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Celebrated mezzo soprano Bettina Westlea was singing in an excellent performance of Verdi's Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall when she collapsed on the stage and died. In the audience were Daisy Dalrymple, author and amateur sleuth, and her very close friend, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher. Alec immediately started his investigation of what was apparently a poisoning in full view of hundreds of people. Daisy was drawn into the investigation because Bettina Westlea had been her next door neighbor. Bettina had been an unpleasant, demanding, and self-absorbed person; and Daisy and Alec face a difficult job finding the murderer in the large group of possible suspects which includes rival singers, jealous wives of Bettina's lovers, family members, and even a political terrorist.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Murder of certain profession?    -   musicians Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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