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Murder, She Wrote S02E12 (Murder by Appointment Only)

While in New York, Mrs. Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) is caught in a complex murder mystery featuring an unknown lipstick, a former student of hers (Elizabeth, the victim), her shady past and her fiancé, co-owner of Lila Lee, a door-to-door cosmetic company. Always willing to help with the investigation, Jessica and the local lieutenant Varick (Herb Edelman) discuss a jewel-studded lipstick case found on the crime scene, the lipstick in it and the one used to vandalise a portrait of the victim in her apartment.

The lipstick Varick is holding is pale pink, definitely not the bright orange-based red on the portrait.

Norman Amberson (Robert Culp), Elizabeth’s fiancé, confirms Jessica’s observation: the lipstick in the jewel case is Midnight Pink [1].

Later in the episode, Jessica’s nephew Grady (Michael Horton) finds a lipstick in the Lila Lee sales kit.

He thinks he’s found the one, but Jessica disagrees. The shade is not the same. “It’s a little bit too pink”, she says, and we, lipstick lovers, are furiously nodding because we know what she means.

This shade is Tangerine Glow. Still not right. But while checking the complete list of Lila Lee lipstick shades, Jessica finds a code number is missing.

She pretends to be a Lila Lee saleswoman whose customers want the lipstick with the missing code and pays a visit to Mr. Hillsdale (Fred Ponzlov), the chemist who created it.

Hillsdale’s reply sounds like a death toll: that colour has been discontinued. Lila Lee Amberson didn’t like how it looked on the rim of a white cup.

That perfect shade, “not too orangey, not too pink”, was called Tangerine Twist [2].

Here lies the solution of the mystery. The discontinued lipstick was used at a photoshoot, confiscated by Lila Lee Amberson (remember that she hated it) and passed to her brother, Elizabeth’s fiancé. At this point the murderer’s identity is clear, right?

[1] Maybelline did a bright pink lipstick with the same name. Maybe this episode served as source of inspiration.

[2] Jafra did a frost orange lipstick with the same name.

Murder, She Wrote S02E05 (Sing a Song of Murder)

Emma McGill (Angela Lansbury) is a musical theatre actress who lives in London. She has a striking resemblance with her American cousin, Jessica Fletcher, whom she’s reunited in a complex plot of fake death.

The large plastic box on her dressing table is Chloé perfumed dusting powder. The lid of the box is decorated with the trademark calla lilies, famously featured in the eau de parfum bottle, too.

Angela Lansbury’s Dressing Table (2007)



condition_3in1mousse_bornunicornL’Oreal Visible Lift liquid foundation, MAC Gentle Off eye and lip make-up remover,  Sebastian Originals Shaper hair-spray and Condition 3-in-1 moisturizing mousse can be seen on the dressing table of Angela Lansbury.

physiciansformula_multicolouredblushpalette_bornunicornThe mosaic-looking blush is Physicians Formula powder palette multi-coloured blush.

williamtuttlecolourfoundation_bornunicorn.jpgThe white pot behind the lash curler is William Tuttle cover foundation.

This portrait was taken by Rivka S. Katvan behind the scenes of Deuce, the Terrence McNally play which ran on Broadway in 2007.

Thanks to my readers Sara for the hair-spray id and Jessica for the blush, Tuttle and mousse ids.