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January 19, 2015

Book Review - The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith

This is the 14th of the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels and is well up to standard. It helps if you have read the earlier ones but it is not necessary to engage with McCall Smith's gentle observational style. Traditional Botswana manners rely on goodwill, kindness and respect, qualities sadly lacking in some areas of modern society. The Number 1 Lady Detective, Mma Precious Ramotswe, is dealing with change as her able Associate Detective Mma Makutsi goes on maternity leave. After the new baby arrives, how will Mma Makutsi deal with her husband's unpleasant aunt insisting on the traditional seclusion of the birth mother, when she is keen to get back to work?  Rra J.L.B. Matekoni learns how to be a modern husband and Precious solves two tricky cases involving a will dispute and a smear campaign against the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon.  Superb.



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