The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

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Modern ideas get tangled up with traditional ones in the latest intriguing installment in the beloved, best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

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.

This is the fourteenth installment in the series.



Baker & Taylor
"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is moving to the fall! In the latest book in the beloved best-selling series of mysteries set in Botswana, Mma Ramotswe is asked to help the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, who is having trouble with her business. The salon has suffered some unfortunate events, including face cream that burns the skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business? Meanwhile, on the home front, Mma Makutsi is going to have a baby. But in Botswana--a land where family has always been held above all else but which is on the crossroads between old and new--this may be cause for as much controversy as celebration"--

Baker
& Taylor

"In the latest book in the beloved best-selling series of mysteries set in Botswana, Mma Ramotswe is asked to help the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, who is having trouble with her business. The salon has suffered some unfortunate events, including face cream that burns the skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business? Meanwhile, on the home front, Mma Makutsi is going to have a baby. But in Botswana--a land where family has always been held above all else but which ison the crossroads between old and new--this may be cause for as much controversy as celebration"--
Assisting the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, Mma Ramotswe begins to suspect that a saboteur is behind a string of unfortunate mishaps; while Mma Makutsi prepares for the birth of her child in spite of difficult family controversies.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2013]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780307378415
0307378411
Branch Call Number: Mystery McCall
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 25 cm

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ladylion
Mar 24, 2015

I was scared to start reading this series as a Zimbabwean born African woman I feared it might be condescending and insulting. I have found the books amazingly uplifting and truly capture the African spirit. I was soo thrilled to be able to meet the author when he was invited by Pierce county library and I apologized to him for judging his books before I read them. They have brought me a lot of joy

AuntJane Sep 25, 2014

Such a great series - I love checking in with this cast of characters - and think of them everytime I shoe shop!

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brigpa1
Aug 29, 2014

This is now my favorite, after the first in the series. There are several different plot elements that are all warm and funny.

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SophieMontague
Apr 12, 2014

I love all the books in this series. These stories are the equivalent of being safely tucked in a warm bed where nothing bad could ever happen to you. When I need a bit of soothing from the rough world out there, these books are the prescription.

jeanner222 Feb 14, 2014

It would be difficult not to love another entry in this popular series, and the latest novel is no exception.

Precious has two cases to solve this time:

• She needs to determine if an heir is who he says he is, and
• She must discover the origin of a smear campaign against the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon.

To further complicate matters, Grace Makutsi has just given birth to her first child. Without her associate in the office, Mma Ramotswe struggles a little more with these cases than she ought to be.

As always, the cases are solved in a clean and gentle manner. That is the true joy of this series.

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Wodge
Feb 05, 2014

This series of books are delightful. They aren't the typical action-packed, danger-deep mysteries we've become addicted to. The pace makes Agatha Christie a role model, but the two towns have very different death rates. Many of the mysteries that Mma Ramotse and Mma Matsuka solve are the mysteries of everyday life.

Mma Matsuka is the perfect companion for Mma Ramotse; her declarations are rock solid and her certainty is unshakeable. Mma Ramotse looks at life with more compassion and uncertainty. Together they form a team that can uncover the truth and deliver the news.

Much of the story includes the personal lives of the two detectives. It is this digression that add texture and flavour to the novel. While reading, I find myself transported from my comfortable western home life and dropped into the sun-filled world that manages, quite well, without a number of items I consider not so much necessary as basics.

mrsgail5756 Jan 04, 2014

A very good book. Not to be missed.

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Liber_vermis
Jan 01, 2014

The author seems to have something against business wo/men and lawyers as they are presented as unethical, at best, or criminal, at worst. Mma Ramotswe has to resolve an alleged case of impersonation that jeopardizes an estate settlement. The author has presented this plot element in a prior book in this series, eh?! If the reader skips the pages of digressions on cattle, the rainy season, and talking shoes, then this lite novel may be read in a single day.

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pokano
Dec 22, 2013

McCall Smith's gentle humor and knowledge of human nature shines through in this latest installment of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Mma Makutsi has a baby, Mr. JLB Matekoni takes classes on how to become a modern husband. And the detectives must determine whether a young man who says he's the nephew of a deceased man is really who he says he is and who is disparaging a newly opened beauty salon.

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