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Requiem for a Mezzo (Daisy Dalrymple #3)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,342 ratings  ·  98 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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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
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
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! 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.'

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
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
Sophia Ford
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
Nancy Wilson
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.
Yeah, I keep giving these books 3 stars, but I bet I'll read all of them. They're slightly better than the Robin Paige series and slightly worse than the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear (which covers almost the same territory) and a lot worse than the Bess Crawford (or Inspector Rutledge) series by Charles Todd. Oh, and certainly not a patch on actual mysteries written about a modern woman/sleuth/writer in the 1920s, Harriet Vine in the Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers. So far ...more
Laura Edwards
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Fiona Veitch
I love mysteries, but not necessarily cosy mysteries. Because, well, they're too cosy. I like a bit of edge. Yet Dunn presented her characters with depth, compassion and humour. A great little whodunnit with a very likeable protagonist.Also some insightful observations into racism and prejudice in post-war England. As far as the mystery itself was concerned, I liked the early forensics but had figured out the killer very early on. However, I think I'll be reading another Daisy Dalrymple soon ...
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
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
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
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
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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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
Daisy Dalrymple and Inspector Alec Fletcher attend a concert performance of Verdi's Requiem. Daisy's next door neighbor, Bettina Abernathy is the mezzo soprano. Bettina's husband, Roger is the conductor and her sister Muriel is a member of the chorus. When Bettina drops dead after drinking from the glass beside her, Alec takes charge of the case but Daisy is right there to help. I enjoy this series. It has a good plot and the characters are very interesting.
I remember reading books in this series some years ago and vastly enjoying them. This one, however, was a bit of a trudge for me.

The pace plodded along, the mystery itself was a bit transparent, and none of the characters were especially sympathetic. In fact, if I hadn't remembered liking Daisy before I'm not sure I would have much cared for her in this book.

Still, it was set in England in the 1920s, so extra points to the author for setting.
Jan C
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
I find myself, as Alec Fletcher is finding himself, more and more resolved to having Daisy be a part of his life, both professionally and personally. I like her spunk, her independence and the way that she always gets people to open up to her.
The support cast of Ernie Piper and Tom Tring are always welcomed and while I didn't know exactly who the murderer was (I never do!), this time I was close!
I enjoy the interactions between Alec and Daisy more and more. They are very cute to "watch" through the story. There were a couple of parts in this plot that I found sort of annoying... Dunn tries to bring in political events from outside the central story to bring the 1920s to life... but sometimes this could be more subtly done than it is here. That said, I continue to read.
Life between the wars in London for an Honorable lady can be dicey if you want to be independent. Daisy, with a tiny income, could stay in the Dower House with her mother, marry well, or live with her cousin who inherited her father's title, but Daisy had decided to make a living writing. In this third outing, she's in London and she has made friends with the musical family next door.

Her friend Muriel is in the chorus of Verdi's requiem while her sister is the flamboyant mezzo, a star. Daisy inv
Picked from a bookstand in a hospital atrium shop, I never had high hopes for this. However, my complete inability to not buy any book which has a tenuous link to music or musicians remains alive and kicking.

There was something strikingly reminiscent about the plot blurb, which unfolded into the realisation that I was actually re-reading Kerry Greenwood's 'Ruddy Gore', in which Phryne Fisher, a feisty, independent young woman, goes to a concert in the 1920's and gets caught up in a murder myster
A nice speedy murder mystery to read, although I do think that this one wasn't as good as the book preceding it in the Daisy Dalrymple series. Once again I think you got a better sense of Daisy as a character in this book and her developing relationship with Alec was really sweet to read. As for the mystery itself, I did guess the identity of the murderer but I didn't guess the reasoning behind the crime so that was quite a nice revelation. All in all I enjoyed this quite a bit, although it felt ...more
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Entertaining, but it didn't hold my attention quite as much as the first two, probably because I didn't find the suspects as interesting. Still, a good read, and fun to see the relationship between Daisy and Alex advancing toward romance.
A nice turn of venue for the crime; another stately home would have been too much of a coincidence but so near to Daisy's home was a neat twist. An excellent cast of suspects, too.
A slightly less satisfying mystery than the first two books, it was still a quick, enjoyable read. I only wish the ebooks were available at my library, because I am tearing through them!
Lisa C
Although an accidental re-read for me, it was still enjoyable. Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple mysteries are a good pick for fans of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series.
Fun, light mystery - nothing particularly outstanding in terms of the mystery, characters or writing, but enjoyable nonetheless. Not quite as entertaining as Rhy Bowen's Royal Spyness mysteries, but amusing to listen to while doing other activities.
Bronwen Lacey
Oh I loved this one! It's set in the bowels of the Royal Albert Hall, a place I knew well in my youth and centered around operatic soloists and Verdi's Requiem.
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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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