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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 43 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: November 5, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FK9CHTS
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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I must add to this that the fantastic reading of Adjoa Andoh, has added a new dimension to the No 1 books - although I have yet to listen to her reading the Minor adjustment beauty salon. I do look forward to it.
Mr. J. L. B. Matakoni, husband of Mma Ramotswe decides to enroll in a course at the local university to learn how to become a modern husband, only to find himself held up as a model before the other students. Since he considers himself to be a thoroughly traditional man, this is excruciatingly embarrassing, so embarrassing that he decides not to return. Meanwhile, his apprentice Charlie falls in love with Mma Makutsi's baby boy and decides he is ready to marry and become a father! Charlie? The one who really, really needs a course to learn how to be a modern husband... !
Mma Ratmotswe deeply misses the presence and assistance of her friend Mma Makutsi. The office is just not the same without her. She resorts to visiting Mma Makutsi at home to confer with her about the two cases that are the theme of this entry in the series. One involves the inheritance of a farm... is the legatee really the nephew who inherits? And who has started an evil campaign of lies to force The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon to close its doors? What they discover on one case is shocking indeed and the other case causes them to remember to never jump to conclusions.
This book had me laughing out loud in places and as usual is filled with those snippets of wisdom and common sense that we all highlight as we read. Highly recommended.
Take Alexander McCall Smith’s latest contribution, his 14th, The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon. True to form, Mma (Ms.) Precious Ramotswe, founder and proprietor of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency in Gaborone, Botswana, exercises her special brand of intuition, deductive powers, and an uncanny ability to read people as she takes on two challenging cases. In one, a suspicious lady lawyer has asked her to determine whether the principal beneficiary of a will she has written is actually who he claims to be. In the other case, the proprietor of a newly expanded beauty salon is under attack from a vicious whispering campaign that is scaring clients away, and she asks Mma Ramotswe to identify the culprit.
Despite the slow pace of the action in The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, McCall Smith manages to pack a lot of activity into this one short novel, musing about friendship and about social change all the while he conveys the measured rhythm of life in a very special African country. Botswana is widely respected for its political stability, its relatively advanced educational and healthcare services, its status as the least corrupt country in Africa, and, with the exception of economic reversals in 2007-9, consistently one of the very highest rates of economic development in the world ever since gaining its independence in 1966.
For any fan of McCall Smith’s work, it’s likely to be a pleasant relief (as it was for me) to encounter all the delightful continuing characters in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency Series: Mma Ramotswe’s husband, always referred to in full as Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and “the finest mechanic in all Botswana”; the exasperating “associate detective,” Mma Grace Makutsi, who is pregnant as the story commences; Mma Potokwane, the “traditionally built” matron of the orphan farm outside Gaborone; Phuti Radiphuti, owner of the Double Comfort Furniture Shop and sheepish husband of Mma Makutsi; and even the nefarious Violet Sephotho, bane of Mma Makutsi’s life and predator upon the men of all Botswana. Read a few of these lovely little books, and these characters will populate your imagination for years to come.
Previously, I’ve reviewed three other novels in the series: The Double Comfort Safari Club, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, and The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party. They’re all a delight to read.