparts a sense of Botswana and the culture of the locale. Five stars and a for her narration. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 28, 2017 |
At #14, the series hasn’t grown stale. The writing is beautiful and conveys a message of friendship, kindness, and goodness infused with humor. I’ve loved the characters from the start and look forward to each new installment. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
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This book is for Professor Bill Chameides, of Duke University, in admiration of the work he has done.
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Precious Ramotswe, creator and owner of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Botswana's only detective agency for the problems of ladies, and of others, had never studied business management.
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There are times when it is better to concentrate on the cake in one's mouth than to contribute to a debate. (Chap. 16, “That's not How You Treat a Sausage”, p.219 (Pantheon (2013))
“Everything happens,” said Mma Ramotswe. “Sooner or later just about everything happens.” (Chap. 17, “The Best Woman in Botswana,” p.231 (Pantheon (2013)))
“Thinking is a good thing.” She smiled. “Not always, but certainly most of the time.” (Chap. 17, “The Best Woman in Botswana,” p.240 (Pantheon (2013))
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is moving to the fall!

In the latest book in the beloved best-selling series of mysteries set in Botswana, Mma Ramotswe is asked to help the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, who is having trouble with her business. The salon has suffered some unfortunate events, including face cream that burns the skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business? Meanwhile, on the home front, Mma Makutsi is going to have a baby. But in Botswana—a land where family has always been held above all else but which is on the crossroads between old and new—this may be cause for as much controversy as celebration.

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"In the latest book in the series of mysteries set in Botswana, Mma Ramotswe is asked to help the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, who is having trouble with her business. The salon has suffered some unfortunate events, including face cream that burns the skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business? Meanwhile, on the home front, Mma Makutsi is going to have a baby. But in Botswana--a land where family has always been held above all else but which is on the crossroads between old and new--this may be cause for as much controversy as celebration"--… (more)

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