4.5 out of 5—Top Pick: “This is a quirky and perky mystery with an operatic background. Things move along quickly throughout the story and each character is unique and different …. Overall, I liked this book and didn’t want to put it down. Deborah’s adventures interested me. I also had to wonder how many times poor Deborah would be found naked and in public. As for who was causing all the problems, it sure wasn’t anyone I was thinking it might be ….”
—Terri, Night Owl Reviews Read More …
"I loved this novel! It introduced me to a world I knew nothing of, and gave me a new perspective on murder mysteries. I really enjoyed the humor and the rollicking parody of the very genre she is working in."
—Peter G. Beidler, Author of A Reader's Companion to Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye
“It’s Bloody Backstage At The Opera. Wonderful fun, and just as snotty as any theatrical company can be.”
—Donna Barr, “The Desert Peach”
Praise from singers in the trenches:
"A good ol' bodice ripping sexual fever dream and an easy-reading page burner. Self-deprecatingly funny, sophisticated, and observant."
—Tim Askew, CEO/Founder, Corporate Rain, International, and former operatic tenor
“An entertaining romp through some of the unglamorous parts of being a professional musician, with intrigue to boot.”
—Sara Jobin, Opera Conductor
“Cat Melodia knows the score … the opera score, that is. Her witty debut as a mystery writer sparkles, with backstabbing divas, clever repartee, backstage antics, budding romances, and enough background color to leave her readers—as well as dyed-in-the-wool opera fans—shouting ‘Encore!’ ”
—Nanette McGuinness, Lyric Soprano
“I read it straight through—very entertaining (and I hardly ever read fiction anymore)! It really kept me turning the pages, and I could ‘see’ the action—it would make a fun movie. Singers will find it amusing from an inside-baseball viewpoint, and non-singers get a glimpse of the (albeit elegant) sausage factory of regional opera along with the mystery story—and maybe develop a bit of sympathy for us struggling artistes!”
—Andrea Matthews, Lyric Soprano
"In Ding, Dong, the Diva's Dead Cat Melodia has given us a delightful romp -- full of juicy gossip and inuendo and propelled by lust, envy, pettiness and murder. Her characters stride, stumble or waddle into our lives, by turns seducing, entertaining or repelling us. The relationships rock on this taut little ship of fools. It's a great ride."
—John Lowrie, Actor, Singer, Musician and Author of Dancing with Eternity