Mma Ramotswe is encountering her share of problems as founder and owner of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. She is having financial difficulties which she resolves by spending more. Her fiancee the reliable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is not taking an interest in anything. Of course Mma Ramorswe solves this problem also.
This time Mma Ramotswe is asked to find out who is poisoning an important Government Man's family. Her agency is also asked to investigate the characters of the four finalists of the Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest.
Every problem has a solution and all is dispensed with a healthy dose of morality. Alexander McCall Smith might be likened to Aesop in his tales. Each has a story and a moral to that story
First Line: "Mma Ramotswe, the daughter of the late Obed Ramotswe of Mochudi, near Gaborone, Botswana, Africa, was the announced fiancee of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, son of the late Pumphamilitse Matekoni, of Tlokweng, peasant farmer and latterly chief caretaker of the Railway head Office"