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GET ME TO THE GRAVE ON TIME

 

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What reviewers are saying…

This writing team captures these characters wonderfully. The dialogue is spectacular, especially between Higgins and Eliza, but all the others too… To have the characters sleuthing around London, even the East End in just brilliant.”  Lori Caswell/Dollycas

If you haven’t read this series yet, I really can’t recommend it highly enough. Whether you start from the beginning or jump in with Get Me to the Grave on Time,  you’ll find yourself swept to another time and place and loving every page of it. And what a climax! I’m not going to spoil anything about it: I’m just going to say that I loved it.  Carstairs Considers

This book in one word? Perfect! Weddings and murders and glorious mayhem are in store for readers….  Lisa K’s Book Reviews

This was my first taste of the Doolittle and Higgins mysteries, and I must admit that I found it delightful and amusing. It is well packed with twists and turns, a good set of characters, well plotted and written. I will be looking to read the earlier books and future books in the series.   Murder, Mystery & More

Fascinating characters, a thrilling mystery, and a possible Indian curse are only some of the reasons to read Get Me to the Grave on Time. D.E. Ireland continues the lives of these memorable characters in a fresh new mystery filled with laughter as well as danger.   Cozy Up With Kathy

What a fun cozy! Besides the fact that Eliza and Henry feel like they walked right off the screen and into this story, the weddings and traditions were a pleasure to read about….  The Book’s The Thing

…you’ll have a blast with this series. You can read this book as a stand alone but you’ll find yourself wanting to follow the adventures of these remarkable characters.  Laura’s Interests

Unusual, delight, and refreshing… intelligent, vivid in historical detail, setting, and fashion – and is delightfully funny.  The Power of Words

Weddings, murders and curses all stirred in a cocktail prepared for you to enjoy.  Varietats

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 … witty, entertaining and utterly delightful!  Valerie’s Musings

…if you love My Fair Lady or any other movie like it, you will love this series. A winner all the way around.  Babs Book Bistro

What authors are saying…

D.E. Ireland takes Four Weddings and a Funeral and does it one better by adding murder! Victoria Thompson, best-selling author of Murder in Morningside Heights

Pull out the stopper! D.E. Ireland once again uncorks a charming and high-spirited mystery, with the enchanting Eliza Doolittle and delightfully grumpy Henry Higgins on the case. An enjoyable and amusing read! Susanna Calkins, Macavity Award winner for The Masque of a Murderer

Weddings and funerals make for the perfect backdrop in the race to figure out whodunit. Jealous mistresses, looted treasure…and one must of course be fashionably dressed through it all! Highly recommend all three books… Really good, clever fun. Eleanor Cawood Jones, author of Death Is Coming to Town and A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Tales of Murder and More

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MOVE YOUR BLOOMING CORPSE

 

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FROM REVIEWERS:

This book is a total delight to read. It contains several throwbacks to the beloved classic “Pygmalion” as well as advancing into new territory, including the spread of the British suffragette movement and English racing culture in the early 1900s. The characters are remarkably true to Shaw’s original depiction—Eliza Doolittle is just as plucky as ever, and with the ever-irascible Henry Higgins in tow. Move Your Blooming Corpse is an adaptation that was begging to be written. The story keeps you guessing at every step and provides endless entertainment all along the way. Tulsa Book Review

The writing duo that makes up D. E. Ireland do a fantastic job of continuing with characters created by George Bernard Shaw… Move Your Blooming Corpse has a complex plot that evolves with each revelation and twist and turn. It moves at a quick pace with action from the first page to the last. I chuckled aloud more than once. It has a cozy mystery feel, but it is also a well researched historical reminiscent of classic British mysteries. I was transported to the early twentieth century via the story’s vivid descriptions of period detail and social niceties. Oh, to go shopping with Eliza for a day! Open Book Society

In a mash-up of My Fair Lady and Sherlock Holmes, Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins find themselves investigating a case that begins at the Royal Ascot horse race in Edwardian England… the banter between the two is one of the more entertaining aspects of the novel. If you like your mysteries frothy, you’ll find yourself intrigued and entertained. Mystery Scene Magazine

