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 scoop that obnoxious opera celebrity 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 might 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 novice sleuthing companion, cousin Renie. Now it truly is curtains except the cousins can unmask the genuine perpetrator -- earlier than 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 well known pain-in-the-neck--a bloated buffoon who may 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 accomplice, cousin Renie. And it truly is curtains until the cousins can unmask the true culprit--before a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.

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A quick glance at the grandfather clock told her it was after seven. ” Blank stares met her question. ” Winston Plunkett looked at Judith curiously. ” demanded Mario Pacetti. “I’d settle for a burger and fries,” announced Tippy de Caro. “The vurst,” rumbled Schutzendorf. “More brandy, please,” begged Amina Pacetti. “Wait a minute,” said Judith, getting up from the rocker. She asked the dreaded question. ” Schutzendorf’s bushy eyebrows lifted. ” “I smell food,” said Pacetti. “I could eat a horse,” announced Tippy.

Grössita’s like any other pancake, except you fill the pan with batter, then cut it up in little pieces when it’s almost finished frying. ” Putting his socks into a large black suitcase, Joe gave Judith a wistful look. “I’d hoped you could see me off. My first trip without you. ” “Let me see if I can discreetly roust them,” said Judith, starting for the door. “Hey, Jude-girl,” Joe called after his wife. ” Judith gnashed her teeth. During her four years of 42 / Mary Daheim widowhood she had forgotten how men, even sharp-eyed homicide detectives such as Joe Flynn, couldn’t find a bowling ball in the bathroom sink.

Her enormous earrings jingled and swayed as she bent her head. The Pacettis and Schutzendorf had joined the others in the entry hall. Judith surrendered the rock and closed the front door. ” cried Tippy, pushing the rock at Plunkett as if it were a hot potato, “this is ugly! ” BANTAM OF THE OPERA / 33 “Really, my dear,” murmured Plunkett, “as Mrs. ” The cry was wrenched from Mario Pacetti’s golden throat. He toppled backward, falling against Schutzendorf. ” shrieked Amina, clutching at her husband’s flailing arm.

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