ANNE PAGET HAD SIX MONTHS TO LIVE.That's what the doctors told her. Even so, when she was offered the leading role in the newly discovered Beethoven opera Regulus to be debuted in the tiny European principality of Lissenberg, Anne knew it was the chance of a lifetime. Her lifetime.But someone wanted the opera to fail. Strange accidents had already caused chaos. Then murderANNE PAGET HAD SIX MONTHS TO LIVE.That's what the doctors told her. Even so, when she was offered the leading role in the newly discovered Beethoven opera Regulus to be debuted in the tiny European principality of Lissenberg, Anne knew it was the chance of a lifetime. Her lifetime.But someone wanted the opera to fail. Strange accidents had already caused chaos. Then murder brought a new terror.Who was behind all this? Certainly not Michael, the charming, handsome, Oxford-educated man to whom Anne was so attracted - the man who kneew too many things, and who somehow managed to be very close to Anne when she faced her greatest peril....
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Last Act Reviews
This older novel (1979) was referenced in another source as a good fictional description of opera. It's true that the production of a previously undiscovered opera by Beethoven occupies much of the first half of the book. However, the second part disintegrates into a crazy, unbelievable soap-opera mess of murder, mayhem and romance, with opera pushed firmly off the stage. A disappointment.
I'm not generally keen on thrillers, but I do enjoy Jane Aiken Hodge's genre, which tend to be light thrillers - often in a historical setting - with an underlying romance. Her writing style is crisp, her suspense is just scary enough to keep me reading but not unpleasant enough to stop me sleeping at night!'Last Act' is set in the 1960s, and features Anne Paget, a singer who has just learned that she has an unspecified illness. Her doctor informs her that she has - at most - six months to live. The same day, she receives an invitation to be understudy in a newly-discovered opera in the small European town of Lissenburg.With nothing to lose, Anne decides to take up the offer, and finds herself rapidly involved in intrigue, scandal, and extreme danger. It was a pleasant light read. Not my favourite novel by this author, and somehow I didn't find myself deeply involved with any of the characters although they were mostly believable enough. But it certainly kept me interested for a couple of days and I enjoyed reading it.
I found this dull reading. Anne, an opera singer who gave up her career to marry, has just been informed by her doctor that she has 6 months or less to live. You never find out what the diagnosis was just that she has widely spaced intervals of excruciating pain. Just where that pain is you will never find out by reading this book. You do learn though that the pain is worse if she is hungry. Whatever it is that she has shows up on x-rays, but again you have no idea what portion of her anatomy was x-rayed. She has been unhappy and living in poverty since the death of her cheating husband. Her unhappiness has led to her losing the ability to sing. Then one day she came home from work and found a letter from Carl, the man who had taught her to sing. He wanted her to take a job as understudy to one of his singers in a newly discovered opera by Beethoven. Miraculously she instantaneously recovers her singing ability. I won't say more other than it's a mess. Read on openlibrary.com
I picked up this book because it had a clue about the beauty of Beethoven Music. A lost Opera of his had been found and was about to be performed at the same time. A lucky girl who faced with certain death was chosen to travel to Switzerland in a Palace, no less, to sing it. Mystery, Music, travel and suspense. What more could I ask for. The ending was confusing, almost spoiling the story line, as the other characters struggle to capture the moment. copyright in 1979 and smelly with age, it was worth the save.
This is also one of my favorite romances, maybe because it was one of the first serious ones I read. It is clean too, and a good mystery and suspense novel.