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I was chomping at the bit waiting for this book… These characters are so superb, I love them all, even the guilty ones. They go above and beyond the movie and my expectations. They jump right off the page. The dialogue is absolutely delightful. The exchanges between Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are so blooming funny. This author team has whipped up quite a mystery too… once I started reading I just couldn’t stop and I was sad that it ended. A marvelous read! Completely captivating! Dollycas Reviews

…A total delight to read. It contains several throwbacks to the beloved classic Pygmalion as well as advancing into new territory, including the spread of the British suffragette movement and English racing culture in the early 1900s. The characters are remarkably true to Shaw’s original depiction—Eliza Doolittle is just as plucky as ever, and with the ever-irascible Henry Higgins in tow. Move Your Blooming Corpse is an adaptation that was begging to be written. The story keeps you guessing at every step, and provides endless entertainment all along the way. Manhattan Book Review

Here’s a gift idea for your pals who read books while waiting for shows to start. Move Your Blooming Corpse is the second in a series in which the sleuths are Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins from George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion… full of fashionable horse racing events and sumptuous feasts. “If any of this food is poisoned,” the erudite Higgins counsels Eliza, “you will be the first to drop dead.” To which she responds: “If there’s poison in this cake, it’s the best blooming poison I’ve ever tasted.” Hartford Courant

Move Your Blooming Corpse brings to mind the writing of Agatha Christie and the filming of Downton Abbey. You take a step back in time and enter Victorian England with horse racing, women suffragettes, and of course, tea time. It was quite a trip but I definitely enjoyed the travel!Luxury Reading

D. E. Ireland burst upon the scene with last year’s witty Wouldn’t It Be Deadly, bringing Eliza Doolittle, Henry Higgins and the cast familiar to readers from Pygmalion and My Fair Lady to life. The sequel is every bit as charming and witty, taking readers to Royal Ascot and into the world of horse racing… The writing team get the period details just right, from a the clothing down to the food… Take a loverly step back in time with Eliza and Henry Higgins and the crew. Auntie M Writes

The second in Ireland’s clever series starring Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins focuses on horse racing (Eliza having developed a taste for the sport of kings on her first trip to Ascot, as readers will remember from My Fair Lady) …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

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… Dialogue is spot on and when Eliza drops into her pre Henry Higgins brogue, I could hear her voice. The Book Breeze

Told in contrasting viewpoints, with cliff-hanger endings to each chapter, this murder mystery is breezy and well-paced, with delightful touches of Edwardian life of which we have grown fond—shopping and dining at Selfridges, the suffragette movement, the titled and the dustmen, and delightful picnics that turn deadly at the taste of the tea. Historical Novel Society

Wouldn’t It Be Deadly author D. E. Ireland has done it again. Paired Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle for another romp of doing what they seem to do well – solve murders!
D. E. Ireland (actually two authors pairing their wit and wisdom to create a fun and delightful series) have crafted another whimsical read. I found Eliza to be smart but fun-loving. Not a dizzy blonde type. She has a mind and loves to use it. BookLoons

A fast moving historical mystery that is so full of fun readers should expect to laugh, while learning all about horse-racing in the distant past and waiting for the climax which contains many twists before it’s all over. Eliza and the Professor continue to be one of the best teams ever written. Suspense Magazine

Five “magnifying glass stars” from Mysterious Reviews!

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Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are delightful characters in this often humorous murder mystery. The fast-paced storyline is a solidly developed one, with just the right amount of complexity and depth to keep one interested in how it will all be resolved. Move Your Blooming Corpse is a strong entry in what is shaping up to be a very entertaining series, and is highly recommended. Mysterious Reviews

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On finding the sequel, Move Your Blooming Corpse, I figured it couldn’t measure up to the delightful romp that the first one was. Never have I been more glad to be wrong… D.E. Ireland has the perfect touch when it comes to penning these wonderful books with our favorite Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, and that cross linguist, Henry Higgins. Night Owl Reviews

Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are delightful characters in this humorous murder mystery, a strong entry in what is shaping up to be a very entertaining series. The fast-paced storyline is a solidly developed one, with just the right amount of complexity and depth to keep one interested in how it will all be resolved.  OmniMystery Reviews

