All I need to be entertained are cats within ear-scratching distance and a good book . . .OK, maybe that's not ALL I need, but it's a good start.

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Happy reading!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, by Alexander McCall Smith

For fans of Alexander McCall Smith, the latest installment in the adventures of Precious Ramotswe and the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" was anxiously anticipated. Their reward is The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, released this month by Pantheon Books.
In this episode, the tactfully named Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon suffers from a slander campaign, and its owner asks the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency for help in identifying the culprit. A local attorney approaches Mma Ramotswe to disprove a young man is the heir to an estate, and Precious’ husband, Rra Matekoni, is coaxed into taking a course on becoming a “modern” husband. The case workload proves a challenge to Mma Ramotswe, the owner and chief detective at the agency, without her trusted associate detective, Grace Makutsi, who has given birth to her first child and is on leave.
As is typical of Smith’s detective novels, Mma Ramotswe arrives at fair resolutions for her cases, although not without unusual twists, turns, and good humor. Fans of this series enjoy the books not only for their story lines, but for Smith’s care for the accuracy and development of the characters. Mma Ramotswe is kind, wise, and humble and in this book, readers will see a different side of the ne’er-do-well mechanic apprentice, Charlie.
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon could be finished quickly, but readers may want to parcel it out, treat-like, until next time.