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Wouldn't It Be Deadly (Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery #1)

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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins make an incomparable pair of sleuths in the start of a delightful new series

Following her successful appearance at an Embassy Ball—where Eliza Doolittle won Professor Henry Higgins’ bet that he could pass off a Cockney flower girl as a duchess—Eliza becomes an assistant to his chief rival Emil Nepommuck. After Nepommuck publicly takes cred
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Teresa Watson
Wouldn’t It Be Deadly returns us to the wonderful world of Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. Eliza is still living with the Professor’s mother, and she has become a phonetics teacher, employed by Maestro Emil Nepommuck. Between the two of them, they have several students, all wanting to sound more upper class for various reasons.

Higgins, however, is not pleased with Eliza’s employer, because Nepommuck’s ads make it sound like he trained Eliza, not Higgins, and he is using her to draw
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My Fair Lady is one of my all time favorite movies! This story picks up after the Embassy Ball and I absolutely loved it! I immediately heard the voices of Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Mona Washbourne.

A “loverly” idea to turn Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins into sleuths. They make a wonderful team. The barbs they throw at each other are hilarious and so true to their characters. Colonel Pickering is still the voice of reason and Mrs. Pearce is there t
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Rose
"My Fair Lady" remains one of my very favorite musicals, one I've known since before I can remember. So the premise of this one was a joy: Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins teaming up to play Holmes & Watson as they get to the bottom of a murder mystery.

They did a great job capturing the characters' voices (the book is based nominally on the original George Bernard Shaw play, although musical references abound). They did make Eliza a bit more ... _mature_, really, but without losing any of
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Ron
The authors stay very true to the original characters yet make the story their own and add nice touches of humor. As a linguist, fan of mystery, George Bernard Shaw, not to mentio Lerner and Lowe musicals, this book was right up my proverbial alley. I hope there's a sequel.
Alyssa Maxwell
I loved this book! The mystery itself is clever and has several great twists I didn't see coming. The characters, though, are what really makes this story shine. Henry and Eliza are portrayed right on the mark, and with lots of humor. This is sure to be a hit with fans of My Fair Lady, historical mystery, and cozies in general. Adorable and fun!
Dianne
This is leaving me with a smile and digging around to find out when the next book is coming out.
I felt that the authors did very well with the characters of Eliza Doolittle, Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering.
I was laughing at all the bickering that Eliza and Higgins did.
As for the mystery I thought I had it figured out about half way through and until the end I thought I was right
but no I was wrong. I did not like chapter 20 the book already had so much comedy in it that this chapter came off
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Lesa
D.E. Ireland must have written the first Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mystery just for me. I'm a big fan of My Fair Lady. Ireland brings all the charm, eccentricities, personalities and humor of that musical to this book. Wouldn't It Be Deadly is a fun follow-up to the movie. And, I'm sure readers will picture Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison searching London for a killer.

Wouldn't It Be Deadly picks up two months after Eliza moved out of Professor Higgins' house, moving in with his mother. T
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Susan
When Hungarian phonetics expert Emil Nepommuck is murdered, Eliza Doolittle--who is working as his assistant and who found the body--is initially suspected. Fortunately, she has a friend in Scotland Yard, and the main focus of the police turns to Henry Higgins, who had lost his famous temper at Nepommuck once too often. Determined to prove that her loved and hated professor is innocent, Eliza turns to detection. There are the characters beloved from Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, plus new suspects, ...more
Eleanor Jones
Here I am, clapping. Just finished my advanced copy of Wouldn't It Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland from St. Martin's Press. I thoroughly and completely enjoyed it. I'm not going to outline the plot lest I spoil it, but Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle are captivating sleuths and the storyline is not only engaging and interesting, but the characters are memorable and the book is entertaining with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. It's not a short book but it is fast-paced with a terrific sense of a ...more
Debra Ann Moore
Awesome

