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. The artists assembled for this production of Offenbach’s spooky opera, Tales of Hoffmann, have more than opera on their minds. Their games of love are not for the faint of heart, and the cutthroat atmosphere may have become literal. How far are they willing to go to advance their careers and even the score? The singer Debbie replaced died under suspicious circumstances, and after another minor player bows out suddenly, she is also given her role. Now she has two small roles that no one in their right mind would kill for. So, either someone isn’t in their right mind, or the close calls threatening Debbie’s safety are all unlucky coincidences. Add to the mix three preening tenors, a sexy lesbian director, a vengeful conductor, an obscenely rich and Hollywood-handsome general director, a fading Italian pop star, a trio of bitchy leading sopranos, an ambitious understudy, countless attention-starved underlings, an anti-opera terrorist group, a resident ghost, and Debbie’s kooky and dysfunctional friends and family, and you have an opening night that promises to genuinely thrill and chill.
Release: January 30, 2011
Release: January 30, 2011
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Ding Dong The Diva’s Dead Description:
A Debbie de Lille Murder Mystery
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 Hoffmann, features three leading ladies. The cast is all too 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?
Cat Melodia is the nom de plume of a Seattle-based mezzo soprano and voice teacher. Like her heroine, she often wears the pants on stage. Three of her opera adaptations/translations have been performed at community colleges. She has a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude in German Literature from Princeton and a Master’s in Music.
“I don’t think the general public realizes how unglamorous the lives of opera singers can be—at least those of the 99.9 percent who don’t hit the big time,” Melodia says. “The world of operatic also-rans is a goldmine of humor, peopled as it is with larger-than-life characters whose insecurity, desperation and envy make them unusually good murder suspects. Most of what happens in my book is unlikely in the extreme, but there is more truth to it than you might suppose.”
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I was offered an .epub version of Ding Dong The Diva’s Dead, by Cat Melodia. It was a joy to read; I enjoyed this fictitious tale (oddly resembling reality). This seductive, humorous, intelligent mystery really takes your head for a spin! Cat vividly paints a true picture of how the lives, of struggling performers, are filled with back-stabbing-jealousy, and utter pettiness. Horrible to live with; but so very real.
There are ironic twists, and turns that guide the reader through the mystery-filled plot. I know nothing about the entertainment world, yet Cat has shown me (and fellow readers), that it isn’t always glamorous …. but it is super intriguing. Cat’s characters are intense, and her writing is powerful. I’m certain that you’ll enjoy her writing style as much as I have.
I don’t want to spoil it for you; which is why I’m trying to avoid giving you any details about the storyline. Suffice it to say, it’s easy to find yourself totally absorbed in the tale … before you know it, you find yourself on the last page: nicely told and all loose ends have been wrapped up. I’ll be looking forward to more from Cat Melodia.