Requiem for a mezzo

Carola Dunn

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Dunn, Carola. Daisy Dalrymple mysteries ; v. 3.
Daisy Dalrymple mysteries.
New York : St. Martin's Press c1996.
1st ed
Physical Description
212 p.
Main Author
Carola Dunn (-)
Review by Library Journal Review

Dunn's formula is strikingly similar to Fuller's. The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple and Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher (Death at Wentwater Court, St. Martin's, 1994) witness the on-stage poisoning of Daisy's next-door neighbor, a soloist. Alec heads the investigation but depends on foil Daisy for additional information. Most of the suspects bend her ear about the deceased, an ambitious, manipulative woman. Dunn describes 1920s London and the characters in detail and highlights the interplay between Daisy and Alec. A simple, snug read. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

Another adventure for the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, struggling in the years after WW I to build a writing career and to nourish a budding romance with Scotland Yard's Detective Inspector Alec Fletcher (The Winter Garden Mystery, p. 426)--both in conflict with the aristocratic strictures of the day. Daisy's next-door neighbor is Muriel Westlea, who lives with her sister Bettina, an aspiring opera singer, and brother-in-law Roger Abernathy, a music teacher much older than the mean-spirited, faithless wife on whom he dotes. Daisy and Alec are guests at an Albert Hall performance in which Bettina is singing a solo role, and after intermission, see her collapse and die after drinking from a poisoned decanter. Present in the lounge where the decanter sat during intermission were Bettina's recent lover, tenor Gilbert Gower, and his wife Jennifer; Muriel Westlea; Russian Jewish violinist Yakov Levich, who's in love with Muriel; aggressive bass Dimitri Marchenko, and Roger Abernathy, among others. Alec and his trusty Sergeant Tom Tring, with some discreet help from Daisy, try to sort out motives and methods, but it's an attempted copycat murder that eventually leads to a solution of the crime. The plotting is fussy--at times absurd--but the author handles with finesse the taken-for-granted anti-Semitism of the English upper class of the era: an unexpected plus in an otherwise easy-to- take but fluffy confection.

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