by Evelyn Smith
At the posh annual East-West Association Dinner, the very proper, very upper crust Miss Susan Melville excuses herself from her table to powder her nose. The corridor is empty so she may pursue her real reason for attending the dinner: she takes her .38 out of her handbag and fires at the speaker, a foreign ambassador, and a neat little hole appears in his forehead. The demure Miss Melville is a professional assassin. During the course of the book the reader learns the reasons for Miss Melville's career choice and whether or not she relishes her work. Miss Melville is certainly not a tradional heroine and much of the book is tongue in cheek; both qualities intensify the appeal. This effort inspired a series; Miss Melville Regrets is far superior to the other titles. -- recommended by Rianne S. - Bennett Martin Public Library
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