Wouldn't It Be Deadly

Wouldn't It Be Deadly

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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 credit for transforming Eliza into a lady, an enraged Higgins submits proof to a London newspaper that Nepommuck is a fraud. When Nepommuck is found with a dagger in his back, Henry Higgins becomes Scotland Yard's prime suspect. However, Eliza learns that most of Nepommuck's pupils had a reason to murder their blackmailing teacher. As another suspect turns up dead and evidence goes missing, Eliza and Higgins realize the only way to clear the Professor's name is to discover which of Nepommuck's many enemies is the real killer. When all the suspects attend a performance of Hamlet at Drury Lane, Eliza and Higgins don their theatre best and race to upstage a murderer. This reimagining of George Bernard Shaw's beloved characters is sheer pleasure. Wouldn't It Be Deadly transports readers to Edwardian London, from the aristocratic environs of Mayfair to the dangerous back alleys of the East End. Eliza and Henry steal the show in this charming traditional mystery"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250049353
1250049350
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY IRELAND 2014
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 22 cm

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readerek
Feb 11, 2018

This is delightful. The characters are true to "My Fair Lady". I enjoyed their personalities and interaction. The mystery does it's job. I had no clue about the murderer until near the end.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book. If you enjoy the actual story of the musical you'll be entertained by this book

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Kansasday
Oct 31, 2014

I've been a fan of the musical version of "Pygmalion" for over 45 years. This was a delightful, light read and very much in character with the personalities and their penchants for "dropping aitches" and searching for Higgins' slippers. All of the familiar characters put in an appearance including Pickering, Henry's mother, Freddy Einsford Hill, and of course, Eliza's father.

The plot was fast moving and not until the last chapter did the truth and murderers become known. This included Eliza bursting on stage in the middle of a production of Hamlet and knowing all of the lines. Funny, uplighting and I can't wait for more.

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