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Morality for Beautiful Girls (2001)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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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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  ritaer | Jul 14, 2021 |
Really enjoyed the further adventures of The #1 ladies detective agency. There is an underlying sexism in the book that caught my eye quite frequently though. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
Mma Ramotswe is an inspiring and yet relatable character as she maintains a busy and successful life and wrestles with the kinds of thorny moral questions that follow us all. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Tras La primera detective de Botswuana y Las lágrimas de la jirafa, llega la tercera entrega sobre Mma Ramowtse, la mujer que decide montar una agencia de detectives femenina en Gaborone, Botswuana. La serie consta de cuatro libros, por ahora. Son, dicen, novelas negras en las que todo el mundo se ve impulsado por buenos sentimientos. A mí me parecen, más bien, novelas negras para niños. Los casos que resuelve Mma Ramowtse son sencillos a más no poder, y los personajes no es que estén definidos con maestría. Son novelas sencillas, naïf, que diría aquél. Pero son pasables, para pasar un rato entretenido y aprender algunos detalles sobre la vida africana. Las alabanzas a África las conocemos ya de los dos primeros tomos de la serie. No se esperen un nuevo paradigma de la novela negra, ni mucho menos. Mi nota: Entretenida. ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
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 |
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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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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.

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