Morality For Beautiful Girls

Morality For Beautiful Girls

Book - 2002
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Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe--with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi--navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.

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 fiancé's Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, she discovers the reliable Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is more complicated then he seems.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2002, c2001.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 9781400031368
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 21 cm.


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I was challenged to read a book from an unfamiliar genre, so this was my first mystery book. Set in hot, small town Garborne, Botswana. Mma. Ramotswe leads her very own detective agency. Her own life becomes overwhelmed with matters outside of the agency. Her fiancée develops an unfamiliar illness, a small boy is discovered in the wild, there’s financial struggles, and she must travel to solve a case. The story pleasantly moved along and I wanted to keep reading to see how all the mysteries would be solved. The ending wraps up but certainly leads into the next novel, which will probably be my second mystery novel. (submitted by SVI)

Dec 08, 2014

The compelling cast of characters and folk wisdom keeps this series delightful to read.

librarylizzard Mar 19, 2014

I am always happy to settle down with a book from this series. They are a great way to decompress between the more heavy/dramatic stuff. The stories of Mma Ramotswe and her friends are low key, and oh-so sweet and optimistic. I love learning about Botswana, a place so far afield in both distance and lifestyle. If you haven't yet given one of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books a go, what are you waiting for?

Aug 29, 2012

Always a satisfying story from this great series. Presents a wonderful and complex picture of Botswana.

Jul 16, 2012

Not sure how this book became on hold for me. i think it may have been a mistake.

Jun 23, 2008

Mma Ramotswe, Botswana's only female detective, is back with her usual charm and even more mysteries to solve, both professionally as well as in her personal life. A government official believes his brother is being poisoned, and a beauty pageant official needs help determining which girl is more deserving of winning. What's more, Mr. J.L.B. Maketoni, Mma Ramotswe's fiancé, is acting strangely, but her assistant Mma Makutsi proves herself capable in more ways than one. Wonderful and highly enjoyable. I've also heard that the audio renditions of the book are superb.

Jun 14, 2005

This is the third title of a captivating series featuring a traditionally built woman detective who likes to help people out with their problems. In this installment, Mma Ramotswe is puzzled by the unexpected behavior of her fiancÔøΩ, Mr. J.L. B. Matekoni, solves a poisoning case, and helps out at the garage where Mma Makutsi is always happy to help out. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi, the new assistant detective, sets out to solve the beauty pageant case and find morality for beautiful girls. This isn?t a traditional mystery series, but the humor and kindness that comes through helps to shine a light what seems to be a very special part of Africa.


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Jul 27, 2008

Another fascinating tale by McCall Smith about Precious Ramotswe and her No. 1 Detective Agency, located in Gaborone, Botswana.


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Jul 27, 2008

Not everybody had a maid, of course, but if you were in a well-paid job and had ahouse of the size which Mma Ramotswe did, then not to employ a maid--or indeed not to support several domestic servants--would have been seen as selfishness. Mma Ramotswe knew that there were countries where people had no servants, even when they were well enough off to do so. She found this inexplicable. If people who were in a position to have servants chose not to do so, then what were the servants to do?

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