Bantam of the Opera by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

Dying at the excessive CeesBed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn isn't really precisely bellowing "Bravo!" over the inside track 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 may simply devour her out of condo and residential. So while 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. Now it really is curtains except the cousins can unmask the true wrongdoer -- sooner 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 big name 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 condominium 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. And it truly is curtains except the cousins can unmask the true culprit--before a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.

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Screw it,” murmured Judith. “You’re almost right,” breathed Joe. They went up the back stairs. Joe didn’t have time in the morning to clean up or set the table for breakfast, but Judith didn’t mind. At least not a lot. By seven-thirty, she had matters well in hand, with the dishwasher going, breakfast cooking, and the dining room once again ready to serve a meal. When her guests straggled down, virtually in the same order they had arrived for the cocktail hour, she made her announcement. Dinner was not usually included in the price of a stay at Hillside Manor.

There’s no accounting for people. By the way, who belongs to that gray car that was parked in front of the Steins’ house? ” The question was typical of Arlene. Carl, as the block watch captain, had long ago delegated his responsibilities to his wife, who had been watching the block long before the term was invented. “I don’t know,” replied Judith. ” But Arlene shook her head. “They’re in Mexico. Anyway, a man was sitting in it. ” Her blue eyes shot Judith a meaningful look. “That RV was enough to draw anybody’s attention,” said Judith.

Heavy. ” It was true that Mario Pacetti’s guest room contained most of the Victorian pieces Judith had left in what had first been her grandparents’, and later her parents’, bedroom. They matched, they fit, and most guests exclaimed at the oldfashioned comfort. ” Judith inquired. “No, no,” Plunkett replied with a mournful air. “At least the front bedroom is over the porch. ” Puzzled by the business manager’s attitude, Judith proffered the appetizer plate. ” 26 / Mary Daheim Plunkett declined food, but gazed wistfully at the sherry.

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