After reading African stories dealing with civil war and genocide, it was such a pleasure to slip back into the world of Precious Ramotswe in Botswana. For those of you unfamiliar with The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? You simply must go out and get yourself the first book, sit down and enjoy!
Alexander McCall Smith creates such a wonderful setting with delightful characters; lucky readers are pleased to welcome them back in book after book. Morality for Beautiful Girls (the third book in the series) does not disappoint. I could almost see Mma Makutsi in her new role as acting manager for the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, and I clapped my hands in delight at her sharp wit and no-nonsense administration.
A few months back I rented the DVD’s for the HBO series based on the first few books. THEY WERE WONDERFUL! So rarely does a director capture the sense of place and the actors capture the unique characteristics of the charming people in books. This show does. Unfortunately, HBO decided not to continue with a second season, but left open the possibility of some stand-alone films based on Alexander McCall Smith’s books. I sincerely hope they do so. I, like everyone who has read The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, cannot get enough of it!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2001