Death on the High C's (2020)

Death on the High C's Robert Barnard Death on the High C s Opera singers are often described as being larger than life and certainly this is true of Gaylene Ffrench Her appetites for men for food for attention are gargantuan and her ability to irritate is
  • Title: Death on the High C's
  • Author: Robert Barnard
  • ISBN: 9781933397054
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
Death on the High C's Robert Barnard Opera singers are often described as being larger than life, and certainly this is true of Gaylene Ffrench Her appetites for men, for food, for attention are gargantuan, and her ability to irritate is similarly outsized So when someone electrocutes the bombastic Australian contralto, few tears are shed at the Northern Opera Company though it s a pity her understudy s soOpera singers are often described as being larger than life, and certainly this is true of Gaylene Ffrench Her appetites for men, for food, for attention are gargantuan, and her ability to irritate is similarly outsized So when someone electrocutes the bombastic Australian contralto, few tears are shed at the Northern Opera Company though it s a pity her understudy s so lousy In fact, most of the company members are dancing a jig, and it falls on Superintendent Nichols to determine which of them might have helped Gaylene along to her just reward The black tenor tired of being the butt of Gaylene s bigotry The soprano weary of jealous whispers in her ears Gaylene s many bedroom conquests, all anxious to avoid a repeat performance With so many potential suspects, Nichols has his hands full, but Barnard and his readers have a deliciously malicious good time.
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  1. Diane

    This was my second attempt at reading a Barnard book The first attempt didn t go too well the book got on my nerves and I gave up Barnard tells a good story, but he can get pretentious and annoying at times However, this one is fun and interesting with its portrayal of a struggling English opera company trying to put on Rigoletto when the singer performing Maddalena is murdered She s such a delightfully nasty character you can t help but feel the killer should get a reward, an opinion echoed by [...]

  2. Joy

    I was listening to La Traviata, which made me want to read this old favorite set among an opera company A bitchy coloratura delights the rest of the company by getting electrocuted, but in return they have to put up with opera buff Inspector Nichols detecting as they rehearse Some careers are taking off and others are winding down, and that might or might not be significant to the solution.

  3. Gail

    I got a huge kick out of this book, as it spoofs the opera world none to gently The plot relies on an intimate knowledge of a particular opera, but the careful reader will see the essential clue Just a fun way to pass a bit of time.

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