MUSIC WHEN SWEET VOICES DIE by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

MUSIC WHEN SWEET VOICES DIE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Murder at the San Francisco Opera--in a somewhat disappointing return for lawyer-sleuth Charlie Spotted Moon (Ogilvie, Tallant & Moon, 1976). Neither Charlie's Indian background nor the opera milieu is made much of, though the death-by-poisoning of the unpopular tenor (a drug addict with ""the morals of a mink"") takes place on stage during a performance of Tales of Hoffman. The international suspects' motives--the usual run of envy, jealousy, and revenge--is belabored in talky runarounds, and the solution doesn't have the intended impact; Yarbro's real energy here seems devoted instead to overdone dialogue for feminists and chauvinist pigs. But for areas where opera or women's-lib circles intersect with the mystery audience--a respectable enough filler.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1979
Publisher: Putnam