Move Your Blooming Corpse: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery (Hardcover)
In the second book from talented writing team D.E. Ireland, famous literary characters Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins once again come to life as a hilarious investigative team. Move Your Blooming Corpse explores the Edwardian racing world and the fascinating characters who people it, from jockeys to duchesses, in this delightful traditional mystery that will appeal to fans of British mysteries.
Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are at the posh Royal Ascot, the biggest horse racing event of the season. Eliza's father is the new co-owner of a champion racehorse, and Eliza and Henry are excited to cheer the Donegal Dancer on to victory. However, their idyllic outing takes a serious turn when a victim is trampled during the Gold Cup race and someone is found murdered in the stables.
With time running out before the upcoming Eclipse Stakes, she and Higgins investigate jealous spouses, suffragettes and the colorful co-owners of the Donegal Dancer. But can they outrace the murderer, or will there be another blooming corpse at the finish line?
About the Author
D. E. IRELAND is a writing team of two Michigan authors who met as undergraduates in an anthropology class and have remained friends ever since. Both are married to computer geeks, and each has one beautiful and brilliant daughter. Lifelong book lovers and history buffs, they have authored several novels on their own.
"The snappy pace and fun banter keep the story moving, while details about the suffragette movement, horse racing, fashion, and foods of the Edwardian era add plenty of appealing color, as does the quirky supporting cast."—Booklist
“They’re off to the races! D.E. Ireland has set Eliza Doolittle and Professor Higgins on a delightful romp set in the sophisticated world of British horseracing. The horses aren’t the only ones getting a workout. Eliza and the Professor can hardly keep up with the members of a racing syndicate, a bunch of passionate suffragettes, and Eliza’s own family. When people around them start dying, Eliza and the professor find themselves drawn into the investigation to protect those closest to them.” —Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue
“This debut novel is adorable and should appeal to fans of the characters as well as those who appreciate a fun-filled romp through early 20th century London. The characters lend themselves well to the muddle of a technology-free criminal investigation, and there are several laugh-out-loud moments. All the dead people truly had it coming...this is an enjoyable read with great series potential.” —RT Book Reviews (four stars) on Wouldn't It Be Deadly
“A madcap, intricate mystery combines with rich historical detail, a hilarious ending, and, most of all, the author's fine re-creation of the delightful cast from My Fair Lady. Broadway fans looking for something new will enjoy this treat.” —Booklist on Wouldn't It Be Deadly
“Set in London in 1913, this tongue-in-cheek series kickoff from the pseudonymous Ireland picks up where the musical My Fair Lady left off.” —Publishers Weekly on Wouldn't It Be Deadly
“A charming teaming of Eliza, Professor Higgins, and Major Pickering make for an engaging light historical mystery.” —Library Journal on Wouldn't It Be Deadly
“I could have read all night! A delightful homage to these beloved characters--putting this classic duo in the midst of a murder is terrifically clever and authentically charming. Loverly.” —Agatha and Anthony Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan on Wouldn't It Be Deadly
“Oh so lovverly to meet up again with Henry and Eliza in this ingenious mystery. All the beloved characters are here, neck deep in murder and mayhem, and the London setting is a delight. Suspects and red herrings abound on the way to a denouement that's laugh-out-loud hilarious. I hope Wouldn't It Be Deadly is the first of many.” —Catriona McPherson, Agatha, Lefty and Macavity Award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series on Wouldn't It Be Deadly