5 out of 5 stars
I’m excited to bring you today’s post as I’m part of a Virtual Book Tour for “Get Me to the Grave on Time” by D.E. Ireland. This is the first time I’ve participated in a Virtual Book Tour which involves many blogs that spotlight/review books. If you click on the banner above, it will take you to the page where all the hosts are listed so you can visit other sites as well!
Get Me to the Grave on Time is the 3rd in the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery series. I absolutely loved this book. I was hooked from the start and I’ve already asked for the first two books to be brought in through interlibrary loan to read!
Although Eliza still refuses to marry Freddy Eynsford Hill, everyone around her seems headed for the altar. She and Henry Higgins have four different weddings to attend, including one for Eliza’s cousin, one for Henry’s niece, one for Freddy’s sister, and another for a Duchess in the community. But when the Duchess’s betrothed is found murdered and someone tries to shoot Eliza’s cousin, Henry and Eliza find themselves in the thick of things!
Mayhem, mystery, and hilarity ensue when you mix four weddings, a couple of murders, and an old Indian curse together under the English sun. Get Me to the Grave on Time is just delightful!
The storyline moves along quite quickly, though it’s not so fast that you get lost with what’s going on. I didn’t figure out who the villain was until just before it was revealed which I really enjoy. It makes a book seem rather lackluster when I’m able to figure out ahead of time “whodunit”.
It’s wonderful to see Eliza and Henry interacting on more of an equal’s level. I’ve always enjoyed the storyline of Pygmalion, though I can never tolerate Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of Eliza long enough to watch the whole movie. This provides more of the illustrious Eliza and Henry without the horrible voice! In this book, Eliza & Henry’s banter is engaging and pleasing. They are definitely more suited for each other than Eliza and Freddy. Freddy is simply a bore and life is far better in the story when he’s not around! Thankfully, in this new installment in the series, we meet up with the possibility of a new suitor for Eliza in Detective Ramsey. Here’s hoping Eliza will dump Freddy or vice versa and we can see if it works out for Eliza and Detective Ramsey.
The side characters that we meet in this book are also enchanting and entertaining. I really enjoyed the couple from India and Clara’s husband-to-be, the Baron. They were all very well-rounded for only being “side” characters and were a pleasure to read about.
All in all, if you like cozy mysteries, if you like Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, and/or if you like historical mysteries set in the early 1900s, you’ll like this book. It was witty, entertaining and utterly delightful! Go buy it/borrow it and read it today!
** I received a free ARC from NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review. All opinions and conclusions are my own. **
About the Author
D.E. Ireland is a team of award-winning authors, Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta. Long time friends, they decided to collaborate on this unique series based on George Bernard Shaw’s wonderfully witty play, Pygmalion. While they admit the lovely film My Fair Lady and its soundtrack proved to be inspiring, they are careful to stick to Shaw’s vision of the beloved characters from Eliza to Higgins to Pickering and Freddy Eynsford Hill. They’ve also added a cast of new characters to flesh out their own version of events post-Pygmalion. They both have patient husbands, brilliant daughters, and share a love of good books, tea and history.