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Requiem for a Mezzo: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery [Hardcover]

Carola Dunn
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Feb 1996
With dashing Scotland Yard detective Alec Fletcher at her side, Daisy Dalrymple is enjoying a splendid performance of Verdi’s Requiem featuring her neighbour Muriel Westlea’s celebrated sister, Bettina. But the show comes to an abrupt end when what emerges from the star’s gifted vocal chords is literally a dying gasp. Daisy soon learns that the doomed diva was notoriously difficult and had more than her share of enemies. There’s a philandering tenor, a burly Russian bass and even her own vocal coach husband, with whom she had a turbulent relationship. Did one of them poison the singer? Or was it someone determined to see that Daisy’s investigation ends on as bitter a note as Bettina’s last performance . . . Praise for the Daisy Dalrymple series: ‘Dunn describes 1920s London and the characters in detail and highlights the interplay between Alec and Daisy.’ Library Journal ‘Engaging . . . Dunn’s style gives an entertaining spark.’ Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312140363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312140366
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,360,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third in the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Born and raised in England, Carola Dunn now lives in Eugene, Oregon, USA. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Requiem for a Mezzo (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries) 4 April 2009
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This was another pleasant,'easy read'. I love the Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, and pass them along to my daughter when I've read them.
I now own most of the series, and would recommend them to anyone who wants a book that's quite well written, but without endless pages of 'nothing' but boredom.
Daisy does it for me every time!!!!!!
Well done Carola - keep them coming, please!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 13 Jun 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What an insight into the artistic world. It is really rare that the Mezzo gets killed, so there are additional points for that, as it's usually the soprano. Very inventive, good background work, and who could resist the sleuthing damsel. Am definitely going to read more of her books.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Will Stop the Show 7 Jan 2004
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple and Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher are hoping to enjoy a nice quiet afternoon at a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. The first half goes well, but after the intermission, Daisy’s neighbor, raising mezzo Bettina Westlea, takes a sip from her bottle on stage and drops dead. Alec is upset that Daisy has once again gotten involved in one of his cases, but he must accept her help when suspects start telling her things they refuse to tell the police. Each of them has a different chief suspect in mind, but Bettina has made enough enemies that there are plenty of lesser suspects. Will they find the killer?
This book brings 1923 London to vivid life and fills it with interesting characters. The plot does seem to get bogged down a few times with a little too much recap, but it includes a couple of nice twists and kept me guessing. My biggest complain was the ending. It felt rushed, and therefore I felt cheated.
If you enjoy mysteries with a historic setting and interesting characters, this series is certainly for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What ho? 31 July 2010
As a murder mystery fan I enjoyed this. Very light and quick to read but keeps you guessing to the last pages. Great for holiday reading and fans of Agatha Christie, Poirot, Miss Marple who enjoy mysteries set in the 1920's. On a picky note the publishers could do with a better proof reader - as a spelling bore I found it frustrating but hey that's just me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Spiffing 24 July 2010
An excellent lightweight read for fans of period mysteries. The twenties are invoked with a delicate touch, which keeps the characters entertaining and approachable. Well worth picking up for an evening's escapism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wise change of setting 28 Jun 2010
By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE
After the first two books in the series it rather seemed as if our heroine was set to discover a dead body in one country house that she was photographing after another. Thankfully the auther seems to have realised that not only was this going to start to feel a bit samey, but that it would become increasingly difficult to shoehorn in Daisy's two competing suitors. The action in this therefore switches to London - and an artistic milieu described as effectively as the country houses had been - and ends with a development in the Hon. Miss Dalrymple's working life that looks likely to make that the location of future books as well.

In other respects the book is essentially more of the same, but none the worse for that. Even if she doesn't push any boundaries, there is no doubt that Carola Dunn can write very nicely and the book carries one along as well as one could wish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death and Verdi 21 Oct 2011
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Daisy Dalrymple and DCI Alec Fisher attend a concert performance of Verdi's Requiem. Unfortunately the mezzo soprano drops dead after drinking from the glass beside her. Alec immediately takes charge of the case and stops everyone leaving the Albert Hall.

The dead singer was Daisy's next door neighbour though Daisy hardly knew her. It soon become clear to both Alec and Daisy that just about all the late singer's acquaintance as well as her downtrodden sister and hen pecked husband could have had means motive and opportunity for lacing Bettina's drink with poison.

Naturally Alec wants to keep Daisy out of the case as much as possible but he soon finds that she can be very useful as people talk to her where they might not be willing to talk to the police. The large and flamboyant Sergeant Tring features in this story and he is one of my favourite characters with his hearty appetite and loud check suits. The relationship between Daisy and Alec is developing well though Daisy has yet to meet his daughter Belinda.

I really enjoy this series. It is well written with very likeable characters. All the characters, even the minor ones, are well drawn and really come to life on the page. The plot is complex and keeps the reader guessing until very close to the end because of the multiplicity of suspects and plenty of red herrings. When I looked back I could see exactly how the ending was foreshadowed though I did not see it at the time I was reading. One of the best I've read in this series so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good plot 4 April 2014
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Just another good read. Always enjoy carola dunn's books. Wish some more of my favourite authors would get down to writing more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Another enjoyable outing for Daisy Dalrymple. An ideal read for when you just want switch off and relax with a good book!
Published 3 days ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
The main character Daisy is one you can't help but get involved with. The books are easy to read and very entertaining. Ideal for holiday or light reading.
Published 4 months ago by Claire Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful bit of whimsy
Whilst Daisy Dalrymple may not be the ideal detective for the crime affcionado I find the crimes she is involved in lighthearted and whimsical and perfect for the era they are set... Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. M. Bott
4.0 out of 5 stars Poison flows like Champagne
Once more Daisy is in at the kill. For someone who does not care for country sports she is more often in at the kill than a Master of Foxhounds. Read more
Published 7 months ago by al'Miral
4.0 out of 5 stars 20's crime
Would love to see how this could be transferred to the TV. Lots of different characters and keeps you guessing until almost the end to discover 'who did it' and why. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bonjovi
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If you want a light holiday read that doesn't require any thinking then is for you. The language is all a bit twee though - spiffing and top ho gets on your nerves if you read a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by DJ
4.0 out of 5 stars music and passions
this novel set in a musical household showed passions developing in a family and Daisy's part in them and again, the development of her feelings for Alex
Published 17 months ago by B.E.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Little Novel
The first thing I should say to anyone who hasn't read any Daisy Dalrymple books is that I think some people who have criticised them harshly have missed the point. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Shouna Falconer
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of the Missing Proof Reader
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. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Trish23
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing Daisy
I have loved the several Daisy Dalrymple books I have already read but this was oh so very disappointing. Read more
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