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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2013 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2013 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carole T. on 02-06-14

Comfort, Comfort, Comfort

It is with thorough approval that I declare "The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon" to be just exactly like all the other Mma Ramatswe stories.

Predictability, reassurance, comfort are not bad things in every case, and Alexander McCall Smith keeps reminding us why. In a modern, fast-moving, cynical world it's a wonderful pleasure to put up your feet in front of the fire, relax, and listen to the superb Lisette Lecat reading about the good woman of Botswana. Reader and character are never cloying, never "cute" - just a reminder that simplicity and goodness can still exist.

I like that this world changes little, that the quiet humor and unfailing kindness and tolerance of our lady detective can be depended upon.

These gentle books are not for every mood, to be sure. But I hope they keep coming - I love these visits!

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Renee on 01-17-14

Missing last two chapters??

What did you like best about The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon? What did you like least?

Always a pleasure to head back to Botswana and I was immediately engaged in the tale. When it ended, I thought there must be some mistake, I double checked that it had downloaded correctly! It's one thing to solve the "mysteries" and another to just talk about solving them--which is what the novel did. It seemed like the last two chapters must be missing.

Would you recommend The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon to your friends? Why or why not?

No, although I loved it while it lasted, I am still frustrated by the lack of resolution and abrupt ending.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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