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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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I have read all of the 1st Ladies Detective Agency series and can hardly wait for the next book to be released. “The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon” is the newest book; I believe it is number 14. McCall Smith manages to portray the leisurely pace of Africa in the book. I love how he weaves philosophical arguments into each of his stories. In this story the philosophical arguments are about good and evil, on importance of friendship and to a discussion of traditional vs. modern beliefs. His writing is excellent and he builds such unique and believable characters. In this book Mma Grace Makutsi is pregnant then later delivers a baby boy. Phut Radiphut’s aunt moves into the house with Mma Makutsi and Phut which creates a difficult situation as she insist on following the traditional ways and Grace the modern way. Precious Ramotswe takes on 2 puzzling cases. The first one is for solicitor Mma Sheba, who is the executor of the will of a farmer Edgar Molopo. She thinks the man who came forward to claim the inheritance of a farm is not really his nephew. Mma Sheba asks Mma Ramotswe to find out if he is actually the nephew. The second case is of Mma Soleti the owner of the Minor adjustment beauty salon who received a bad omen in the mail and is now under attack of rumors about poor service of her salon. How she goes about solving these problems is delightful and why I love Alexander McCall Smith stories. Smith’s descriptions of the countryside, the markets, and the people make me want to travel to Botswana. Lisette Lecat was the narrator of the story. She is from South Africa and does the accents and is able to pronounce all the names with great accuracy and with the rhythm of Africa and makes it a delight to listen to.
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