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Morale e belle ragazze (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #3)

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Preciuos Ramotswe, fondatrice dell'unica agenzia investigativa in Botswana, è alle prese con il caso del presunto avvelenamento del fratello di un importante uomo politico e con il mistero di un bambino abbandonato che ha l'odore di un cucciolo di leone piuttosto che di un umano. A complicare il tutto intervengono i problemi finanziari e il suo fidanzato, il meccanico J.L. ...more
Paperback, Teadue, 236 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by TEA (first published 2001)
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Anne Hawn Smith
Reading these books is more like visiting with friends. If you are looking for action and plot, this will not really appeal to you, especially if you have read some of the others. These books are more of a slice of life.

This was one of my favorites because of the depression that overcomes Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni. It comes over him so gradually and the people who love him are so concerned for him. I could almost feel myself becoming concerned for him also. Since I suffer from depression from time t
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Manny
Sep 02, 2015 Manny marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Spotted this afternoon in the philosophy section of a Berlin bookshop. I didn't dare ask if it was an imaginative interpretation of the content or just a mistake.
Kavita
Aug 17, 2015 Kavita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humour, africa
Everyone knows all about Mma Ramotswe and her No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. It's delightful, set in Botswana, and filled with the local flavours. In this book, Mma Ramotswe gets an important client from the government, JLB Matekoni is suffering from depression, Mma Makutsi gets her first solo triumph by solving a case for a huge fee. The bankrupt company is flush again!

My two facourite quotes:

This sad truth was hilariously put - "Women, as usual, were expected to behave better than men, and in
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Graham
Dec 09, 2008 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t get enough of these Precious Ramotswe stories. This is the third in a series that shows no signs of flagging as yet, and indeed which seems richer, deeper and more spellbinding each novel you read.

MORALITY FOR BEAUTIFUL GIRLS follows the same template as before, although the detective cases here seem even more of an excuse to have Smith reflecting on aspects of life applicable to both Botswana and the world in general.

Here, we take a look at dysfunctional families, depression and female
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Leo
And there goes another one. Reading a No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’s book is always so much fun.
In this one, the story broadens: we have Mma Ramotswe's investigations as always but also the newly promoted Assistant Detective, Mma Makutsi, whom also has to keep an eye the apprentices at Tlokweng Speedy Motors because the Agency has moved there to save costs. It’s nice to see her step out a bit of her usual secretarial activities and have her investigate on her own. That way we can switch focus fr
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Lauren
Like so many other readers, I really enjoy McCall Smith's stories of Mma Ramotswe, and her Botswana detective service. Mma Ramotswe is a remarkable character, and I love her simple and moral nature. Yet, of the three books I have read in this series, I found _Morality for Beautiful Girls_ to be the weakest story so far.

Mma Ramotswe is pulled in many different directions in this book, and only a few of the circumstances really go anywhere. Nearly a whole chapter is devoted to a young boy that is
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Sarah
Oct 25, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Book Three. As you can see, I love these books! Here are some nuggets:

"Most morality, thought Mma Ramotswe, was about doing the right thing because it had been identified as such by a long process of acceptance and observance. You simply could not create your own morality because your experience would never be enough to do so. What gives you the right to say that you know better than your ancestors? Morality is for everybody, and this means that the views of more than one person are needed to cr
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Miz
Nov 15, 2015 Miz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's just such an easy series to read! It requires little effort and I enjoy it. Sure, it's not the best thing I've ever read but each book is a pallet cleaner and can be enjoyed over a couple of days. This one was no exception but (view spoiler). And yes, I've bough the next one :)
Eliece
Apr 14, 2009 Eliece rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd add a half to that star if I could, but couldn't quite go to three. I really liked the first two in this series, but I guess this is why I stay away from series books as a general rule. They seem to lose appeal for me as they go along. I hate the summarizing from past books to catch you up. The characters in this are still endearing and I love the setting and the 'love of country' theme going on. I like the small moral lessons the books aim to teach and the simple writing style. This one had ...more
Matt
Sep 22, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not an authority on detective stories. I've read a little Sherlock Holmes, but I've only seen Agatha Christie through the eyes of the BBC. But when I pick up books from this series and always see the New York Times Book Review quote on the front, "The Miss Marple of Botswana," I start to think that Mma Ramotswe belongs in the discussion – not because she fits the mold, but because she seems to offer a different perspective within the genre.

