GET ME TO THE GRAVE ON TIME by D.E. Ireland
The Third Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mystery
'Tis the season for weddings and Henry Higgins is fit to be tied! Considering matrimony a most unwelcome state, Higgins is forced to attend four weddings, starting with that of an old family friend. The wedding is not the dull affair he expected when the groom, instead of saying "I do" says he can't marry Minerva...who proceeds to pummel him with her bouquet. Sequestering him for his own safety didn't save the beleaguered groom, however. Instead he's found dead, poisoned by the bridal cog-a special drink meant for the bride and her groom. The groom's mistress is the obvious suspect and Eliza's cousin Jack, an inspector with Scotland Yard, is brought in on the case, even though his own wedding is about to occur. Jack's wedding is brought to a shocking conclusion as he is shot, along with Colonel Pickering, immediately following the nuptials. As they recover from their wounds, Eliza and Henry once again take up pursuit of a murderer. Will they solve the crime before the killer strikes again?
I love traveling back in time, especially when I get to visit with old friends and the main characters of GET ME TO THE GRAVE ON TIME are certainly old friends. Eliza, with her love of sweets and shopping, the curmudgeonly Higgins, and the beneficent Colonel Pickering bring me back to the days of my youth when I played Eliza in PYGMALION. I so enjoy seeing these characters evolve and the dynamics between them and others are also intriguing. With Freddy getting more annoying and Eliza more fed up with his endless proposals we meet a new romantic possibility in Detective Ramsey. At least Professor Higgins and I see that possibility. Another dashing hero enters the series in the character of Percy. I love him and can only hope to read even more of him in books to come.
D.E. Ireland convey the richness of the period with historical accuracy. Detailed descriptions of the weddings, from the Scottish traditions to suffragette colors and foods I wish I could take off of the page (chilled white grapes and candied violets, anyone?) transport readers to the hot summer days of 1913.
Fascinating characters, a thrilling mystery, and a possible Indian curse are only some of the reasons to read GET ME TO THE GRAVE ON TIME. D.E. Ireland continues the lives of these memorable characters in a fresh new mystery filled with laughter as well as danger.a Rafflecopter giveaway