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Bantam of the Opera by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

Dying at the excessive CeesBed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn is not 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 popular pain-in-the-neck -- a bloated buffoon who may well simply devour her out of residence and residential. So while the puffed-up, would-be Pavarotti inadvertently beverages poison and falls down lifeless on his tosca, accusing eyes flip to Judith and her novice sleuthing accomplice, cousin Renie. Now it truly is curtains except the cousins can unmask the true perpetrator -- prior to 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 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 perhaps simply consume her out of residence 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 novice sleuthing accomplice, cousin Renie. And it is curtains until the cousins can unmask the genuine culprit--before a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.

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I told them you were going to be gone for an hour or two. I put Dippy or Drippy or Tippy or whatever her name is in charge. If that bimbo can’t pour a cup of coffee, she might as well resign from the human race. Let’s hit it, Mr. Jones. ” Bill did, and they were. FIVE RENIE TALKED JUDITH into stopping for an early lunch at a restaurant en route from the airport. The New Orleans flight had taken off almost half an hour late and by the time the cousins left the terminal, it was approaching eleven-thirty.

Dr. Feldman is around the corner, to your left, second row. ” Judith cast a discreet glance in Dr. Feldman’s direction. He, like several of the other men in the boxes, was wearing a tuxedo. Judith couldn’t imagine Bill Jones, who taught his university classes in a sport shirt and wash-pants, going to such bother. She said so to Renie. “You’re right,” agreed Renie. “On the other hand, Dr. ” Seeing Judith’s startled look, she laughed. “I’m kidding, but believe me, he could afford to. Not only is he raking it in as an orthodontist, but his wife is a throat specialist.

Where’s Mr. ” she asked, noting that he had still not joined the others. Amina Pacetti gave a toss of her carefully coiffed head. “He’s resting. Tomorrow he must do the rehearsing. ” Noting that Mrs. Pacetti’s English seemed to have im- BANTAM OF THE OPERA / 31 proved since her arrival, Judith gave a nod. “I imagine it is. ” No one seemed particularly interested. Bruno Schutzendorf was guzzling more wine; Amina Pacetti had polished off the cheese; Winston Plunkett had finally deigned to try the pâté; and Tippy de Caro was balancing a black olive on the end of her nose.

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