- Publisher: Abacus
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 24mm | 721g
- Publication date: 1 December 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0349117004
- ISBN 13: 9780349117003
- Sales rank: 4,338
THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY published in 1998, introduced the world to the one and only Precious Ramotswe, the engaging and sassy owner of Botswana's only detective agency. TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE took us further into this world, and now, continuing the adventures of Mma Ramotswe, MORALITY FOR BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, finds her expanding her business to take in the world of car repair and a beauty pageant. Alexander McCall Smith's sense of humour and gentle charm have created a substantial cult following. MORALITY FOR BEAUTIFUL GIRLS will win him yet more fans.
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McCall Smith is is a Professor of Medical Law as well as an author who has written over 50 books on a wide range of subjects, from the forensic aspects of sleep to the criminal law of Botswana, from children's novelsto short stories about eccentric German professors.
By Neale P Blackwood 05 Sep 2010
Book three in the series. Another enjoyable read about Botswana. This series is an easy read. Its refreshing to read a book with no violence.
'Forget the library - the body is in the mud hut. An African Marple created by a Scottish law lecturer' Stephen McGinty, S. TIMES * 'This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time' Anthony Daniels, S. TEL. * 'Highly amusing, intelligent and heart-warming' SCOTLAND ON S. * 'McCall Smith is a natural born storyteller, filling his prose with rhythm and repetition...Charming, quirky and timeless' SCOT. ON S.
This third in the 'Botswana' series finds Precious Ramotswe beset by problems. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency has a dwindling number of clients, and her fiance, Mr J.L.B.Matekoni, has become puzzlingly morose and even more monosyllabic than usual. But there is a bright side. During his absence on sick-leave Mma Ramotswe and her over-qualified assistant, Mma Makutsi, abandon their expensively-rented accommodation and move into the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors office, which enables them to save money - and keep an eye on the two feckless apprentices. The move is highly successful. Suddenly business becomes brisker. Both ladies are kept busy handling inquiries requiring both delicacy and sagacity; and the perfect 'treatment' is found for Mr J.L.B.Matekoni's depression. As always, the story is told with the author's customary gentle humour, heart-warming wisdom - and in his usual elegant prose, which is always a pleasure to read. A 'taster' for the next volume: 'The Kalahari Typing School for Men' follows the main story. (Kirkus UK)