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Requiem for a Mezzo (Daisy Dalrymple #3)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  2,258 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
In March 1923, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple takes a break from her writing to attend a performance of Verdi's Requiem at the Albert Hall with Scotland Yard's Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher. The tickets are 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 qui ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1996)
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Aug 06, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
Had it not been for Jessica Ennis and Mo Farrar et al i probably would have finished this ages ago. It is an easy quick read of the Agatha Christie school though the plot is nowhere near as well set up. This is the first of the series that i have opened and it teeters on the edge of whether I will bother to open any others. It was a perfectly serviceable story involving a murder, lots of suspects, over the top characters and a solution with some love interest thrown in but that was its problem.. ...more
Apr 18, 2008 Gloria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I got excited when the second book of this series was pretty good. I was hoping for some sort of steady upward progression. Unfortunately, Dunn took another dip with book three. Although the main plot is well developed, several tangents remain cloudy and, well, tangential. The story centers on the poisoning of Bettina Westlea, a successful but spiteful soprano. Daisy, a friend of the deceased sister, decides to help Alec Fletcher investigate. There is no lack of suspects, since Bettina had many ...more
Mar 17, 2017 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Bk3 in the Daisy Dalrymple series is as charming and fun as the first two. Belonging definitely in the "cozy crime" category, it's light and easy to read and is perfect as a palate cleanser between heavy novels or just to lighten your mood. If you're a fan of Dame Agatha and Phryne Fisher, you really need to get your hands on this series, you won't be sorry. I'm just happy that there's about twenty books so far, and I think she's still writing!
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
It seems that period cosy mystery writers feel the need to write certain "installments" in their series. We have the War Hero Mystery, the Train Mystery, the House Party Mystery, the Sporting Event Mystery, the University/Public School Mystery, the Formal Dinner/Ball Mystery...and in this case, the Musical Mystery. When I started this one, I was strongly reminded of Greenwood's Murder and Mendelssohn, except in this case it's the mezzo of the title who gets topped instead of the director. I've s ...more
Sep 19, 2011 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Daisy! Don't tell me you've fallen over another dead body?' This is a question that Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher asks Daisy Dalrymple on page 15 of this sparkling mystery novel.

By page 43 Bettina Westlea, singing mezzo soprano in Verdi's 'Requiem', is killed and Tom Tring, one of Fletcher's men who were called in from Scotland Yard by Daisy, is pronouncing to his boss, 'I'm afraid she ... well, she's managed to get mixed up in things again. One of our suspects is a friend of hers.'

Sophia Ford
Feb 14, 2015 Sophia Ford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Daisy Dalrymple series, I feel as though each book further into the series really does get better and better. I found Requiem for a Mezzo overall flowed much better, you can almost sense the confidence Dunn gains in her writing and Daisy Dalrymple as a character as the series goes on.

Requiem for a Mezzo is my favourite of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries so far. I love the way Dunn perfectly depicts both the characters and London so well, set in the 1920's. I adore learning m
This series continues to be utterly charming. (The Honorable) Daisy Dalrymple is a new sort of girl - titled, but independent and enjoying every keystroke of her budding writing career. The previous installments were set in locations Daisy was commissioned to write about but this one took place closer to home - next door to be precise. Still loving the interplay between Daisy and her Scotland Yard "copper". Some interesting side themes here with some of Daisy's supposedly "progressive" friends l ...more
Jan 15, 2010 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple writes magazine articles for a living and for fun, pokes her nose into the cases of her friend, Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. In this, the third book of the series, the attraction between Daisy and Alec continues to deepen while they sort out their class differences. This book is ostensibly about the murder investigation of an unpleasant opera singer, but the mystery is so far from thrilling that only my affection for the main characters kept me reading. ...more
Daisy Dalrymple is having an evening out with Alex Fletcher at a performance of Verdi's Requiem when one of the singers die, Daisy's neighbour Bettina Westlea, who hasn't made friends around her so there's lots of suspects.

