Wouldn't It Be Deadly

Wouldn't It Be Deadly

An Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mystery

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250049353
1250049350
Characteristics: 320 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shaw, Bernard 1856-1950.
Alternative Title: Would not it be deadly.

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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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