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Get Me to the Grave on Time (The Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mysteries, #1)

Get Me to the Grave on Time (The Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mysteries, #1)

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by D.E. Ireland

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“D.E. Ireland takes Four Weddings and a Funeral and does it one better by adding murder!” Victoria Thompson, Bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights

“Pull out the stopper!  D.E. Ireland once again uncorks a charming and high-spirited mystery, with the enchanting Eliza Doolittle and


“D.E. Ireland takes Four Weddings and a Funeral and does it one better by adding murder!” Victoria Thompson, Bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights

“Pull out the stopper!  D.E. Ireland once again uncorks a charming and high-spirited mystery, with the enchanting Eliza Doolittle and delightfully grumpy Henry Higgins on the case. An enjoyable and amusing read!” Susanna Calkins, Macavity Award winner for The Masque of a Murderer

Although Eliza still refuses to marry Freddy Eynsford Hill, everyone around her seems headed for the altar. Not only is her cousin Inspector Jack Shaw about to wed his sweetheart, but Freddy's younger sister Clara is engaged, along with the niece of Henry Higgins. Another blushing bride is the sixty-year-old Duchess of Carbrey, who plans to marry a handsome fellow half her age. But when the groom is found dead, a jealous mistress is blamed for the murder. However, the death may also be connected to the stolen treasure of an Indian temple.

Disaster strikes next at Jack and Sybil's wedding. Soon after, the wedding reception of Higgins's niece takes a lethal turn. Someone is targeting bridegrooms, and the wedding of Freddy's sister is next. Before another bridal bouquet is tossed, Higgins and Eliza must track down the killer. Otherwise, Clara's bridegroom - and perhaps the bride herself - may be murdered before they can get to the church on time.

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Get Me to the Grave on Time (The Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mysteries, #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A rollicking, fun adventure. Murder at three weddings! It's simply shocking and deliciously wicked. Prof. Higgins and Eliza make a delightful sleuthing team. Hats off to D.E. Ireland! I can't wait for the next book.
LisaKsBooksReviews 4 months ago
A stellar installment in an amazingly brilliant series! I knew I was going to be in for a wonderful adventure of reading when I heard of the first book in this series, WOULDN’T IT BE DEADLY. Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins solving mysteries? Yes, please! What could be better? The Phantom of the Opera (Erik) and Christine turning sleuths? (Are you reading this, D.E.? Erik and Christine? Huh? ;-) ) This book in one word? Perfect! Weddings and murders and glorious mayhem are in store for readers of GET ME TO THE GRAVE ON TIME. There was so much going on in this tale, I couldn’t . . . okay, wouldn’t put the book down! The story sailed across the pages at a delightful pace, and was penned with skilled writing, filling every chapter with mystery, intelligence, and humor. When reading the books in the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mysteries, I am transported to the very homes and streets I saw in the charming musical. I hear the voices of Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison clearly in my head. And I love the situations D.E. Ireland gets these two timeless characters into. Watching the characters from the musical (I admit to never having read the play, PYGMALION) change and grow in book one of this series, through to GET ME TO THE GRAVE ON TIME, has been some of the best and most entertaining hours of reading I have ever spent!
CozyUpWithKathy 7 months ago
Fascinating characters, a thrilling mystery, and a possible Indian curse 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. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Dollycas 8 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Love this series and am so happy the authors have found a way to continue it. Eliza Doolittle is not heading to the alter with Freddy Eynsford Hill, but she and Henry Higgins will be attanding several weddings throughout the story. Sadly all of the nuptuals have disaster hit them in some way. Someone seems to be targeting these weddings and Eliza and Higgins are doing their best to find out why and still get to the church on time. The wonderful thing about this story is that if you are familiar with the George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion or the movie My Fair Lady, you know these characters and can jump into this series anywhere. Of course, I believe you should start at the beginning This writing team captures these characters wonderfully. The dialogue is spectacular, especially between Higgins and Eliza, but all the others too. I hear the voices from the movie so clearly in my head. The story comes alive for me in the voices of Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Mona Washbourne. To have the characters sleuthing around London, even the East End in just brilliant. The mystery is very well plotted and it has to be because there are so many characters to keep straight. The classes of people all come together for wedding, funerals and everything in between. The adventure of following our sleuths is so much fun. Eliza seems to have no fear and such keen insight for a young woman. Higgins is forced to follow her lead and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! So much happens within these pages. It becomes impossible to put down. Laced with a high degree of humor this is a story I highly recommend. Which tune will these authors take on next? I Could Have Danced All Night? or I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face? I can’t wait to find out?
Carstairs38 8 months ago
Four Weddings and a Murder When the writing team of D. E. Ireland found a new home for their delightful Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mysteries, I definitely rejoiced, and I jumped at a chance to read Get Me to the Grave on Time. The series may have changed publishers, but fans will still absolutely love it. If you are new to the series, it picks up after the events of Pygmalion, more famous as the musical My Fair Lady, and features all the characters you love. As a result, the series is set in 1913 London society, and with the various character’s backgrounds, we get quite a view of the world at that time. As this book opens, linguistics professor Henry Higgins is disappointed at the prospect of four weddings in the next four weeks. It seems various friends and relatives are getting married and expecting Higgins to show up. On the other hand, Eliza Doolittle is delighted since it gives her a chance to show off some new dresses she’s bought. Her only worry is that Freddy Eynsford Hill, her boyfriend, will view this as an opportunity to propose. Again. But the unthinkable happens at the first wedding they attend. After the guests have left the church, the groom is found dead – poisoned. Why would someone kill the groom on his wedding day? Despite their past success finding killers, Henry and Eliza don’t want to dig into this one. However, an incident at the next wedding they attend makes it personal, and they begin trying to find the connection. What could it be? Those new to the world of this series can jump in here. We get enough background on the characters that even if you haven’t seen the plays or movie that first introduced us to these characters, you’ll understand what has happened before. And they certainly don’t spoil the previous mysteries, although anything we’ve learned in the previous books relating to the characters and where they are now is explained as well. But all this explaining doesn’t slow down the mystery. Things get off to a quick start, and that pace continues for the entire book. The plot weaves in some interesting themes and suspects before we reach the climax. And what a climax! I’m not going to spoil anything about it; I’m just going to say that I loved it. Over the course of the first two books, the authors have done a great job of making these characters their own. They’ve fleshed them out and added to what we know of them from the original source material. That continues here, and I truly love how they have evolved everyone. They’ve taken the edges off of Henry, which is important since I actually find him rather annoying in My Fair Lady (to put it mildly). They’ve given Eliza more self-confidence. All of this character growth feels natural for the characters. The supporting characters from the play have been getting the same treatment. Of course, the characters introduced for this mystery are just as strong and real. The book does a great job of exploring the various social issues happening in England in 1913. Not to say that the book is all serious. There are some truly laugh out loud moments that are completely delightful. If you haven’t read this series yet, I really can’t recommend it highly enough. Whether you start from the beginning or jump in with Get Me to the Grave on Time, you’ll find yourself swept to another time and place and loving every page of it. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.