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.