Tone of Voice

I’ve struggled with how to give a character a particular tone of voice in a way that doesn’t cause a reader to go back and reread the line with the new tone of voice, like when it comes after as in:

“Why are you asking me this now?” Her voice rose to the high range of a soprano.

But if I switch it around, then it’s not the right POV, since another character wouldn’t know that her voice had risen until she says something.

I may have figured it out. Only use tone, or voice descriptions, between two lines of dialogue. As in:

“Why are you asking?” Her voice rose to the high range of a soprano. “Why now?”

That might just work. I’ll see.

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