No one would ever accuse famous opera star Dame Serena Levanté of lacking a flare for the dramatic. Unfortunately, it’s curtains down on the dysfunctional diva when she’s found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her elegant home. Solving an opera singer’s murder may not be the typical hairdresser’s aria of expertise. But Dame Serena was the mother of Daisy’s best friend Floria, so Daisy must do-or-dye her best to get to the roots of the case.
When a priceless Modigliani painting in the house is reported missing, the mystery gets even more tangled. Even though the gruff but handsome Detective Inspector Paul McGuinness tells the stylist to stay out of his hair, Daisy is determined to make sure the killer faces a stern makeover—behind bars.
Source: NetGalley and Purchase Rating: 4/5 stars
The Bottom Line: Oh, yes indeed, this book was right up my cozy mystery alley. This is a rather complicated book in terms of the number of people and potential suspects, but Innes handles it all beautifully and pulls it all together in such a clever way. Dame Levanté isn’t a character to weep over, but the various suspects sure were fun to follow and try to determine which one disliked her more than the others. Daisy Thorne certainly isn’t Dame Levanté highbrow, but she is best friends with the Dame’s daughter and that brings her right into the thick of things. Thanks to Daisy’s discerning mind, ability to piece together a huge puzzle of personalities, and the gossip of the local ladies at Daisy’s salon, she’s able to help her friend solve the mystery of her mother’s death. I liked the intricacy of this read, the variety of wonderfully weird personalities, the large amount of backstory (YAY!), and how the whole thing played out in the end. This was a top notch read for me and I am looking forward to the future of this series.