I like it, more 3.5 but not quite 4 stars, I didn't find it quite as good as others in the series but it's still quite good.
Nancy Wilson
Feb 03, 2014 Nancy Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carola Dunn writes nice murders--the person who dies is usually reprehensible and the murder is not too gross--no detached limbs--severed heads etc. In the end the murderer only harms the victim and the killer. Not sure if that makes a lot of sense but I guess that is the best thing about the cozy genre--there is humor, fun characters to get to know and the grossness is kept to a minimum.
Terry Southard
3 1/2 stars. Nothing earth shattering. This is summer reading for me. Light, breezy, not too taxing of the brain during the hot weather. I will go on to #4 in the series.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during Golden Summer (May-September 2013)

Daisy Dalrymple has some interesting neighbors in her little bohemian community of artists and writers, like Daisy herself. Out back her roommate has set up a photography studio, while right next door is the famous opera singer Bettina Westlea, who lives with her spinster sister and her older vocal coach of a husband who has students coming and going all the time. While fixing a cake for he
May 05, 2017 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-up
3.75 Artistic temperament stars

This was such a joy to read, I was forced to finish it even with my attempts to stretch out the read for as long as possible. I do love Daisy as a character and I like the steady character development in her personal and professional life, alongside the development of her relationship with friends and possible love interest. My fascination for the characters aside, the mystery was highly compelling as poison in a public location made it tricky, let alone the murder
Dec 14, 2016 Bodwisebooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good, if you like an easy read and a quick whodunit them you can't go wrong with these books. I like the easy way Mrs Dunn sets he scenes and puts you in the right atmosphere for the Victorian age. Most enjoyable. As for the heroin falling in love with the detective, well it's been done many times before, Ngaio Marsh, Edward Marston (The train Detective), Dorothy L. Sayers, and probably many others.
Lori McD
3-3.5 stars

You can count on the Daisy Dalrymple series to contain interesting and varied characters in the 1920s, post-WWI Britain era - aristocrats, middle class, servants, and just about everyone "in-between". They're solid books, easy to read, not too taxing on the brain, and generally provide the reader with all the necessary clues to solve the mystery. Sometimes, the clues come early and the murderer is obvious - as in this book. But they're delightful reads, mostly because of the main char
Elizabeth Dodd
Mar 06, 2017 Elizabeth Dodd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
OKAY LET'S TALK ABOUT THE DAISY DALRYMPLE SERIES. Seriously, I love this series, I'm excited, are you excited? GET EXCITED.

So the first thing I want to say is that the Daisy Dalrymple series is somewhat misnamed, as Daisy's not the only protagonist (though I LOVE HER and she is perfect). She shares the series with her eventual husband Alec Fletcher. I'd call that a spoiler, but, uh, well, they get engaged in book five (of twenty-two) and you can pretty much see it coming from the end of the firs
Feb 28, 2017 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
My favourite one so far. I figured out who the murderer was, but it took me until the last quarter of the book to do so! Such an interesting cast of characters in this one; great job Dunn!
After the very good first two books to the Daisy Dalrymple series, Requiem for a Mezzo was a trifle disappointing. I still quite enjoyed it; the main characters and most of the murder suspects were actually very likeable, the historical setting was just as wonderfully crafted as it was in the previous books... but I couldn't help but feel that there was a factor missing in comparison.

