Synopses & Reviews
Stan Kraychik, Boston hair-dresser extraordinaire, has been hired as the wig master's assistant for the upcoming season of a local opera company. For the main event, Italian opera diva and aging soprano Marcella Ostinata will perform the lead. As the company heads unsteadily towards opening night, murder threatens the entire festival and Stan finds himself playing a crucial role in a deadly grand opera, performed without music, and with real weapons and killers.
"The opera setting, with its hilariously precise caste system of attitudes toward homosexuality, is as ripe for Michaels as it was for the Marx brothers--and the finale even squeeze a little of them in, too."--Kirkus Reviews
"Part Agatha Christie melodrama [and] part campy caper...Michaels included just enough opera tidbits to entertain but not to overwhelm, and Stan's wisecracks continue to tickle fey funnybones."--Publishers Weekly