By Mary Daheim
Loss of life at the excessive CeesBed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn isn't really precisely bellowing "Bravo!" over the scoop 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 might simply consume her out of apartment 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 novice sleuthing associate, cousin Renie. Now it really is curtains except the cousins can unmask the true perpetrator -- sooner 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 scoop that obnoxious opera celebrity 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 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 companion, cousin Renie. And it is curtains except the cousins can unmask the genuine culprit--before a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.
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I could go on and on. ” She heaved a big sigh, which did strange things to the bustier. “Wow,” remarked Judith, gratified to hear footsteps on the front staircase. ” “It is. And sometimes I have to answer the phone. Or even make calls. It just never ends. ” “I should think so,” said Judith, peering into the dining room. Both Pacettis were sitting down at the table, and Judith uttered a sigh of relief. She might yet make it to the airport. ” Tippy didn’t sound impressed. “I don’t like opera all that much.
Jesus, I finish a day with gang shootings and crazy dopers and spouse killers and come home to find my…” He was still grumbling when he banged out the front door. Flinching, Judith surveyed her guests with considerable uncertainty. “Uh…Could I get more brandy? Crackers? ” 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.
But basically it was good stuff, solid, handsome and well kept. ” Plunkett cleared his throat. His entire being seemed quite stiff. “Mr. Pacetti says it’s dangerous. Sharp corners. 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.
Bantam of the Opera by Mary Daheim