• Morality For Beautiful Girls

  • More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,559 ratings)

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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.

Listen to the other titles in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
©2001 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

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

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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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#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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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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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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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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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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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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another wonderful story

I always feel better about LIFE after listening to a book authored by Alexander McCall Smith.

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The No. 1 Ladies' Auto Repair Shop

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective series has been an enthusiastic five-star experience for me -- until now. As a big fan of Botswana, which I visited a few years ago, I loved reading about this wonderful African nation and its warm gentle people. Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi and her finance Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni are great characters, and Alexander McCall Smith does an excellent job of using their cases as launching points for a deeper look at the history and society of Botswana and Africa,

All of that remains true in this third entry in the series. Mma Ramotswe is hired to identify a possible poisoner while she tries to help her fiance deal with depression, and Mma Makutsi is hired to investigate the ethics of beauty pageant contestants while taking over J.L.B. Matekoni's auto repair shop while he is off dealing with his depression. Mma Makutsi especially shines in this volume both as a character and via the challenges that face her. And of course Lisette Lecat's narration is once again pitch perfect.

But it all seems to slight and without direction. There is no mystery in either case -- you just know exactly how they're going to resolve themselves, at least in general, not necessarily in specific detail. And J.L.B. Matekoni's situation, which takes up much of the first half of the book, is almost totally forgotten until a very hasty and inconclusive reprise right at the end. The same is true of the story of a village boy that kicks things off and then is rarely referenced and left unresolved.

I was left quite unsatisfied by this experience, despite my ongoing affection for the characters -- and not just in the end but all along.

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Really good!

I highly recommend it. I love learning about Botswana in addition to the interesting story line.