Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, by Alexander McCall Smith
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency stories are always a pleasure in spite of how sidelined the mysteries may become. Mma Makutsi has a new baby before being able to make plans for her maternity leave, and in her absence, Mma Ramotswe realizes how very much she depends on Mma Makutsi. Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni takes Mma Ramotswe's melancholy to heart and, at the advice of Mma Motokwani, seeks to become a modern husband. In particular, Mma Ramotswe needs Mma Makutsi's help with her two most recent cases: A lawyer thinks that the heir to a large estate is an impostor in spite of all evidence, and there is a nasty rumor campaign to put a new beauty salon out of business.