Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

By Terry Pratchett

The Ghost within the bone-white masks who haunts the Ankh-Morpork Opera condominium used to be constantly thought of a benign presence—some may even say lucky—until he all started killing humans. The unexpected rash of surprising behind the curtain deaths now threatens to mar the operatic debut of kingdom woman Perdita X. (nee Agnes) Nitt, she of the considerable physique and ampler voice.

Perdita's anticipated to conceal within the refrain and sing arias out loud whereas a extra petitely presentable soprano mouths the notes. yet at the least it really is an get away from scheming Nanny Ogg and previous Granny Weatherwax again domestic, who wish her to hitch their witchy ranks. as soon as Granny units her brain on anything, although, it truly is difficult—and usually hazardous—to dissuade her. And no opera-prowling phantom fiend goes to maintain a couple of decided hags down at the farm after they have visible Ankh-Morpork.

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