The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (14)

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A little slower-moving and more diffuse than many of the 13 preceding volumes in this celebrated series...but it’s no more than you’d expect from a heroine whose fleetness has never been as big a draw as her wisdom.
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Modern ideas get tangled up with traditional ones in the latest intriguing installment in the beloved, best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.
 
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.
 
This is the fourteenth installment in the series.


This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.  

 

About Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. www.alexandermccallsmith.com
 
Published November 5, 2013 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Nov 03 2013

A little slower-moving and more diffuse than many of the 13 preceding volumes in this celebrated series...but it’s no more than you’d expect from a heroine whose fleetness has never been as big a draw as her wisdom.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Sep 09 2013

The two story lines work as serviceably as Mma Ramotswe’s doughty white van to propel the story forward, but the book’s appeal lies less in deduction than irrepressible characters, intriguing local lore, and bone-deep love of Africa.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Mary Jane Smetanka on Jan 05 2014

Mma Ramotswe’s internal ruminations on the nature of friendship, marriage and family form the core of this gentle story, a welcome addition for fans of the series.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Nov 14 2013

Mr. McCall Smith indulges in several delightful plot twists in his latest portrayal of life in the land where he was born and that obviously has a hold on his heart.

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