Requiem for a Mezzo, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781845297459

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Daisy and Alec finally get to go on a date to a concert at the Albert Hall. Unsurprisingly the mezzo-soprano, also Daisy's next door neighbour, drops dead during the concert and it looks like she was murdered. Alec and his team take on the case and Alec, unsuccessfully tries to prevent Daisy from getting too involved. This is another fun and fast read, and I love how the relationships of the main characters are developing between the books.

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When Daisy receives a concert invitation from her neighbor and asks Alex to join her, she once again finds her embroiled a case. At the concert, the soprano sips her drink and collapses. The authorities immediately recognize that she was poisoned, but was it really cyanide or something else?

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Daisy is planning a relaxing evening out with Alec, not expecting that it's going to turn into a murder mystery with the victim being an unpleasant mezzo soprano who is coincidentally Daisy's neighbour. There's a lot of people with motive to kill her and things keep getting complicated with a lot of red herrings and some other unpleasant people to deal with.It's not a bad read, didn't like it as much as the others in the series but it's fun reading and she does get the period feel well, she reads like a lot of the authors of that era that I've read before.

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