Minotaur Books Cozy Mystery
This delightful look into the world of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins’ continuing story is a tightly written, well-plotted book, and best of all, it lets us continue our fascination with the pair and their steadfast friend, Colonel Pickering. Between Eliza’s raucous father and stepmother and a host of other less than desirable company, Eliza and Henry find themselves up to their posh hats in bodies. The story is set against the backdrop of the suffragette movement in England, which became quite violent at times and emotions run high as the women fought for the right to vote. Merging the suffragettes with the racing crowd—an energetic blend of toffs and laborers—at Ascot, they are all shocked to see a victim trampled during the Gold Cup race. Dialogue is spot on and when Eliza drops into her pre Henry Higgins brogue, I could hear her voice. The team of D. E. Ireland took Eliza and Henry beyond their original story with a plausible tale, which certainly could have been pedestrian, but most definitely is not!
This review was provided by Mahala Church for her column Barefoot Book Reviews in the November 2015 edition of The Book Breeze.