Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review ~ "Ding Dong the Diva's Dead" Blog Tour

Ding Dong the Diva's DeadDing Dong the Diva's Dead by Cat Melodia

Source: Received to Review
Age Recommendation: Adult
Content Warning: Sexual Innuendo and Swearing

Description from Goodreads: 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.

My thoughts: Amazing what can go wrong when inflated egos, jealousy, revenge, and lust are the background elements in an opera production. Of course, this is all behind scenes action, not necessarily what is happening onstage.

Debbie has taken a role in a production that the previous diva took an unfortunate dive off of a cliff. She is thrown into a cast that is having issues. Unexpected accidents and the resident ghost try to lure her away. She is committed to furthering her career and seeing it through.

The book is told with humor and introduces the reader to the world of an opera production. I believe that this production is overly dramatic which adds to the humor and interest.  I was thinking that I should have had Colleen review this book.  She is the opera singer reviewer on this blog.  Instead I talked to her a little about it and she laughed and said that she had seen some of the background drama and that Cat did describe the production of an opera well.

At the beginning of the book, cat Melodia, struggles to find her writing voice. It took her a bit to her into her stride, once she did the story was more enjoyable to read.

I only recommend this book to mature readers due to the sexual innuendo that is a major theme of the book.

About Cat MelodiaCat 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.”

To find out more ~ visit the blogs participating in this tour!

October 1
The Bluestocking Guide
click link to read posted review
Live to Read
click link to read posted review

October 2
Review from Here

October 3

October 4
Whispered Thoughts

October 5
Crazed Mind
click link to read posted review

October 6
Tic Toc
click link to read posted review

October 7
The Book Faery Reviewsclick link to read posted review
Confessions of a Book Habitueclick link to read posted review

October 8
My Favorite Things
click link to read posted review

October 10
The Crypto-Capers Review
click link to read posted review
Knits, Reads and Reviews
click link to read posted review

October 11
Carol's Notebook
click link to read posted review

October 12
Book Dilettante 
click link to read posted review

October 13
Bibliophilic Book Blog
click link to read posted review
Books and Needlepoint
click link to read posted review

October 14
Community Bookstop
click link to read posted review

October 15
Heather's Blog
click link to read posted review

October 16
click link to read posted review
Red Adept Reviews
click link to read posted review

October 17
Reader Girls
click link to read posted review

October 18
You Gotta Read Guest Blog (author interview)

October 19
Bookworm Lisa

October 20
A Lovely Shore Breeze

October 24
The Book Connection

October 25
CelticLady's Reviews
Mybitsandbleeps' Blog

October 27
Bookin' with Bingo

October 31
Reviews by Molly


  1. Thanks Lisa for hosting a stop on the blog tour. Thanks for taking the time to read and review "Diva."

    I appreciate your sharing Colleen's thoughts as well. It means a lot that someone actually in the opera world can attest to the humorous parallels that Cat draws in her book.

  2. Thank you, Lisa, for taking the time to read and review my book. I'm glad you thought it was fun and that Colleen was able to back me up! I couldn't tell if she's also a singer; if so, I'd love to hear her stories, too! Anyone who's ever sung in an opera has good ones. It's a crazy business at any level.


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