This is the third story featuring Mma Ramotswe.

(The others were The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and Tears of the Giraffe.)

It is well up to the usual standard and, if you liked the first two, you’ll like this one as well. Since I have waxed lyrical about the characters and setting in the last two posts, in this one I may as well tell you about one of the cases.

The case after which the book is named – one investigated by the blossoming Mma Makutsi – is a piece of background research into the finalists for a beauty competition which has in the past been plagued by embarassing bad-girl winners. The ladies are to choose the winner in advance, based on her character rather than her looks – now doesn’t that make a novel and refreshing take on the way these contests are fixed?