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Requiem for a Mezzo: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery | [Carola Dunn]

Requiem for a Mezzo: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

With dashing Scotland Yard Inspector Alec Fletcher at her side, Daisy is enjoying a delightful performance of Verdi's Requiem, featuring her neighbor Muriel Westlea's celebrated sister, Bettina. But when all that emerges from the doomed diva's vocal chords is a dying gasp, Daisy soon discovers that the notoriously difficult opera star had her share of adversaries.
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Publisher's Summary

With dashing Scotland Yard Inspector Alec Fletcher at her side, Daisy is enjoying a delightful performance of Verdi's Requiem, featuring her neighbor Muriel Westlea's celebrated sister, Bettina. But when all that emerges from the doomed diva's vocal chords is a dying gasp, Daisy soon discovers that the notoriously difficult opera star had her share of adversaries; among them a smugly philandering tenor, a burly Russian bass, and even her own vocal coach husband, with whom she shared a hardly harmonious marriage.

Did one of them fatally poison the acclaimed mezzo? Or is someone else determined to see that Daisy's investigation ends on as bitter a note as Bettina's fateful last performance?

©1996 Carola Dunn; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc

What the Critics Say

"Dunn describes 1920s London and the characters in detail and highlights the interplay between Alec and Daisy. A snug read." (Library Journal)

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    Julia L. Scott Tampa, FL United States 09-08-06
    Julia L. Scott Tampa, FL United States 09-08-06 Member Since 2001

    itmaven

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    "Pleasant Listen"

    A very nice listen, a goog mystery for drve time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-16-12
    Lori Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Veterinary Technician, book addict.

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    "Please get the rest of the series in audible!"

    Love Daisy. Why only four of the books available? And such a big gap between book three and book ten or so?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 10-19-10
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 10-19-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Daisy rides again!"

    These books are lightweight and very enjoyable. Ms Dunn does a fabulous job writing about the music in this book. The regular characters, Daisy, the heroine, Lucy, her BFF, Alec, the dashing Inspector, and his policemen are well rounded. The new characters for the mystery are interesting and you actually care about them. I did figure out "whodunnit" but that didn't take away from my enjoyment. Bernadette Dunne did a nice job with the many voices. I saw a comment that didn't care for her voices but they suited the story, at least for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Burnaby, BC, Canada 12-06-11
    Teresa Burnaby, BC, Canada 12-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Light, easy and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook because the story is entertaining, the narrator has captured the essence of the story and the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Requiem for a Mezzo?

    I really enjoyed when Daisy and Alec went out for dinner.


    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

    Of course the main character, Daisy Dalrymple and Alec Fletcher are the usual favorites but I do like Daisys roommate Lucy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to sit and listening to the whole story but unfortunately I could not.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see all of the Daisy Dalrymple books in audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 04-18-10
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 04-18-10

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "Needs a stronger formula"

    accurate historical information + interesting period verisimilitude + quirky characters + reasonable (or bizarro) plot + good narration= a great mystery listen

    not quite enough of any of the above to recommend this

    I enjoyed the first two in this series but both the novel and Dunne's narration seemed weaker (less British?) in this offering, even for a $12.23 listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Germantown, TN, United States 03-06-09
    Leslie Germantown, TN, United States 03-06-09
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    "Couldn't listen to narrator"

    I enjoy this series when reading silently, but I couldn't listen to even one hour of this narrator. She acted out the characters' voices, making them whispery and simpering, and I think if she had just read it straight in her natural voice, it might have been ok. I hate to write something negative, but I wish I had known about this. Maybe, if it didn't make the site too slow, we could try out 4 min. or so of a book before buying??

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MrsLee California 01-30-13
    MrsLee California 01-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Long time LibraryThing member. Love to read a variety of books, usually more than one at a time.

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    "A fun experience"
    Where does Requiem for a Mezzo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this audio book very much. The reader was delightful and the setting of the Twenties is one I like to read about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daisey and her policeman set just the right tone for me. Not sappy, not antagonistic to each other, simply enjoying their relationship blooming.


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing the characters with an accent helps to put me in the story. Some of her voices are odd, but not enough to take me out of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it made me smile for the most part.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ms M Morrissey - McKenzie
    3/5/07
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    "Requiem for a Mezzo"

    Interesting enough book. But the irritating false British accent of the narrator detracts completely from the plot.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon Spiteri
    London
    6/14/11
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    "Hear the sample before you buy..."

    I didn't and I could kick myself. I can't move beyond the silly accent, it keeps grating on my nerves and what should have been a very enjoyable few hours (at least based on the first Daisy Dalrymple mystery which I read in paperback) has turned into a painful chore. I'd rather it was read in an American accent or whatever the reader's native accent is, than this farcical attempt at English RP. Sounds to me like it could only be passed off as an English accent to any other than an English audience. Maybe this was aimed at the American market? I rate it two starts for the narration, not the book which I shall have to read in paperback.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louisa
    Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom
    6/15/10
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    "You get used to the funny accent"

    Once you get used to the reader's funny accent she is really very good and brings all the characters to life. Don't be too put off you soon get used to it. The stories are a bit whimsical but a very easy listen. Excellent for those moments of stress when you want something light! And of course you want to know what happens to Daisy next...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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