Requiem for a Mezzo

A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries (Volume 3 of 23)

Carola Dunn

Minotaur Books

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In March 1923, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple takes a break from her writing to attend a performance of Verdi's Requiem at the Albert Hall with Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher.  The tickets are a gift from Muriel Westlea, Daisy's neighbor and the sister of Bettina Westlea, who will be singing the mezzo role.  What should be a pleasant afternoon is quickly disrupted when, during the performance, Bettina falls dead on stage--killed by cyanide poisoning.  While it is quickly determined that Bettina's on-stage glass of liqueur was laced with the poison, discovering the person responsible will not prove to be an easy task.
Bettina was neither well liked nor well behaved, and many of her colleagues, associates, and even her family had good reason to want her dead.  Daisy, determined to help Detective Chief Inspector Fletcher whether he wants help or not, decides to do some investigating on her own.  But with so many suspects, the murderer may well go free....

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Requiem for a Mezzo
1As Daisy reached a second time for the gleaming brass knocker, the dark green front door opened."Oh, it's you, Daisy. Do come in," invited Muriel Westlea, an apologetic smile on her thin, perpetually worried face. A faded woman in her early thirties, she was drably dressed in a brown spotted challis well past its prime. "I'm sorry you had to wait, but it's our parlourmaid's day off. You haven't even got a coat.""It's all right, I only live next door after all, and it's a simply spiffing day. The daffodils are about to burst into bloom.

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"The author handles with finesse the ... anti-Semitism of the English upper class of the era."
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"Dunn describes 1920s London and the characters in detail."
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Carola Dunn

Carola Dunn was born and raised in England, where she attended the University of Manchester.  She now lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Requiem for a Mezzo
A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
Carola Dunn

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
January 1996
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ISBN: 9781466820630
ISBN10: 1466820632
250 pages
$7.99
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