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Requiem for a Mezzo

(Daisy Dalrymple #3)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,625 ratings  ·  273 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
Paperback, 249 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Kensington Books (first published 1996)
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Aug 06, 2012 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
*The Angry Reader*
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, mystery
The book equivalent of a sitcom. Entertaining and requires nothing on my part. These are fabulous little go-to books during times of strife and turmoil. Yesterday I called it “Nancy Drew for Grown Ups.”

Another fun murder mystery in the Downton Abbey tradition, although this one takes place entirely in London. Daisy's relationship continues to deepen with Alex, but that's about the only reason to read these in order. Well narrated & a pretty good mystery, although I had some trouble keeping 2 of the couples straight. There are a lot of suspects & those 2 couples just didn't strike me as memorable enough. The rest of the characters were, though.

I'm looking forward to reading #4 when I can get i
Karen ⊰✿
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
These are cute short cozy mysteries, playing homage to Agatha Christie. I'm not sure how many times Daisy can just happen to be around when there is a murder, but we shall see as the series progresses ;)
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. These are sort of delightfully light and readable, without doing anything annoying.

And the mysteries are half-decent.

Basically, I really like the characters. Particularly the policemen. Tring and Ernie, and their teasing and banter with Alec is fun. Also enjoy Alec and Daisy's dynamic. And Daisy's habit of exclaiming "Spiffing!" amuses me to no end.

Perhaps I am easily amused, but you know what? If other things are stressful, why not?
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
Apr 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
Reviewed for the Bibliophibian.

The Daisy Dalrymple books are definite cosies: mostly victims the reader will dislike, while the real culprit is never someone the reader is meant to like, or had a really good reason if they are; a ‘clean’ romance, with Alec and Daisy decorously falling in love with only hints here and there of physical lust; blood and guts minimised. Requiem for a Mezzo continues in that vein as expected, with the poisoning of a woman who rather made the lives of everyone around
Mar 17, 2017 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!
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Predictable plot that serves as a vehicle to develop the main characters relationship. That may be pretty standard cozy mystery fare, but I'm disappointed in Daisy's lack of deductive ability. It makes sense that the actual police detective is the one who figures it all out and catches the criminal, but in that case, shouldn't it be the Alec Fletcher mystery series?
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Fun, but not a great mystery. I love Daisy Dalrymple and Alec Fletcher and read these books mostly for them at this point, so this was a fun read even though I did not particularly like any of the characters involved in the murder mystery and wondered for at least the last third of the book why it was taking so long for the two of them to realize who the murderer really was.
Jayne Catherine pinkett
Lovely cosy crime
Eileen Lynx
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well read
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another ‘fun’ murder mystery, if murders can actually be ‘fun’.
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
Charming historical mystery series. I'm looking forward to more adventures with Daisy Dalrymple.
Sep 19, 2011 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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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
Nancy Wilson
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-audible
I really love Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series. It has so many good qualities. There's humor, romance, and a "spiffing" good mystery. Taking place just after WWI, she also puts quite a few historical references. Quite simply, some of the best cozies I've ever read!
Christine Cheripka
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I am sure this is what is referred to as a "cozy" gore, little blood and a lot of proper talk while wrapped around a murder and an attempted murder....I won this book on GoodReads, it was an enjoyable easy read between heavier books....
Terry Southard
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Good. Not very complex, just a nice little murder mystery.
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
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty disappointed with this installment, honestly. The climax was totally underwhelming, there were way too many tangential plot threads (Bolshevik conspiracy, anyone?) and the true murderer was obvious at least fifty pages before the boring conclusion. The vast majority of this book consisted of repetition of details of the timeline surrounding the murder and of the extramarital affairs of several suspects. I'm not super keen on how the book switches from Daisy's perspective to Alec's p ...more
Leonide Martin
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Self-appointed sleuth Daisy Dalrymple gets involved in the murder of her mousy neighbor’s sister, a rising opera star in London. After a dramatic collapse from poisoning on stage, the abrasive mezzo’s fellow artists are nearly all suspects. Just so happens that Daisy’s budding romantic interest, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, is her companion at the performance of Verdi’s Requiem. A web of motives, means, and opportunity unfolds as they investigate. A second murder of ...more
Deb Whittam
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I would love to say that I really enjoyed this book, but I didn’t and I think that can be attributed to two separate factors. The first was the characters, where usually Carola Dunn has a limited cast for her books, this one seemed to be overflowing and I will admit I had trouble keeping it all straight. Everyone had a motive, everyone held a grudge with someone and at times the characters tended to be less distinctive and therefore easy to confuse.

The second issue I had with this boom, was whil
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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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