If you loved the movie My Fair Lady then you will love this book even more....Not just a good read but a great read
Tracy
Best ending EVER! If you are a My Fair Lady fan and you wanted to know whatever happened to Eliza Doolittle then you should read this mystery.
Chuck Ledger
Interesting and enjoyable follow up to My Fair Lady.
Amanda
Wouldn't It Be Deadly is a fun and fast-paced ride with Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins as they are swept up in an engaging mystery--that quickly turns personal. The book is a perfect balance between suspense and humor, and kept me guessing and laughing the whole way through. This jaunt through the streets of Edwardian London feels like you're really there and does not disappoint. A great read!
Patricia
What a fun read! If you like historical mysteries, check this one out. In Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, Ireland gives us two fabulous amateur sleuths. Eliza is determined and knows her own mind, while Henry is insightful and has more depth than I expected. There's also quite a lot of humor throughout, especially at the end, which I won't talk about, but which I loved!
S.G. Rogers
Delightful, imaginative, and murderous romp in the world of Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. Everyone has secrets, it seems, and nobody is who you think they are. I really enjoyed how the author took these characters and made them fresh and new. Eliza is a spunky and tenacious sleuth, and Henry Higgins takes on a new, layered characterization. Kudos!
Daniele
This a fun continuation of My Fail Lady and a lovely turn of the century cozy mystery. Eliza is plucky and still a little out of her element. Higgins is expectantly gruff and obnoxious. I look forward to further adventures.
Melanie
That was fun! I thought the authors really captured the characters well.
Sandybear76
Fun book. Good characters. Ready for the next one.
Kirsten
Creative extension of Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins.
Laura Lebow
A fun read for My Fair Lady fans!
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Wouldn’t it be Deadly is based on characters that first appeared in George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalian and were made popular by the musical, and later movie, My Fair Lady. It picks up right where the musical ends, two months after the infamous Embassy Ball where Eliza Doolittle, an East End flower girl, was passed off as a duchess as a result of Professor Henry Higgins’ elocution lessons. Professor Higgins and Colone
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QNPoohBear
3 1/2 stars

This mystery used characters from George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmallion with many tongue-in-cheek referenes to the musical My Fair Lady. It helps if you're familiar with both before reading this but not necessary. It might be better not to know the characters ahead of time.

In 1913 Eliza Doolittle has left her home in Wimpole street after the Embassy ball in which she passed as a Duchesss. She's now working as an assitsant for Henry Higgins' biggest rival, Emil Nepommuck, a Hugarian co
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Linda Smatzny
This story uses the characters from My Fair Lady to be the basis of the story.Eliza Doolittle is living with Professor Higgins mother and working for another person teaching diction. When that man is murdered Professor Higgins is the prime suspect. It is a very interesting idea to use characters from another film/play as the main characters in this book. Lots of humor and some of the characters become better known with more background being written. The book was a quick easy read. Hopefully ther ...more
Argum
This is the first in a new series that takes the characters of Pygmalion/My Fair Lady and continues their lives as a classic murder mystery. Having never seen the play, but knowing vaguely the story line, I did a quick search to get the character basics before reading, but that even was unnecessary as the characters stand up well without the background and the relevant information is covered in the first part of the book. The murder mystery itself had a lovely twist that I didn't see coming and ...more
Hayden
The title of this book caught my eye as I walked past the "new books" section of my library. "Oooh, is that a play on words of the song from "My Fair Lady?" I wondered. Looking closer, I saw the description. "An Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mystery". Good grief! I turned up my nose at it and walked away...and two seconds later ran back and grabbed it.

I feel like this describes my personality on so many levels.

But on to the review: I think it's difficult to write a novel based on characters
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Sheri South
I really, really wanted to love this book. It's a great idea, and the seeds of the murder are sown in the film (I've never seen or read the play, so I can't speak to that), so working Eliza and 'enry 'iggins into a mystery seems organic, and not forced at all. Unfortunately, winks to the film that seemed clever at the beginning (for instance, an aristocratic lady lives in Hepburn House) seemed tiresome by the end, as did the characters' dialogue motifs: I found the "bloomin's" and "Cockney cabba ...more
Shirley
Fun easy reading. Read in one sitting. Really got led down a false trail which made the ending even better. I liked the staging of the ending very dramatic. A few loose ends that I hope are tied up in next one.
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D.E. Ireland is the pseudonym of authors Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta.
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