Wouldn’t It Be Deadly (Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mystery) (Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery)

Written by D. Ireland D.E. Ireland E.

The second book in this mystery series featuring the familiar characters from G.B. Shaw’s Pygmalion/My Fair Lady begins at the Royal Ascot races of June 1913. Eliza Doolittle’s irrepressible father, Alfie, is co-owner of the racehorse Donegal Dancer. The steed soon wins his race, much to the delight of the gathered owners’ syndicate. But soon after, one of them, the colorful Diana Price, former Gaiety Girl and current heartthrob of at least two additional partners, is found murdered. By a jealous husband? A wronged wife? Or was Diana at the wrong place and time?

Soon other syndicate members are felled, and none of the survivors feel safe. Eliza’s Scotland Yard cousin is stumped, as is Henry Higgins, Eliza’s partner in amateur sleuthing.

Told in contrasting viewpoints, with cliff-hanger endings to each chapter, this murder mystery is breezy and well-paced, with delightful touches of Edwardian life of which we have grown fond—shopping and dining at Selfridges, the suffragette movement, the titled and the dustmen, and delightful picnics that turn deadly at the taste of the tea.