The historical details of the book are wonderful, and I found myself getting lost in another time and place as I read.  The campaign to give women the right to vote was definitely a part of that historical feel, and I liked seeing that fight first hand. There is a fun sense of humor in this book as well… D.E. Ireland has turned these classic characters into their own so effortlessly, it almost makes me wonder why no one has done it before. Carstairs Considers

The follow up to Wouldn’t It Be Deadly is so much fun you won’t want to miss it! …Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle pair up to play detective again with hilarious results. D. E. Ireland is right “on track” with this new mystery. Cuppa Cozy Reviews

…a fast paced historical mystery filled with fun and excitement. Expect to laugh, expect to learn, and expect to be challenged. The mystery is complex with numerous twists and turns. Eliza and the Professor are right at home in their new world of the cozy mystery.  Cozy Up With Kathy Reviews

The authors treat us not only to Royal Ascot Week, we also are able to attend the Henley Regatta. We move among the wealthy, the titled, the privileged– and some of those wanting a few more privileges… Although horse racing does play an important role in the book, it doesn’t overwhelm the story. No need to bring out the feedbag or curry comb! Kittling: Books

Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are delightful characters in this humorous murder mystery, a strong entry in what is shaping up to be a very entertaining series. The fast-paced storyline is a solidly developed one, with just the right amount of complexity and depth to keep one interested in how it will all be resolved. The Betz Review in OmniMystery Magazine

They’re off to the races!  D.E. Ireland has set Eliza Doolittle and Professor Higgins off 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 themVictoria Thompson, Gaslight Mysteries

The first book in this series was terrific–even got nominated for an Agatha Award. So, to follow up, the authors have written a book that is, in my opinion, even better. The plotting is intricate, the characters fresh and interesting, and the pace fast-moving… Everything just gells together for a beautifully presented mystery. Terrific whodunit, well researched period piece, and just good fun with Eliza and the Professor. Everything you might look for if you like an entertaining mystery… Eleanor Cawood Jones, A Baker’s Dozen and Death is Coming to Town

FROM READERS:

“The mystery crescendoes to a brilliant ending as Eliza uncovers the evildoer. In a heart stopping finish, Eliza risks all for the sake of truth and justice. I enjoyed this cozy series, and recommend it.”

“It really pulled me near the beginning and I really liked the historical technicals of it. Since the Kentucky Derby is near where I live, some of the excitement was familiar also. I really just love Eliza Doolittle’s character and how she’s goes about her business and drags others along with her. It kept me guessing till the end.”

Move Your Blooming Corpse brings to mind the writing of Agatha Christie and the filming of Downton Abbey. You take a step back in time and enter Victorian England with horse racing, women suffragettes, and of course, tea time. It was quite a trip but I definitely enjoyed the travel!”

“I love these books. They’re murder mysteries featuring Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. I always want to break into song while reading them.”

“This writing team is doing a marvelous job of taking well-known characters, making them their own, and placing them in a jewel box of a setting. Eliza, Henry, and the others are showing us facets of themselves that they’ve never had the opportunity to before. I suppose solving murders does have a tendency to do that…”

“I learned quite a bit about women’s suffrage and the characters that get Eliza involved, such as her cousin Jack’s fiancée Sybil who was marvelous, give the historical movement a personal feel. The book does a great job of melding research with intrigue and provides a fun mystery—I highly recommend Move Your Blooming Corpse!”

“This writing team is doing a marvelous job of taking well-known characters, making them their own, and placing them in a jewel box of a setting. Eliza, Henry, and the others are showing us facets of themselves that they’ve never had the opportunity to before.”

