After a much too long wait, Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are back! Eliza is working at making a new life for herself after Henry Higgins’ tutelage, and that means teaming up with his main rival, Emil Nepommuck. After Henry angrily confronts the two, Nepommuck is found dead. With Henry the chief suspect, Eliza must team up with him to help clear his name.
As a fan of homage sequels, I was delighted to see that someone had finally continued Eliza and Henry’s story. “Wouldn’t It Be Deadly” is a wonderful treat for fans, because it rings true to the characters that people have come to know so well. D. E. Ireland has laid groundwork for believable back stories for the main characters, while foreshadowing possible future storylines. The author did an outstanding job of answering questions about what happened next, while still giving hope that Eliza and Henry will end up together at some future point. One of the highlights was getting to see Eliza’s interaction with her father, with Eliza’s Cockney optimism and humor carrying through. The only drawback to this book at all is that it’s the only one yet in what will hopefully be a long and successful series.
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.