Firstly, I was disappointed when I realized that Dunn had moved away from the country manor house settings of the
Feb 22, 2017 FangirlNation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple gets invited to a concert of Verdi's Requiem, where she gets embroiled in another murder mystery in Requiem for a Mezzo, the third in Carola Dunn's series. Living in bohemian Chelsea, where she shares a little house with her photographer friend from their school days, Lucy Fatheringay, Daisy develops many friends from all walks of life. This includes a professional singer, Bettina Westlea, and her sister, Muriel, a member of the choir. They give Daisy free tickets t ...more
Mar 01, 2017 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, tbr-2017
Grand fun in period costume.
Mar 01, 2017 L.chazer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apr 08, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Requiem for a Mezzo
~Kensington Books
British Mystery with a hint of Romance, March 1, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: Requiem for a Mezzo (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, No. 3) (Mass Market Paperback)
This is my 3rd Daisy Dalrymple Mystery and the 3rd in this series. Preceeded by #1-Death at Wentwater Court , #2-The Winter Garden Mystery.
Although I don't usually read historical mysteries, I've found the Daisy Dalrymple series refreshingly different from the usual coz
Better than the last -- back the back country houses in winter was a bit samey, but I liked the more diverse cast of characters here more.

Alas, I now have to give up the audiobooks and go to ebook -- Bernadette Dunne was pleasant enough (though I don't know why they didn't get a British reader, or at least someone who can pronounce Derbyshire) but the new one, going by samples on Audible, is unlistenable, as is the one after that.
Aug 31, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daisy Dalrymple is once again envolved with a murder with Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher. Only this time they are enjoying a performance of Verdi's Requiem when one of the singers dies in front of the audience. A horrible death that is proclaim cyanide poisoning because of the smell of almonds.

As much as Alec wants Daisy to stay out of the investigation, she is right in the middle of things. Not only did she see the murder along with Alec, but she lives next door to the murdered woman, her husba
Requiem For A Mezzo is one of the early books in the Daisy Dalrymple series although Alec is already contemplating asking her to marry him. A neighbor is a rising star and is singing in Verdi's Requiem. Her sister who lives with the singer and her much older husband and voice coach has offered Daisy two tickets. She invited Alec to go.

Bettina, the Mezzo, has a reputation for too many love affairs, despite her marital status, as well as being a bully to her sister and others. One of the things t
When (the Honorable) Daisy Dalrymple trots over to her neighbor's house to borrow some flour, she doesn't count on getting involved in yet another murder, but of course that's what happens. Her neighbors are Muriel Westley, her sister Bettina, and Bettina's husband Roger. Bettina is a diva mezzo soprano, "no better than she should be" as some like to say (though in this group of artistic characters, who is?). She makes her most spectacular performance when she drinks a glass of ratafia onstage b ...more
The third book in the Daisy Dalrymple series involved a cast of characters with motives I struggled to keep straight. The world of opera, driven by politics and money, is oh-so-politely critiqued as a murder committed during an important performance is investigated.
More interesting to me was the evolving science of detective work, finger prints, autopsies, lab tests on new medicines and old standby poisons, which Dunn weaves within the plot line, keeping the reader further away from identifying
While I didn't love this book as much of the previous one, it was still a great read. The reveal of the mystery was a bit anticlimactic, honestly, but I didn't much mind that. For me, the draw of these books is that they're perfect historical cozy mysteries, for me. Great writing, well-developed characters (not just the mains, but the broad cast introduced in each book), that perfect hint of modernity with social issues that you know probably isn't realistic for the times, but is perfect for a m ...more
Jan C
Mar 19, 2010 Jan C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, england
Fairly light mystery, supposed to take place in London in the 1920s. There didn’t really seem much to define the time period it took place in other than hair styles and cars specifically mentioned by model. I looked them up and that’s when they came out.

Title refers to singer who dies at the end of her performance. Everyone thinks it is cyanide but she drank something ratafia - a liqueur made from fruit juices or softened fruit in liquor, especially brandy, and often flavored with almonds or wi
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Carola Dunn is the author of more than 30 Regency romances, as well as 16 mysteries (the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series is set in England in the 1920s). Ms. Dunn was born and grew up in England, where she got a B.A. in Russian and French from Manchester University. She travelled as far as Fiji before returning to settle in California. After 30 years in the US, she says she still sounds as if she a ...more
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