In a sense, I think these are classic detective sto
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Amy
Feb 11, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Call it a “gentle read” or a “cozy mystery,” Morality for Beautiful Girls is a charming and easy read. Morality was written by Alexander McCall Smith, himself a fascinating character as a Rhodesian-born Scottish writer with a Ph.D. in law and a plethora of books, fiction and non, under his belt. It is the third in his series entitled The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, which feature the plucky Precious Ramotswe, her heart of gold, and the community mysteries in her beloved contemporary Botswana. ...more
Yuki Shimmyo
Nov 05, 2015 Yuki Shimmyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Although a "detective" series, I am drawn to these books for the keen observations of landscape, history, characters, and the human heart. As Precious Ramotse and increasingly her secretary and assistant Mma Makutsi go about investigating and resolving cases in a resourceful and satisfying way, I love that I can see the red dust of Botswana, feel the thirst of the land and the shade of the acacia trees, and smell the change in atmosphere when the rain comes..

One day people would no longer do th
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Laura
Mar 24, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third, and so far my favorite, of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. As always, Alexander McCall Smith’s simple, rhythmic prose seems to echo the plodding of cattle under a warm Botswana sun, lulling you into a world that has time for repetition and tradition and courtesy. While I found the first two in the series delightful, this was more moving and satisfying. And funny!

For some reason, I find the simplistic style charming, not banal. Perhaps that’s because it reflects the rat
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Writerlibrarian
Third novel in his Lady Detective agency. It's a lovely book, old fashioned in its slow pace, very low key plot.It's a slice of life from a world that moves at a different pace from ours. In this we meet our detective Mma Ramotswe again facing the daily chores of a business woman (her business is not making enough money to cover Mma Makutsi's raised in status and pay), an engaged to be married woman (her fiancé Mr. Matekoni is acting strangely). Mma Makutsi takes on her first case and the appren ...more
Chance Lee
May 20, 2015 Chance Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are fast reads! I really enjoyed this one for a few reason. First, Mma Ramotswe ended up with a case that didn't get solved in two pages, and although it was hardly suspenseful (not that I expect suspense from these books) it at least had a curve in it, instead of a straight shot to the solution. Second, Mma Makutsi also gets a case to tackle all by herself, which is fun. And finally, but most importantly, is that Mma Makutski also must manage Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, and she's a much ...more
Iblena
Jul 13, 2015 Iblena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La humanidad y sentido común de Mma Ramotswe, la han convertido en un personaje entrañable y ameno. Y sus tramas simples que hablan de gente corriente y sencilla muestran al lector la otra África, la que no suele reseñarse en los medios de comunicación.
Vanessa
Mar 31, 2009 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is not to like about Mma Ramotswe? She is able to see things for what they are. I enjoy these books. I especially enjoy that each book ties up all loose ends in a nice little bow for you by the end.
Moushumi Ghosh
Yet another McCall Smith, yet another lovely trip to Botswana and Mma Ramotswe's world. I was curious about Mr. J.L.B Matekoni's 'illness' and Mma Makutsi's taking over as Acting Manager of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors which were referred to in the latter books so this book throws light on these two incidents. It is also Mma Makutsi's first case by herself. So many things happening in this book. Sadly the HBO TV series did not interpret the poisoning case as in the book. I prefer the book now to ...more
Eva Nickelson
The third installment in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a continuation of the downhill progression from the first one. Smith has introduced too many characters to keep the plot line simple and focus on the atmosphere and environment. Mma Ramotswe needs a list to keep track of everything that is going on, and I felt like I needed one too. Mr JKL Matacomie has depression (which was handled poorly), a little boy is found in the wild, her adopted children are settling in, her assistant is bei ...more
PurplyCookie
Mma Makutsi rises to her own in this volume "Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 3)". As Mma Ramtoswe feels the pinch economically and emotionally, what with money being tight in the agency and the illness of her fiance, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, she comes to rely on the unexpected talents and strength of her secretary. Mma Makutsi, with her too dark complexion and too big glasses, a less than beautiful facial features, shows true beauty in her no-nonsense approach to ...more
Jeanette
Apr 08, 2010 Jeanette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-to-swap
really like this series, but im starting to have some.. issues. first off- i want to say that i really like his descriptions of africa and the people of botswana. i havent read anything on the country, so i like the insight it gives.

