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Murder Has a Pretty Face

(1981)
(The eighth book in the Charmian Daniels series)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
Melville brings back recently widowed CID Inspector Charmian Daniels, last seen in Windsor Red . A murder and several burglaries have struck her quiet English town, and Charmian must take over both cases when her superior officer is injured. The sexually mutilated murdered man was found to be carrying a card with Charmian's married surname. The venue of the thefts--a furrier and a jeweler's shops--lead her to believe they were committed by women. Meanwhile the reader is introduced to the criminal gang: beauty-shop owner Diana King, her accountant half-sister Bee Dawson, manicurist ''Baby'' Barker, and her lover Phyllis (Phil) Ladbury. Charmian, a customer in Diana's shop, becomes suspicious. The stage is set for a battle of will and skill between Diana and Charmian, who appears to turn rogue. While Melville has written solid mysteries in the past, this one, sadly, lacks tension. The characterization is weak and stereotyped, with the feminist issues central to her previous books being given somewhat perfunctory treatment, aside from the central fact that the gang consists of women who are not particularly fond of men.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

May 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Murder Has a Pretty Face (Charmian Daniels)
Author(s): Jennie Melville
ISBN: 1-4472-9603-6 / 978-1-4472-9603-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
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August 1996 : UK Hardback
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Title: Murder Has a Pretty Face
Author(s): Jennie Melville
ISBN: 0-7505-1047-1 / 978-0-7505-1047-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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March 1995 : UK Hardback

Title: Murder Has a Pretty Face
Author(s): Jennie Melville
ISBN: 0-7278-4735-X / 978-0-7278-4735-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
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September 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Murder Has a Pretty Face
Author(s): Jennie Melville
ISBN: 0-312-03405-9 / 978-0-312-03405-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Murder Has a Pretty Face (Charmian Daniels)
Author(s): Jennie Melville
ISBN: 1-4472-9604-4 / 978-1-4472-9604-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Bello
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August 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Murder Has a Pretty Face
Author(s): Jennie Melville
ISBN: 0-373-26079-2 / 978-0-373-26079-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harlequin Books
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