Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith: Book 47, 2009

Title: Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
Genre: novel
Rating: 8.5/10
Comments: The continuing story of Mme Ramotswe, Botswana's sole woman detective. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has become depressed and disinterested in his garage.  Mma Makutsi, her secretary turned assistant detective, is harbouring dreams of a promotion.  Money, as always, is tight.  After some difficulty Mme Ramotswe convinces Mr. J.L.B. Matekonito see a doctor and go for a rest cure at the orphan farm where he adopted their children.  She decides to save on expenses by moving her office to the garage and promotes Mma Makutsi to Acting Manager of the garage where she proves to be singularly adept at whipping the lazy girl-chasing apprentices into shape, as she is with the paperwork in the office.  While Mme Ramotswe is off investigating a suspected poisoning case for an obnoxious government official, Mma Makutsi picks up a big-paying client who is deperate to ensure he selects a winner of his beauty pageant that will not bring the competition into disrepute.  As entertaining as ever, McCall Smith ensures the series does not get stale by focussing this time of developing some of the other characters.

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