D.E. Ireland

The Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mysteries

Agatha Award Finalist for "Best Historical Mystery of 2014 & 2016"

D.E. Ireland is a team of award-winning authors, Sharon Pisacreta and Meg Mims. Long time friends, they decided to collaborate on this unique series based on George Bernard Shaw’s wonderfully witty play Pygmalion . . .which also inspired the classic musical My Fair Lady.

All of Shaw’s beloved characters appear, from Eliza and Professor Higgins to Colonel Pickering and Freddy Eynsford Hill. They’ve also added a cast of new characters to flesh out events post-Pygmalion, including Scotland Yard detective Jack Shaw, suffragette Sybil Chase, and the eccentric Duchess of Carbrey. Released November 2016, the third book in the series, Get Me To The Grave On Time, has Eliza and Higgins attending four weddings and a funeral. And murder is on the wedding menu!

GET ME TO THE GRAVE ON TIME

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 Sybil, but Freddy’s younger sister Clara is engaged, along with the niece of Henry Higgins. An even more surprising bride is the Duchess of Carbrey, a longtime friend of the Professor. Having survived two husbands, the lively society matron looks forward to wedded bliss with Husband Number Three, a handsome fellow half her age. These hopes are dashed when the groom is found dead. And while a jealous mistress is blamed for the murder, the death may also be connected to the stolen treasure of an Indian temple.

This spells trouble for Clara’s upcoming wedding since her fiancé Lord Ashmore owns most of the temple treasure. With time running out, Higgins and Eliza must catch the killer before Clara’s bridegroom –  and perhaps the bride herself – get to the grave long before they reach the altar to say “I do”.

Agatha Award Finalist – Best Historical Mystery of 2016

WOULDN'T IT BE DEADLY

Eliza Doolittle enrages Professor Higgins when she becomes a teaching assistant to his chief rival Emil Nepommuck. Even worse, Nepommuck is publicly taking credit for Higgins’s deed: transforming Cockney flower girl Eliza into a lady. After Nepommuck is found with a dagger in his back, Henry Higgins finds himself Scotland Yard’s prime suspect. However most of Nepommuck’s pupils had a reason to murder the man they called The Maestro. As another person turns up dead and evidence goes missing, the only way to clear the Professor’s name is to discover which of Nepommuck’s many enemies is the killer. When all the suspects attend a performance of Hamlet, Eliza and Higgins have no choice but to find the murderer before the deadly conclusion both on and off stage.

Agatha Award Finalist – Best Historical Mystery of 2014

MOVE YOUR BLOOMING CORPSE

Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are off to the races as they attend Royal Ascot, the biggest horse racing event of the season. Eliza’s father is now co-owner of a champion racehorse, and Eliza and Higgins are there to cheer the colt on to victory. But the festive outing takes a deadly turn when a man is trampled during the Gold Cup race and someone is found murdered in the stables. With time running out before the upcoming Eclipse Stakes, Eliza and Higgins investigate jealous spouses, suffragettes, and the colorful owners of the Donegal Dancer. But can they outrace the murderer, or will there be another blooming corpse at the finish line?