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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

Hardback No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

By (author) Professor of Medical Law Alexander McCall Smith

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  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Format: Hardback | 242 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 241mm x 36mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307378411
  • ISBN 13: 9780307378415
  • Sales rank: 87,980

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Modern ideas get tangledup 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."

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street 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. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.

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Praise for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series "Enchanting . . . An inspiration to us all . . . The sweet, chuckling voice of Precious Ramotswe falls gentle on the ear.""--The New York Times Book Review" "In Mma Ramotswe, McCall Smith minted one of the most memorable heroines in any modern fiction.""--Newsweek" "McCall Smith is a vivid observer and an elegant writer, honoring Botswanan customs and culture . . . Like the best traditions, this series is one we hope will endure.""--The Plain Dealer" "The pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas.""--Entertainment Weekly" "McCall Smith's accomplished novels [are] dependent on small gestures redolent with meaning and main characters blessed with pleasing personalities.""--Newsday" "McCall Smith is a master . . . There's beauty and revelation of one kind or another woven expertly into every line.""--Christian Science Monitor"