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Publisher's Summary

As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and their eternal cycle, upheaval is taking place at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband but, following her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi has joyful news. With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty.
Disturbing developments over the will of local dignitary Edgar Molapo point to fraud and a shocking family secret, while tracing the source of a smear campaign against the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, in which notorious troublemaker Violet Sephotho may or may not have a hand, requires a keen eye and an open mind. But the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is resilient and adaptable, and change brings salutary lessons: our enemies are not always obvious; a snake under the bed may be an ally; and a mother's love conquers all.
©2013 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Canberra Dilettante on 04-19-14

Another lovely visit with Mma Ramotswe

I know these books are so cozy you could put a crocheted blankie on them and call them Grandma, but I love them deeply and truly. Like all in the series, this book is beautifully written, spare but eloquent, wise and charming. The plot is inconsequential, really - what remains with you is the characters, who are like old friends (including their quirks and flaws) and the satisfaction of justice achieved. And Adjoa Andoh is a wonderful narrator. Every character is given their full due, and she brings to the story all the warmth of Botswana. Buy this audiobook and then save it for the perfect afternoon to curl up and enjoy with a cup of tea and the cat on your lap.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Janelle on 01-03-14


I can't get enough of these books. So well written I feel I have known the characters all my life

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 12-13-13

A pleasure to listen to

What made the experience of listening to The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon the most enjoyable?

Another trip to Botswana to revisit Mma Ramotswe and others in Alexander McCall's series of stories. As always, the rich storyline and insightful characters instantly transport you to another world. Sheer escapsim and very enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have two in particular: Mma Makutsi for her outspoken remarks which are not very diplomatic but are often comical and usually go straight to the heart of the matter. Also Mma Potokwani the head of the orphanage, who is a very strong character and can always be relied on for help and advice (usually with excellent fruit cake)

What does Adjoa Andoh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The story is read in an accent natural to southern Africa which adds to the feeling of actually being with the characters in Botswana.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The part when Mma Ramotswe offers Mma Makutsi a partnership in the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. She does this out of love and friendship, going far beyond the relationship of employer and employee

Any additional comments?

I've read or listened to almost all of this series of stories and have never tired of them, each new story is of the same high standard as the preceding ones, and always anticipated with relish

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5 out of 5 stars
By N. A. Schofield on 12-31-16

great book

I loved it, number one ladies detective agency is a great Series of books. the characters are realistic and draw you into there world. well wrote and well read by Adjoa Andover.

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