Morality for Beautiful Girls

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Morality for Beautiful Girls
First edition
Author Alexander McCall Smith
Country Scotland
Language English
Series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series
Genre Detective, Mystery novel
Publisher Polygon Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback), Audio (Cassette & CD)
Pages 256 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-7486-6297-9 (first edition, paperback)
OCLC 46693682
823/.914 21
LC Class PR6063.C326 M67 2001
Preceded by Tears Of The Giraffe (2000)
Followed by The Kalahari Typing School for Men (2002)

Morality for Beautiful Girls is the third in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith, set in Gaborone, Botswana, and featuring the Motswana protagonist Precious Ramotswe.

Plot summary[edit]

Mma Ramotswe is engaged to "the excellent" Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, but faces a slowdown of business at the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency that threatens its existence.

Forced to make difficult choices, Mma Ramotswe moves the business into the office of her fiancé's garage and makes her assistant, Mma Grace Makutsi, its assistant manager. At just this time, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has been showing signs of lethargy and neglecting his business.


An important government man approaches Mma Ramotswe to investigate his sister-in-law, whom he suspects of attempting to poison his brother.


The beauty contest: Mma Makutsi interviews beauty competition competitors to determine their good character.

The mysterious orphan: Mma Silvia Potokwane, matron of the local orphanage, deals with a strange new child who, it is rumored, has been raised by lions.


  1. The World as Seen by Another Person
  2. A Boy in the Night
  3. Garage Affairs
  4. A Visit to Dr Moffat
  5. The Government Man
  6. Under New Management
  7. The Girl with Three Lives
  8. Low Serotonin Levels
  9. At the Orphan Farm
  10. The Clerk's Tale
  11. Mma Potokwani Obliges
  12. Family Business
  13. The Chief Justice of Beauty
  14. God Decided that Botswana Would Be a Dry Place
  15. What do you want to do with your Life?
  16. The Cook's Tale
  17. An Excellent Type of Girl
  18. The First Step
  19. The Words for Africa