Publisher: Camel Press
Publish Date: January 30, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: The Life of an Opera Singer Can be Murder...Both On Stage and Off
Deborah de Lille is an opera singer - in the least grand sense. Debbie doesn't foresee a future beyond Handel Messiahs and low-budget tours...until her agent finagles her a minor role with a small-town company.
Offenbach's spooky opera, Tales of Hoffman, features three leading ladies. The cast is well-acquainted, and familiarity has bred contempt. Debbie is the outsider, and someone is hell-bent on driving her out with smoke bombs, ghostly visitations, and booby-traps.
Will opening night mean "curtains" for Debbie?
Review: While I learned quite about opera and stage life and I wasn't 100% sure about the guilty party until the ending, I wasn't entranced by the characters. Overall, I enjoyed the story itself, but the characters seemed to be larger than life caricatures of personalities. I did like the wonderful descriptiveness of Ms. Melodia's writing and the snarky and quite keen observations of her main character, Debbie. Harmless pranks turn deadly as the days before opening night slowly slip away - Ding Dong the Diva's Dead is a fun read and you do learn some of the secrets hiding within the mysterious world of opera.
Debbie de Lille Murder Mystery Series: Ding Dong the Diva's Dead (1)