Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith

Highly reminiscent of Miss Marple from the Agatha Christie novels of my early youth, Ms. Precious Ramotswe, the heroine of the series of books by Alexander McCall Smith, can be rightfully called the Miss Marple of Botswana.

Evidently the third in the series of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, I found this to be a lightweight paperback novel that hearkens back to a more simplistic era of story-telling: simple characters that have just enough mystery to hold your attention to keep turning the pages without ever being on edge or expecting too much.

Mr. Alexander McCall Smith adopts a much different style in his Isabel Dalhousie series as well as the 44 Scotland Street series that despite being lightweight reading have a certain quality about them that introduce the most abstract topics in a most philosophical way, making the stories as endearing as they are thought-provoking.

While I might not continue with the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, I will continue to hold Mr. McCall Smith in the highest regard and count him among the finest storytellers of our generation.



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