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 inside track that obnoxious opera famous person 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 may possibly 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 companion, cousin Renie. Now it is curtains except the cousins can unmask the true offender -- prior to a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.DEATH at the excessive CEESBed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn is not precisely bellowing "Bravo!" over the inside track that obnoxious opera superstar 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 possibly simply devour her out of residence 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 companion, cousin Renie. And it truly is curtains except the cousins can unmask the true culprit--before a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.

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Mr. Pacetti is very accident-prone,” explained Plunkett. ” Judith hadn’t. Running her own business barely gave her time to get through the daily newspaper. It had been years since she’d subscribed to Opera News. One of her greatest laments was how little time she could spend on leisure reading. As a former librarian, she often felt she was betraying her calling. Sipping at his sherry, Plunkett appeared to unbend a bit. “Two years ago, in Buenos Aires, during the triumphal procession, the wheel fell off his chariot when he was singing Radames in Aïda.

Really, I hate to go on. I’m not even mentioning the things that happen to the poor man off the stage. ” Lost in thought, Judith caught herself almost violating her hostess code by sampling the calamari. Quickly, she clamped both hands to her sides. “I hope he’s insured,” she remarked, though the thought was more for herself than Pacetti. She might do well to call her agent in the morning and up her liability. She hadn’t checked into her coverage since opening the B&B almost three years earlier.

Since the two men were still in the living room, Judith had to presume that the Pacettis didn’t wish to be overheard. A horn honked outside just as Judith dished up the scrambled eggs. She hurried through the entry hall to look out the front door and make sure it was Renie and Bill. The blue Chevrolet sedan stood parked in the drive. Bill had popped the trunk open; Renie was waving through the windshield. Judith started to wave back, then noticed that she had forgotten to bring in the morning paper.

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