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

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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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2014 Agatha Award nominees
1st out of 25 books — 5 voters
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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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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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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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Mark Baker
In the two months since the end of My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle has gone to work for Emil Nepommuck, Henry Higgins’s chief rival. This is just one of the many reasons that Higgins decides the take Nepommuck down. However, when the man turns up murdered, Higgins becomes Scotland Yard’s chief suspect and Eliza and Higgins must team up to figure out what really happened to the man.

This is a delightful continuation of the characters from the famous musical (or more accurately George Bernard Shaw’s
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Kathy
I couldn't help but find this premise, Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle turned detectives, interesting. Unfortunately, when I dove into reading it, it just didn't live up to that potential. The writing and the characters are elementary to the point of becoming annoying. The farcical take on the events makes the entire story seem forced. I had to push myself through the first three-quarters of the story as it just seemed either dull as ditch water or so ridiculous as to instigate involuntary eye ...more
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!
Megan
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Nominated for the 2014 Agatha for Best Historical Fiction, this story features Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, reimagined as amateur sleuths in Edwardian London. As the story begins, Eliza has taken a job with Henry's chief rival, Emil Nepommuck, who publicly takes credit for Eliza's transformation into a lady. After an enraged Henry submits proof to the contrary to a London newspaper, his nemesis turns up dead with a dagger in his back. Henry becomes Scotland Yard's prime susp
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Kathy
Two college friends get together, choose a pen name, D. E. Ireland, and begin a mystery series featuring Eliza Ddoolittle and Henry Higgins.
Now working for Henry's rival, Emil Nepommuck, Eliza feels she is advancing in the world. However, disaster strikes. Nepommuck is killed an the chief suspect is Henry Higgins. Eliza knows he is innocent. H may be a loud blusterer, but he would never hurt anyone. She deterines to prove his innocence along with his help as well as that of Colonel Pickering and
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Sandybear76
Fun book. Good characters. Ready for the next one.
Tarissa
An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery. The concept seemed divine (absolutely loverly!) to me when I first heard of it -- a new series written all about 2 of my favorite fictional characters. My Fair Lady happens to be my favorite film ever produced. Regrettably, I have a couple of personal issues with this new book, and won't be recommending it to like-minded readers who dislike the same issues.

Wouldn't It Be Deadly picks up after My Fair Lady. Eliza Dooolittle is now a refined (or some
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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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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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Gabriela
After completing (and truthfully enjoying) Wouldn't It Be Deadly, I feel as triumphant as Eliza Doolittle on the last turn of a page. Such consistent, humorous and engaging characters. Henry Higgins and Doolittle are two memorable characters I will not let go of very easily and sincerely might never do. Spunky Eliza may even be my new alternate ego. Kudos to D.E. Ireland. Not only did I enjoy the characters but Ireland's descriptive writing too. It was just enough to allow the dome that is my he ...more
Rebecca Mulligan
A Fair Lady

This book is a fun read and one in which you can have a great deal of pleasure. It is quite fanciful and does have certain moments of humor in it. I must admit that the final scene which takes place during the play Hamlet is one of the funniest I have read in a long time. It takes a lot to make me burst out laughing but this did it. If you're looking for a book which requires little to no mental exertion through it, this is the book for you.
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
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
Greg Rothenberger
More My Fair Lady than Pygmalion, but really a fun read. The ending was a bit chaotic. I can't wait for the next chapter in the stories of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins.
Katherine Decker
This was a great book for both mystery and My Fair Lady fans. Eliza and Higgins are a fun detective duo and I hope this will be the first in a long series to come. Full of twists and turns, and with small references to the play scattered throughout, this story could have you reading all night.
Tessa Arlen
A superb treat for fans of My Fair Lady! I sand All I want Is a Room Somewhere right through three times when I finished this witty, fun book. Treat yourself!
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
Una
Thoroughly enjoyable read incorporating all of the My Fair Lady characters. Loved the inclusion of phrases from the original score into the content.
Chuck Ledger
Interesting and enjoyable follow up to My Fair Lady.
Catherine
Loved this mystery. Worst thing I can say about it - the music from My fair lady just kept running through my mind whilst I was reading.
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.
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