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Publisher's Summary

The quick-witted, good-natured detective Mma "Precious" Ramotswe shines in this irresistible best seller. It continues the charming series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, hailed as one of the "International Books of the Year and the Millennium" by the Times Literary Supplement

Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious' hands are full. The four Miss Beauty and Integrity pageant finalists may have questionable moral fiber, and the brother of an important government worker has allegedly been poisoned. On top of all that, Precious' reliable fianci might be hiding something.

Life is more difficult than ever at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but it's nothing a little clear thinking and a few mugs of bush tea can't candle.

©2001 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the critics say

"Thoroughly engaging and entertaining." (Los Angeles Times)

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Love the series, but

Love this series, and Lisette Lecat’s brilliant narration, but this book seemed weaker than the rest. Relying on gimmicks rather than McCall’s typical wit.

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  • Janet
  • 2003-11-27

Refreshing view of life in a small country

Precious Ramotswe, a "traditional" African lady solves the many problems that crowd into her life with grace and intelligence. Although her main mystery is that of an important government worker who fears his brother is being poisoned by an unworthy sister-in-law, Mma Ramotswe finds time to deal with a handicapped foster child, a fiance with health problems, and the needs of her valued assistant. She sails through adversity and washes away the muddles with bush tea and common sense.

The book is beautifully read by Lisette Lecat. Smith's musical prose is enhanced by her talents, and life in Botswana comes alive. It is a wonderful listening experience.

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  • Debbie
  • 2014-04-23

#3 in the Series . . . I'm Loving Botswana

One of the most soothing and relaxing thing about this series is the narration by Lisette Lecat. I feel like I am there in Botswana, drinking bush tea, and contemplating the the mysteries that need to be solved at No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. The kindness, forethought, and wisdom these two women use in exploring and solving their cases warms the heart. And it gives you insight into the lives of the people of Africa, their customs and beliefs. I am SO enjoying this journey.

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  • Tracy
  • 2004-03-08

a beautiful voice, a fascinating culture

These stories are not so much mysteries as they are windows into faraway cultures. Precious Ramotswe is a real Miss Marple -- she deals with people's problems based on her knowledge of human nature. This engaging book is full of fascinating characters and you'll want to see how Mma Ramotswe handles them all. Listening to these books really heightens the experience as you'll find out how Molepole and Gabarone and all these wonderful names should be pronounced. I love these books in print and I love them on audio.

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  • E. Pearson
  • 2014-05-01

Perfection in a Series

Occasionally I get a bit tired of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, though after a break I soon return. Morality For Beauitful Girls exceeds any caution I may have held. I believe it presents the maturation of McCall Smith's approach in this series at his best: well-timed and well-tuned wit, character self-analysis in just the right balance with the unfolding narrative, and the presentation of all to admire in Botswanan culture and world outlook. This is the one novel I would recommend to a somewhat reluctant newcomer: "Read this one first and you'll revel and wish to emulate surprising characteristics of Mme Ramatswe, her associates, and one nation's realism mingled with hope."

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  • Jean
  • 2012-02-11

Love this series. Lecat is great as narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - I think it's a great listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Morality For Beautiful Girls?

When Mma Makutse found the right girl for the pageant.

What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

She's outstanding

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2005-03-26

Wonderful

Although this series of books aren't really mysteries, they are all enjoyable reads. This book is weaker than some of the others, and I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series with "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency", but if you liked the other books by this author, you will likely enjoy this one as well. The narration is first-rate (an important quality, in my opinion--a bad narrator can ruin a good book), and the characters are quite endearing. This is a good book if you're looking for a light, entertaining, and well-written story.

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  • LMN
  • 2004-03-01

An entertaining listen

A wonderful continuation of an unusual detective's career. While not quite as good as No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, it is still well worth a listen. Precious continues to display wisdom and insight and you can't finish without wanting to take a trip to Africa. I look forward to more from this author.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-05-14

wonderful characters

have read the first few books now and looking forward to the next. Have been to RSA and very near Botswana. The people there fascinate me and this author makes me feel as if I am there again.

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  • Reademandweep
  • 2019-01-30

Wonderful light listening for YA too.

This is the duplicate review of a previous book in the series because my sentiments are the same. It’s a bit like reviewing an episode of the American TV series “Murder She Wrote“ starring Angela Lansbury.
If you like one episode you will like all the episodes.
So my review is more for the series in the odd chance that someone is purchasing them out of sequence or checking reviews out of sequence.

I generally listen to heavier stuff but needed something lighter while I work on something involving a legal issue, compiling paperwork etc.
my sister recommended Alexander McCall Smith, (specifically this series) and she was so right.
The characters are endearing, the storyline is interesting but not heavy and it’s up to pleasant diversion if you want something lighter.

This should be classified as YA. It’s easy to understand, contains no offensive language or behavior, in fact - offers plenty of good philosophical points for kids to ponder pertaining to morality and defining good values.

The only con for me was the price. With my annual subscription the cost of credits is about $10 so I kept thinking “do I use a credit for books that cost $12 instead of a classic worth $25-$40? (especially one I know I will only listen once). I finally came to my senses and realized Alexander McCall Smith‘s books are a wonderful diversion while I’m going through a stressful time so what’s worth more than that?

I recommend these books for adults but REALLY recommend them for teenagers and even mature preteens. The stories are pleasant the values are good and the fact that it takes place in Botswana is a wonderful cultural learning experience for all of us in the Western world.

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  • Raquel Weber
  • 2018-09-10

wonderful book

I love this series. Hearing this book on Audible helped me with the proper pronunciation of the words. I felt fully immmersed in the story and the characters.