Wouldn't it be Deadly by D E Ireland

Wouldn’t it be Deadly
D. E. Ireland

Minotaur Books

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“Fans of My Fair Lady and cozy mystery lovers alike will enjoy this book.”

In Wouldn’t it be Deadly, former Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins become mixed up in a murder mystery romp through early twentieth century London.

Eliza has moved on in the world to become teaching assistant to Hungarian phonetics tutor Maestro Emil Nepommuck. She soon learns the Maestro has a number of shady dealings involving blackmail of those seeking to improve themselves through his tuition, and he’s certainly not above seducing his more attractive female pupils. A ruthlessly ambitious social climber, Nepommuck caps it all by becoming engaged to a member of the English aristocracy.

Matters take a dramatic turn when Eliza and her beau Freddy Eynsford-Hill discover the Maestro lying dead in his apartment with a dagger in his back. Worse, it appears his bitter rival Henry Higgins may be the perpetrator. Soon Eliza, the Professor, the charming Colonel Pickering and friends are all on the trail of the killer. The police seem certain Henry Higgins ‘done the Maestro in’ and aren’t looking anywhere else. Higgin’s cause isn’t helped when he seems reluctant to give a firm alibi for the time of the murder. Worse, it appears Eliza’s life is in danger. The Maestro’s criminal past, the London underworld, the theater and brutish police detectives all come in to play before the dramatic showdown.

Wouldn’t it be Deadly sees Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins come to life once more. The characters are themselves, with Higgins his usual irascible but kindhearted self, and Eliza as prickly and independent as ever. The occasional jarring Americanism creeps into their very British world, but this doesn’t detract from the overall charm. Fans of My Fair Lady and cozy mystery lovers alike will enjoy this book.

Reviewer: Cindy A. Matthews