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by Carola Dunn

When the soprano singing the lead role in Verdi's Requiem drops dead of cyanide poisoning during the performance, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple joins Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Alex Fletcher in searching for the killer among a multitude of possible suspects.
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ISBN: 0312140363
ISBN13: 978-0312140366
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Carola Dunn
Language: English
Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (February 1, 1996)
Pages: 212 pages
ePUB size: 1958 kb
FB2 size: 1700 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 174
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When the temperamental mezzo-soprano Bettina Westlea drops dead in the middle of singing Verdi, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher has no shortage of suspects. And Daisy Dalrymple is eager to help him. Daisy was at the opera too and she has a taste for detection. Since everybody likes Daisy, and people tend to confide in her, she's in a unique position to be useful to Alec.

Daisy and Alec have been feeling attracted for a couple of books now. Finally they're going out to dinner and concerts at a cautious pace. Their relationship adds a lightly romantic touch to the series.

The plot seethes with complex relationships -- lovers kept apart by family, lovers who betray their spouses, spouses who put up with it and blame the artistic temperament. Almost all the characters are singers or musicians and their relatives.

The case is difficult to solve, and the solution is unexpected. The artistic types tend to fall into stereotypes to some extent, but they are a colorful bunch.

These books are definitely light reading, but I'm enjoying the series very much. The atmosphere of England in the twenties with its shifting class lines and changing social values is always interesting.
I enjoyed the previous two books in this series and was confident I'd like this one too so I bought it for my Kindle to read on holiday. Three books in I know what to expect from a Daisy Dalrymple mystery - well drawn cast of characters, fairly basic murder mystery, nice period setting with a dash of romance and social comedy. Ok, so in this one I correctly spotted the murderer very early in the proceedings but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book. However....
As I said, this was the third book in the series I read but it was the first I read on a Kindle. It was the most appallingly edited book I have ever read. Was it proof read at all or was there some disaster in the formatting for Kindle? Words that had to be split at the end of a line (and there were far too many)weren't hyphenated. Even more commonly nearly every page had words divided in two for no reason 'de cided' 'un dignified' and in the worst example 'a review' became 'are view' I had to reread the sentence to get the sense of that one. Throughout the book it was so constant that it became extremely irritating and distracted me from the action.
If there was a vast difference in price between hard copy books and ebooks customers might overlook the odd glitch though I think in this case it would be unacceptable even if it was being given away for free. As it is we pay enough that I think we are entitled to expect a well produced product where at least some rudimentary attention has been given to proof reading and editing. It would appear the publishers of this ebook didn't give a damn.
Good story but a very shoddy, substandard product.
My favorite in the series so far. There were many instances where I laughed out loud at Daisy and Alec's reactions and the things they said. I enjoyed this book immensely. Also glad Daisy is set to meet Belinda and Mrs. Fletcher at the end, although I would have liked to witness the tea party.

The only disappointment was Daisy cutting her hair. One of the things I like about her is the fact she doesn't feel a need to follow the crowd. Perhaps, if she had cut her hair for her own reasons instead of being hounded into it by Lucy, I'd feel differently.
This is a nice book, but the series seems to be getting too predictable. Daisy is, again, accidentally involved in a murder, and the usual cast of characters show up to help her and the Chief Inspector to solve the murders. Nothing wrong with this book at all; it's just too easy to guess the next move.
I think I'll take a break from this series for a bit, but I will get back to it.
Since only recently discovering books by Carola Dunn, I am now a serious addict. I first became aware of her newest series which are set in relatively contemporary Cornwall -- the Cornish Mysteries. After devouring the three that have appeared, I found that Ms Dunn had another earlier mystery series featuring Daisy Dalrymple which takes place in the early 1920s and am now going through them as fast as I can.
What I love about both series are the main characters, the interesting settings, the supporting characters, and the engaging situations. Ms Dunn's writing is light and just a bit folksy -- you feel that these people could very well be your own friends and neighbors. I am about half way through the Daisy Dalrymple series and am so happy there are nearly 10 more books in it. They such a completely satisfying read.
Keeps you guessing until the end, great characters, she describes them in such a way that you say to yourself that you know someone like that
Daisy is given a pair of tickets to see her neighbors Muriel Westlea and her sister Bettina Abernathy in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. She invites her favorite police officer, Alec Fletcher, to go with her. During the concert, Bettina takes a drink from a glass under her chair and immediately falls over dead. There is an odor of almonds. Was it cyanide? She was very unpleasant, but who hated her enough to kill her?
This is an excellent addition to the series. The singers are an interesting group of people, to the point of being bizarre. It is interesting to see the development of the relationship of Alec and Daisy.
The third in the Daisy Dalrymple series, Daisy and Alec finally go out on a date. The problem is, the opera singer falls down dead in the middle of a song. Daisy and Alec become embroiled in the mystery of who killed her.

Dunn continues to develop the main characters in ways that make sense- Daisy continues to pursue liberation- finally "shingling" her hair, and Alec becomes more developed as a man, not just a detective. Philip makes a brief appearance in this book, but we get to know Daisy's roommate Lucy more. An excellent read.