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WOULDN’T IT BE DEADLY

 

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FROM REVIEWERS:

This clever new series stars Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins as amateur sleuths. Eliza has a new job teaching elocution lessons as assistant to Higgins’ rival, Emil Nepommuck. When Emil is murdered, Eliza helps Henry clear his name by interviewing a cast of people with fascinating secrets, including an actress, a society matron, and an aspiring bank robber. Curmudgeonly Higgins hides large secrets while Eliza wrestles with her new role as a lady. Colonel Pickering is lovable as a fatherly figure, though he misses clues when his head is deep in research with new friend Major Redstone. 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

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As a fan of homage sequels, I was delighted to see that someone had finally continued Eliza and Henry’s story. Wouldn’t It Be Deadly is a wonderful treat for fans, because it rings true to the characters that people have come to know so well. D. E. Ireland has laid groundwork for believable back stories for the main characters, while foreshadowing possible future storylines. The author did an outstanding job of answering questions about what happened next, while still giving hope that Eliza and Henry will end up together at some future point. One of the highlights was getting to see Eliza’s interaction with her father, with Eliza’s Cockney optimism and humor carrying through. The only drawback to this book at all is that it’s the only one yet in what will hopefully be a long and successful series.  Night Owl Suspense

D. E. Ireland reimagines the literary characters Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle as a charming pair of amateur sleuths… Wouldn’t It Be Deadly is a delightful, cleverly plotted mystery, with engaging characters showing wit and good humor. Henry and Eliza are still at odds with each other over their recent past, of course, but they come together in an admirable manner to identify a killer. Thoroughly enjoyable, this is a sparkling start to this new series.  Mysterious Reviews

What fun! Did you ever wonder what happened to Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins at the end of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion or the movie My Fair Lady? A Michigan author duo (writing as D.E. Ireland) turns these two strong characters into sleuths… It’s great fun to re-enter Eliza’s world and to see her relationship with Henry Higgins evolve. Just you wait! Book Loon Reviews

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

The authors are to be credited for maintaining the tone and the personality of all of the players, down to using dialogue you can believe these characters would say. There is humor and exasperation, and the final scene rivals anything yet to be seen on Drury Lane. All of the period details are spot on. A wonderful debut of pure brain candy and one can only feel G. B. Shaw would be best pleased. Auntie M Writes

The author did a wonderful job of describing 1913, from Higgins’ upscale home in Mayfair to the not so picturesque area known as London’s East End. I found the description of the time period very interesting, from the locale, to the people, to the clothing styles…  It was a lot of fun to read what might have happened to Eliza and Henry after the ball, and to be introduced to even more characters who were added to round out the new story. I can see that this series will be a hit. These characters have a lot of potential cases to solve and I look forward to reading the next installment. Criminal Element

A charming teaming of Eliza, Professor Higgins, and Major Pickering make for an engaging light historical mystery. Library Journal

…I loved how they went through a number of suspects, and making you turn the page to find out who it is. They add in tons of humor, and lots of surprise (especially the ending!) to the story. I can’t wait for the next one in this series… 5 out of 5 stars: I did this because it was an amazing story and I loved every minute of reading it.  Night Girl Reviews

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A ‘loverly’ idea to turn Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins into sleuths. They make a wonderful team. The barbs they throw at each other are hilarious and so true to their characters. Colonel Pickering is still the voice of reason and Mrs. Pearce is there to soothe flustered feathers and keep everyone’s belly full…  I may not have been dancing but I stayed up all night to finish reading this delightful mystery. I was laughing at loud in places which disturbed Mr. Dollycas but I couldn’t put this book down.  Charming, captivating, engaging, and a must read. Escape With Dollycas

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… an enjoyable read with great series potential. Romantic Times

…a charming story that is also a captivating mystery.  The main characters are true to what we know about them from the plays and the movie, but here we are given a look into what happens after Eliza is no longer a flower-seller but not yet a lady. Marilyn’s Mystery Reads

Wouldn’t it be Deadly is based on characters that first appeared in George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalian and were made popular by the musical, and later movie, My Fair Lady… The story plays out as part mystery, part humor, and part adventure. Ireland has kept true to the essence of the original characters…The climax of the story takes place during a performance of Hamlet, and it will have the reader laughing out loud. I greatly enjoyed this first in a series and cannot wait to read the next installment. Highly Recommended  OpenBookSociety

The exciting and hilarious conclusion will leave readers crying “Encore!” for more in this delightful new series. I Love A Mystery

Wouldn’t It Be Deadly is delightful! I admit I was initially a little skeptical – Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins as amateur detectives?! But it works beautifully. The mystery plot is well-crafted, with plenty of red herrings and twists and turns. The authors are scrupulously fair when it comes to clues… things move along briskly but with plenty of time to enjoy the characters and setting. The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

