GET ME TO THE GRAVE ON TIME, D.E. Ireland
Book 3 of the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Cozy Historical Mystery Series
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.
“Why must I subject myself to these blasted weddings?” Henry Higgins asked. “I’ve been invited to four in the next month alone. Four! I swear, I would prefer murder to matrimony.”
Higgins’s outburst elicited groans and eye rolling from his fellow passengers in the chauffeured car. Perspiring from the summer heat, he waved his top hat before his face. “And don’t think I’m dealing in hyperbole. I have a basis for comparison. After all, I’ve spent the past few months solving more than one murder, and been quite successful at it, too.”
Eliza, who sat across from him, lifted an eyebrow. “You wouldn’t have solved any of them without my help. Blimey, I’ve never known a man who thinks so well of himself.” She turned to the older woman beside her. “Was he always like this? If so, his nanny should have tossed him out of the pram and given a swift kick to his swollen head.”
Higgins’s mother sighed. “You have no idea. Luckily, Henry is my youngest. If he’d been the firstborn, I’m certain his father and I would have halted any further procreation.”
Although Higgins aimed exasperated looks at his mother and Eliza, in truth he was quite fond of them. Higgins had little use for women, but he regarded his mother as unique to her species: intelligent, cultured, and capable of wielding a wicked wit. As for Eliza Doolittle, a year ago she entered his life like an unexpected windstorm. He thought teaching a Cockney flower seller to speak and behave like a lady would be an amusing lark, as well as an easy way to win a wager from his fellow scholar and friend Colonel Pickering. Instead, she exceeded their expectations by being far more clever, resourceful, and charming than they could have guessed. Higgins found Eliza a delightful companion, but he’d swallow a tuning fork before admitting it.
“In response to your question,” Mrs. Higgins continued, “you’re attending four weddings because for some inexplicable reason these people wish your presence at their nuptials.”
“One of them is his own niece.” Eliza reminded her. “Relatives have to be invited no matter how much you may like them to stay away. I showed up for my dad’s wedding, even though I’d dance in the street if my step-mum dropped dead.”
“Exactly.” Higgins pointed at her. “You also prefer murder over matrimony.”
Eliza sat up with a start. “I never said anything about murder. I’d just like Rose to choke on a chicken bone or something. I don’t want her to be done away with.”
He gave a gleeful chuckle. “But murder is the quickest way, is it not?”
About the Authors
D.E. Ireland is the pseudonym of long time friends and award-winning authors, Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta. In 2013 they decided to collaborate on a unique series based on George Bernard Shaw’s witty play Pygmalion, which inspired the classic musical My Fair Lady. At work on Book Four of their Agatha nominated series, they also pursue separate writing careers. Currently both of them write cozy mysteries for Kensington under their respective new pen names: Sharon Farrow and Meg Macy. Sharon’s Berry Basket series debuted in October 2016, and Meg’s Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear series will be released in May 2017. The two Michigan authors have patient husbands, brilliant daughters, and share a love of tea, books, and history.