my issues:
the book is titled morality for beautiful girls and the description on the back cover is about a case involving beauty contest contestants. unfortunately, that case doesnt come up until page 154! that's kind of annoying.

i think that some parts are getting
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Cathleen
May 09, 2015 Cathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a "comfy" or "feel good" kinda series. I love this one the best so far! The writing is smooth and fast and easy, and the stories are wonderful and thoughtful and puts a smile on my face.
Rebecca
Jul 09, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable offering from an author I greatly admire.

Quiet writing, which only sets one up for something quite poignant or an unanticipated punch line. Here is a small example:

Mma Makutsi snorted. "You made yourself look foolish. Why are you always running after girls? Why are you always trying to impress them?"

"Because that's how I enjoy myself," said the apprentice defensively. "I like talking to girls.We have all these beautiful girls in this country and there is nobody to talk to them.
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Endah
Jan 27, 2009 Endah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buat kamu yang baru akan pertama kali membaca serial ini–ya, ini sebuah serial terdiri dari beberapa judul, jadi sebaiknya dibaca secara urut dari buku pertamanya : Kantor Detektif Perempuan No. 1–aku ingatkan untuk bersiap diri mendapati kisah detektif yang berbeda. Kau tidak bisa berharap akan menemukan sosok perempuan super yang akan berkelahi melawan penjahat atau karakter wanita setua Miss Marple yang memecahkan misteri sembari merajut.

Mma Ramostwe bukan tipe perempuan seperti itu. Ia seora
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Will Byrnes
Oct 20, 2008 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an entry consistent with the prior two books in this delightful series, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and Tears of the Giraffe.The focus here is on beauty and young women. Precious helps a politician who believes that his younger brother’s beautiful young wife is poisoning him. Rawotse’s assistant gets a case of her own, in which she helps the head of a beauty pageant determine which of the finalists is a truly honest girl. Mister Matekoni, Precious’ fiancée, is suffering from depre ...more
Sebastian
"I thought it was ridiculous"

After the first two outstanding books in this series, to say this third one disappointed me would be an understatement. Most of the aspects that were charming from previous installments are missing or barely present here. For example, Rra. Matekoni is suffering from depression and as a result his participation in the story is minimal, not to mention the ridiculous way in which this situation is handled in the story. The two kids that were staying with Mma. Ramotswe w
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Dusty
May 19, 2011 Dusty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
What endears this series to me and what makes me uncomfortable about it is its resounding cuteness. Plump Precious Ramotswe -- the "Miss Marple of Botswana," so the blurb on the book's front cover reads -- is indeed very cute. She drives a cute white van and solves quotidian mysteries by relying on cute traditional Motswana customs and proverbs. What bothers is me is how that cuteness bleeds into what sometimes feels to me like condescension: Precious Mma Ramotswe is not Miss Marple; she's Miss ...more
Uci
Aug 11, 2010 Uci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ada apa antara McCall Smith dengan wanita cantik? Kok sepertinya dia anti sekali dengan wanita-wanita cantik. Buku bagus ini agak 'ternoda' dengan kritiknya yang terus-menerus terhadap wanita cantik yang dianggapnya (sebagian besar) tidak berotak, tidak berkarakter, tidak mau bekerja keras, dan tidak punya integritas.

Meskipun demikian, saya tetap menikmati buku ketiga dari seri Kantor Detektif Wanita No. 1 ini. Saya tetap suka penggambaran indah Smith tentang Afrika yang cantik dan arif. Afrika
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Natalie
Aug 27, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm still really enjoying this series. The story lines are continuously creative and I love the development of the characters.
Brittany
Aug 15, 2011 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
These are very comforting and comfortable books that, nonetheless, give the reader a completely new outlook on the world.

This book (whose title is guaranteed to make your fiance laugh when he catches you reading it) covers the continuing adventures of Precious Ramotswe as she deals with a depressed fiance, and navigates the pitfalls of being an empathetic employer. In this book, the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency investiates a possible case of spousal poisoning and tests to bonafides of beauty co
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