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 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 may perhaps simply consume her out of residence 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 beginner sleuthing associate, cousin Renie. Now it truly is curtains except the cousins can unmask the genuine offender -- 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 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 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. And it truly is curtains except the cousins can unmask the genuine culprit--before a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.
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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. Just as Judith was wondering if she should try to renew any sort of civil conversation, Mario Pacetti made his entrance.
Running her own business barely gave her time to get through the daily newspaper. It had been years since she’d subscribed to Opera News. One of her greatest laments was how little time she could spend on leisure reading. As a former librarian, she often felt she was betraying her calling. Sipping at his sherry, Plunkett appeared to unbend a bit. “Two years ago, in Buenos Aires, during the triumphal procession, the wheel fell off his chariot when he was singing Radames in Aïda. He broke three ribs.
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.
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