England, 1923: The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple attends a performance of Verdi’s Requiem with Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. The tickets were a gift from Muriel Westlea, Daisy’s neighbor and the sister of Bettina Westlea, who will be singing the mezzo role. What should be a pleasant afternoon is disrupted when, during the performance, Bettina falls dead on stagepoisoned with cyanide. While it’s quickly determined that Bettina’s on-stage prop glass of liqueur was laced with the deadly poison, discovering the person responsible will not be an easy task.
Bettina was neither well liked nor well behaved, and many of her colleagues, associates, and even her family had good reason to want her dead. Daisy, determined to help DCI Fletcher whether he wants help or not, decides to do some investigating on her own. But with so many suspects and so few clues, the murderer may well go free...
About the Author
CAROLA DUNN is the author of many previous mysteries featuring Daisy Dalrymple, including Superfluous Women, as well as numerous historical novels. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another good period piece by the author. Interesting characters. So many "possible" killers, but which one did it? The tension between the titled lead character and the lower class DCI continues to add flavor to the murder investigations. Her ability to have people talk to her and her powers of observation prove, once again, to be essential.