The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #14)

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #14)

by Alexander McCall Smith
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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #14) by Alexander McCall Smith


Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.

Precious Ramotswe has her hands full with two puzzling cases. The first concerns a young man hoping to claim his inheritance at his uncle’s farm. The farmer’s lawyer fears that this self-professed nephew may be falsely impersonating the real heir, and asks Mma Ramotswe to look into his identity. The second involves the just-opened Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, which has been shadowed by misfortune, from bad omens in the mail to swirling rumors that its products are dangerous. The salon’s proprietor fears that someone is trying to put her out of business—but who? Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has come to suspect that her intrepid associate Grace Makutsi is pregnant—though Mma Makutsi has mentioned nothing.
With genuine warmth, sympathy, and wit, Alexander McCall Smith explores marriage, parenthood, and the importance of the traditions that shape and guide our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307378415
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series , #14
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I eagerly await the newest book from the Ladies Detective Agency series! I was not dissapointed! The series is a nicely paced one with beautiful descriptions of a different country and culture than our own. It is about a woman who has come across many difficulties in life and has the courage and belief in herself to overcome those problems.She is instrumental in helping the people around her grow as well. I think mainly of her "assistant detective " Mma Makutsi" .How the people around her have grown ! Can't wait for the next one !! Although I also read many of Alexander McCall Smiths books too and find him to be a most excellent writer!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is always thoughtful, sweet, and deceptively deep. Highest recommendation.
NewsieQ More than 1 year ago
Whenever I get a new No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery in my hands, I can almost feel my stress level go down, down, down. Tension floats away. And I’m off to another world, the world of Precious Ramotswe in rural Botswana. In The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, she’s taken on a case brought to her by an attorney handling an estate case. The lawyer’s intuition tells her there’s something fishy about a man who claims to be the heir to a substantial farm. She wants Precious to investigate. Then there’s the case of the beauty salon owner who is the victim of nasty rumors designed to bring down her business, which has just relocated to an upscale shopping mall. To top it all off, Precious is concerned about her associate detective, Grace Makutsi, who is obviously pregnant, but who has not acknowledged the fact or mentioned any plans for a maternity leave. I collect just a handful of series in hardcover – and this is one of them. It makes me feel happy just to see them on the shelf, knowing that I can revisit Precious any time I want to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same setting, same characters, same tired plot. Basically a three page essay. Wait for the bargain table.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon is the fourteenth book in the popular Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by British author, Alexander McCall Smith. Botswana’s first female private detective has a few interesting cases to solve: a solicitor asks her to verify the identity of a young man who is the beneficiary of a will; and the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon is subject to threats and slander from an unknown quarter. All the more challenging for Mma Ramotswe, as Mma Makutsi is off having a baby. Mma Makutsi faces childbirth with ease, although she has slightly less aplomb when dealing with a cobra in her new house. While it seems Phuti’s interfering aunt may be a problem with the baby, apprentice Charlie’s reaction to this Radiphuti baby is indeed a surprise. And has the terrible Violet Sephotho been up to more mischief? Mma Ramotswe muses on flats and hats, ants and aunts, names, wet nurses, superstitions and traditional ways, other people’s marriages, beer and beauty treatments, the effect of hot weather on business, taking the time to listen, optimistic accounting, the entire truth, protecting one’s sources and private milk. She counts her blessings, misses Grace, finds the perfect gift for the baby, gets her tiny white van comprehensively stuck in the mud, has her feet lovingly washed and receives a charming letter from Clovis Anderson, that revered author of the Principles of Private Detection. There are no prizes for guessing which of the apprentices finally qualifies as a mechanic. Mr J L B Matekoni takes steps to become a modern husband, one of which includes baked beans and sausages. As usual, this instalment is charming, uplifting and heart-warming. This unabridged audio version of the book is again narrated by the mesmerising voice of Adjoa Andoh. 
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Delightful book, delightful series! Can hardly wait to read the next book in the series.
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#1 Ladies Detective read for a lazy hot summer afternoon.
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ebsMN More than 1 year ago
I've read all of this series and always liked that they were slice of life more than mystery books. But lately the slice of life has gotten to be so redundant that they've become less fun. Too much 'atmosphere' (read as descriptions of landscape - already addressed in each earlier book), too little plot.
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Delphimo More than 1 year ago
This audio book presented a delightful excursion to Africa after all the Christmas rush. I love to hear the pronunciation of the names that seem so musical. The birth of Grace's birthday and her very short maternity leave expound on the ups and downs of a relationship. Smith presents a love of country and an acceptance of life. Precious plods on with her detective business, but realizes how greatly she misses Grace. Jealousy and greed play a small role in the story, but truth and honesty prevail. The chapter where J L goes to a class to become a modern husband is hilarious, but also sadly filled with truth
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advocate More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read, nothing heavy, nothing cerebral, just a continuation of this pleasant series where nohing moves too fast and nothing major occurs over short periods of time. You can't help feeling as though the imagary takes you out of your chair and into Botswana. This is a nice way to spend time just enjoying a book.
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duchenf More than 1 year ago
I still love these gentle books.
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