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Miss Melville Returns by Evelyn E. Smith
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Miss Melville Returns (1987)

by Evelyn E. Smith

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When an obnoxious and untalented South American artist collapses and dies at the opening of his gallery show, Susan Melville, artist and retired hitwoman, suspects that something more than chance might be involved. She is soon distracted by the New York art world, including her pushy agent, an attractive museum official and a mysterious dead artist who is the toast of the American art scene, never dreaming that all these pieces may fit together and that she may be called to resume her former calling once more. I enjoyed this book, but I have problems with the main character whose personality doesn't seem very clear. ( )
  Bjace | Apr 18, 2013 |
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Here, for the inevitable delight of readers everywhere, is the return of Miss Susan Melville, the professional assassin one learned to love in _Miss_Melville_Regrets_. Miss Melvillie, now an equally successful artist, has the role of amateur sleuth thrust on her when a world-renowned artist is laid low during a knock-'em-dead speach that, in fact, turns out to be just that. The death, as Miss Melville quickly discovers, is not from natural causes but is the inevitable result of some very shady, dangerous dealings taking place in New York City's art world. Setting out on the investigative path, Miss Melville is greeted along the way by arson, drug smuggling, and more murder. Step-by-step she unravels the mystery with the same acerbic wit and deadly charm that made here initial debut such an enormous, resounding sucess. [From book jacket]
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Set in the worlds of art galleries and high fashion, this second Miss Melville novel has all of the delicious wit and charm of Miss Melville Regrets.

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