Miss Melville Regrets

Miss Melville Regrets

Evelyn E. Smith / Aug 25, 2019

Miss Melville Regrets What can a woman do Susan Melville s trust fund is dwindling her teaching job is terminated her lover is abroad for the season and her apartment is going co op So naturally Miss Melville decides to

  • Title: Miss Melville Regrets
  • Author: Evelyn E. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780449212592
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • What can a woman do Susan Melville s trust fund is dwindling, her teaching job is terminated, her lover is abroad for the season, and her apartment is going co op So naturally Miss Melville decides to shoot herself at a posh society party Unfortunately, she misses and kills the guest of honor instead When she slips out the door, a stranger follows He thanks her forWhat can a woman do Susan Melville s trust fund is dwindling, her teaching job is terminated, her lover is abroad for the season, and her apartment is going co op So naturally Miss Melville decides to shoot herself at a posh society party Unfortunately, she misses and kills the guest of honor instead When she slips out the door, a stranger follows He thanks her for doing the job for him, and Miss Melville s new career is born.Of course she has scruples Miss Melville won t kill just anybody, but she s about to face a job that even she will find a challenge of the most dangerous order, an assignment she just might regret for good

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        Evelyn E Smith was an American author of Science Fiction During the 50 s her works appeared regularly in magazines such as Galaxy and Fantastic Universe In the 80 s she wrote a number of novels featuring the character Miss Melville about a middle aged assassin She also wrote as Delphine C Lyons and Christopher Grimm.


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    1. Susan Melville grew up the privileged, wealthy daughter of New York blue-bloods, assured of her comfortable place in Society. But it's the 1980s, and the city has changed since Wharton's era. The Melville money is gone and Susan's rent-controlled apartment is being sold out from under her to form condos. In despair, she sneaks into a party with the object of committing suicide. But as she pulls her father's gun from her purse, she questions why she should die and the unscrupulous businessman who [...]


    2. An upper-crust lady d'un certain age accidentally finds herself a career as an assassin. Read -- and enjoyed -- when I was a teenager, and occasionally vaguely thought of since. I'd forgotten the title but not the plot. But while digging up information about Evelyn Smith, a riotously funny author of science fiction short stories in 1950s Galaxy magazines (available now on Gutenberg!), I serendipitously discovered that the author of these was the same as the author of that, and Miss Melville Regr [...]


    3. Well written story that is so subtly funny that I have read it twice when I needed a good laugh, a quick read, and a reminder that there's a job for everyone. And you'll love the targets that she'll accept.It's too bad that security cameras, CSI and modern forensics have made this series out-dated. It leaves you longing for the good old days, when middle-aged spinsters could get away with murder. I'm so excited to learn that there are more books and that it's a series. I found this at a thrift s [...]



    4. Fun book to read. What I would call a cozy mystery only the main character; Miss Melville is an assassin. The adventure begins with the first chapter. Quick easy reading and humorous.


    5. My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.


    6. I read this sometime in the 70's. I thought it was very funny. I don't think I have run across anything quite like it since.


    7. I enjoyed reading this book. I could see in my minds eye a movie/tv show as I read. I plan on getting more of the books in this series, such a fun read.


    8. It's a shame this book is no longer in print (or at least, I think it is no longer in print, I could be wrong, it wouldn't be the first time) because the premise is so unique. A middle-aged woman who takes up a career of being an assassin (but only of "bad" people). I first read this book in my 20's and then reread it a couple of years ago and still enjoyed it immensely, although I'm now older than the character and kinda resent the idea that middle-aged women become "invisible" and thus can sho [...]


    9. This is a 3 1/2. This is the second (third?) time I've read it, and I'm surprised I didn't rank it at a 4 or a 5--I am sure I would have the first time.I love this unique way that Miss Melville resolves her situation of being surprisingly unemployed in her 50s. I don't want to give it a way, but it was a great surprise. This time, though, I was a bit disconcerted by an action she took at the end of the novel that bothered me so much it lowered the rating. Still, I decided to reread this book bec [...]


    10. Original review: I got this from the library and started it yesterday when my icky snotty cold made me too dumb to read nonfiction. This book was perfect! Much the way Mrs. Pollifax accidentally becomes a secret agent, Miss Melville stumbles into a new career as an assassin. She specializes in charity dinners and benefits, shooting the guest of honor during his speech, and she gets away with it because, as a woman of a certain age, people don't even notice her. She also has quick wits and a lot [...]


    11. This is an odd book, probably now really very good, but I had a good time reading it. Written with tongue firmly in cheek, it's about a middle-aged spinster who becomes a hit woman. She researches all her contracts before she kills them, and only kills those who she feels are truly vile and deserving of death. Until. . . .


    12. This was a delightful mystery, well written, good plot ---very good! “Nothing ever does turn out the way you imagine it, she thought “When your dreams come true, too often you find out that they were nightmares all along.” Page 269 Did order the other books in this series.


    13. This is one of my favorite mysteries. I love Miss Melville, a member of "real" NY blue bloods, who has fallen on hard times. She makes ends meet by crashing weddings and posh events for food. Then she accidently kills an assassin's target and he recruits her as a pro. Delightful.


    14. I love Miss Melville. No nonsensed of course she has standards about who she's willing to assassinate. Three and a half stars.


    15. Darkly hilarious comedy of manners about middle-aged, highly proper Miss Melville who becomes a highly-paid assassin. Very witty and fun reading!


    16. What a fun read. Middle-aged socialite turned to assassin. And the social commentary was priceless. I can't wait to read the next one.




    17. This is a 180 degree turn from Mrs. Polifax, Miss Marple, etc. It is a fun read as I laughed at the antics and found myself wanting to be the friend of an assasin.




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