THE STRANGER IN THE OPERA HOUSE by Helen Macie Osterman

THE STRANGER IN THE OPERA HOUSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A pair of jobs as supernumeraries in an opera company lead a pair of amateur sleuths to a new mystery.

Singers are temperamental to begin with, and it’s no surprise that the appearance of a ghost at the Midwest Opera, where Emma Winberry and her life partner Nate Sandler are working, has some of the cast in an uproar. Nate is sure the wraith is a street person looking for a warm spot; Emma keeps an open mind. Upon the discovery of a hidden room complete with a trunk filled with historic items, Emma and Tristana Morgan, the Opera’s new librarian, try to find out more about the contents. They discover that the house that formerly occupied the site was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Emma, one of the people who can see the ghost, is convinced he is an escaped slave. After she takes under her wing Tristana, who has left California in order to escape an unhappy past, she’s distraught when Tristana is attacked in the library by someone attempting to steal the historic documents. When a large sum of money goes missing and the ghost continues to haunt the opera house, Emma continues her sleuthing and finds some unexpected and dangerous clues.

Emma and Nate’s second case (The Accidental Sleuths, 2007) is quietly enjoyable entertainment for cozy fans.

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59414-816-3
Page count: 280pp
Publisher: Five Star/Gale Cengage
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2009




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