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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 famous person Mario Pacetti and his entourage are coming to stick on the Hillside Manor. The world-class tenor is a popular pain-in-the-neck -- a bloated buffoon who may simply devour her out of apartment and residential. So whilst the puffed-up, would-be Pavarotti inadvertently beverages poison and falls down lifeless on his tosca, accusing eyes flip to Judith and her beginner sleuthing associate, cousin Renie. Now it truly is curtains until the cousins can unmask the genuine perpetrator -- prior to a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.DEATH at the excessive CEESBed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn isn't really precisely bellowing "Bravo!" over the inside track that obnoxious opera big name Mario Pacetti and his entourage are coming to stick on the Hillside Manor. The world-class tenor is a popular pain-in-the-neck--a bloated buffoon who may perhaps simply devour her out of residence and residential. So whilst 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 companion, cousin Renie. And it is curtains until the cousins can unmask the true culprit--before a killer's ultimate, deadly encore.

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At last they had the tenor free and sitting on the bed. He appeared shaken, but otherwise unharmed. ” inquired Judith in as solicitous a tone as she could muster. Pacetti eyed the bedclothes as if they had betrayed him. “I was attacked. ” His round brown eyes darted from Judith to Joe to Amina and finally rested on Plunkett. ” Before Plunkett could respond, Amina flew across the room in a billow of peach chiffon and black feathers. “Caro! It was I who came in! To wake you! ” Pacetti’s eyes narrowed as he focused on his wife.

If she had hoped to ditch the rock before her guests saw it, she was disappointed. Tippy de Caro and Winston Plunkett were standing in the entry hall, their eyes fixed on Judith’s hands. “The bell sounded…” Plunkett began, then halted abruptly as he caught sight of the skull and crossbones. ” “Oh—kids, I suppose,” said Judith vaguely. “A practical joke. Maybe they’re rehearsing, too. ” She gave Plunkett and Tippy a weak smile. But Tippy, surprisingly, wasn’t put off. “That looks nasty to me. ” Her enormous earrings jingled and swayed as she bent her head.

She thought she heard a noise from somewhere in the vicinity of the guest bedrooms, but decided it was only the wind, making the old house creak. Since none of her guests had been at Hillside BANTAM OF THE OPERA / 53 Manor when she returned from the airport, she had not shown them the piece of paper that had been slipped under the welcome mat. It was probably just as well, she reasoned, for if Bill Jones was right, perhaps only mischief was intended. There was certainly no reason to upset Mario Pacetti further just before a performance.

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