Bantam of the Opera by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

Demise at the excessive CeesBed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn is not precisely bellowing "Bravo!" over the scoop that obnoxious opera megastar Mario Pacetti and his entourage are coming to stick on the Hillside Manor. The world-class tenor is a popular pain-in-the-neck -- a bloated buffoon who may well simply consume her out of apartment and residential. So whilst the puffed-up, would-be Pavarotti inadvertently beverages poison and falls down lifeless on his tosca, accusing eyes flip to Judith and her beginner sleuthing accomplice, cousin Renie. Now it truly is curtains except the cousins can unmask the true wrongdoer -- earlier than a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.DEATH at the excessive CEESBed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn isn't really precisely bellowing "Bravo!" over the scoop that obnoxious opera megastar Mario Pacetti and his entourage are coming to stick on the Hillside Manor. The world-class tenor is a well known pain-in-the-neck--a bloated buffoon who might simply consume her out of condo and residential. So whilst the puffed-up, would-be Pavarotti inadvertently beverages poison and falls down useless on his tosca, accusing eyes flip to Judith and her beginner sleuthing associate, cousin Renie. And it is curtains except the cousins can unmask the true culprit--before a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.

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Lodgers were expected to eat elsewhere. She assumed their day would be full. They might not see their hostess again until evening. Judith held her breath, waiting for outraged cries. None were forthcoming. Mario Pacetti announced that he would be rehearsing all day; Bruno Schutzendorf said he was going on a tour of local recording studios; Winston Plunkett and Tippy de Caro were off to meet with the media on their client’s behalf; and Amina Pacetti was going to glue herself to her husband’s side at the opera house.

The first ones he sings in Traviata! ‘Mar-che-se…’” The stricken tenor sang the word, sotto voce. ” Everyone, including Judith, stared at Pacetti. Plunkett made a clucking noise in his throat, Tippy squealed, Schutzendorf rumbled, and Amina had gone quite pale under her makeup. “Brandy,” mumbled Judith. ” She started for the kitchen just as the water for her cauliflower boiled over onto the stove. Reaching for the burner with one hand and groping in the liquor cabinet with the other, she could hear the wails of Amina, the groans of Pacetti, the rumbles of Schutzendorf.

She pointed to the shirt, hanging about eight inches from his nose. Since their marriage, the closet had been divided down the middle, with Judith’s wardrobe to the left, and Joe’s on the right. The bedroom’s cheerful yellow and white decor, with its chintz curtains and dormer windows, had taken on a more masculine air. Especially, Judith thought with a little grimace, when Joe left his shoulder holster draped over the chair in front of the dressing table. “I may have to renege on going to the airport,” Judith said with a doleful expression.

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