…highly amusing and entertaining…  an epic job of taking something so famous and making a cozy mystery out of it that I immensely enjoyed.  Girl Lost in a Book

If you, like me, enjoyed every minute of My Fair Lady (or Pygmalion for the intellectuals), this is a must read.  —BookBitch.com

In this exciting new novel, Eliza and Higgins are still nursing their grievances against each other when a murder forces them to work together. Join them in this delightful romp through early 20th century London as they try to find a killer and clear Higgins’ name.Victoria Thompson, Gaslight Mysteries

The charming and feisty Eliza Doolittle, the masterful Henry Higgins, a Hungarian upstart, a Sanskrit scholar—all are brought together in an intriguing plot. D.E. Ireland gives us a fascinating look into a bygone world. Susan Wittig Albert, The Darling Dahlias Mysteries

When I first heard that D.E. Ireland was writing Wouldn’t It Be Deadly, a mystery featuring Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, I could have danced all night. We’ve only been waiting a century for another glimpse of this wonderful duo, and there is no better format than a juicy Edwardian murder. Higgins is his irascible, aristocratic self, while Eliza grows and evolves quickly in a world of society intrigue and danger. They make a wonderful pair of sleuths. Having now read Ireland’s work I can safely say, ‘By George, I think she’s got it!’Will Thomas, Barker & Llewellyn Mysteries

Oh so loverly 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 winner, the Dandy Gilver Mysteries

I could have read all night! A delicious homage to these beloved characters–putting this classic duo in the midst of a murder is terrifically clever and authentically charming. Loverly.  —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha and Anthony Award winner, The Wrong Girl and The Other Woman

FROM READERS:

“The soundtrack of My Fair Lady accompanied this delightfully funny tale. Faithful depictions of Higgins and Doolittle provide us with an amusing and original combination of sleuths and a plot that leaps along to a wonderfully slapstick conclusion!”

“…I feel as triumphant as Eliza Doolittle on the last turn of a page. Such consistent, humorous and engaging characters..Spunky Eliza may even be my new alternate ego. In other words, she is! Kudos to D.E. Ireland… I’m looking forward to the next one already!”

“The authors stay very true to the original characters yet make the story their own and add nice touches of humor. As a linguist, fan of mystery, George Bernard Shaw, not to mention Lerner and Lowe musicals, this book was right up my proverbial alley. I hope there’s a sequel.”

“What a wonderful mystery with wonderful characters! I enjoyed reading it and have recommended it to my daughters, all of whom love to read. I thought I had figured it out several times, but my choices kept changing… Good job, ladies!”

“D.E. Ireland must have written the first Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mystery just for me. I’m a big fan of My Fair Lady. Ireland brings all the charm, eccentricities, personalities and humor of that musical to this book. Wouldn’t It Be Deadly is a fun follow-up to the movie. And, I’m sure readers will picture Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison searching London for a killer.”

Wouldn’t It be Deadly is a charming and cleverly written mystery… The authors have done an amazing job of capturing the essence of the characters personalities and putting them at the center of a murder investigation set in Edwardian London. The mystery is a quick and entertaining read. I highly recommend it and look forward to the next book in the series.”

“Fun, true to characters of the My Fair Lady cast. I really enjoyed the plot twists, dialogue, and characterizations in this light murder mystery.”

“This is so much fun. Witty and interesting, a mysterious romp…”

“I was laughing at all the bickering that Eliza and Higgins did…”

“Not just a good read but a great read.”

“Eliza, Henry and the others were continued beautifully, and the new depths to their personalities and lives is a treat! Being a believer in the immortality of the soul, I believe that George Bernard Shaw approves!”

“The authors paint a picture of Wimpole Street and London that makes the reader feel like they are right there, walking alongside the characters…”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted, fun mystery with Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins as detectives. Full of sly references to My Fair Lady. A must for any fan of the play or musical!”

“I love it when a writer can take on someone else’s characters and have them remain true to the original. Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle are just as entertaining in this book as in My Fair Lady…”

“You don’t have to be a fan of My Fair Lady to enjoy this delightful mystery! Set in 20th century London Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins make a charming pair of sleuths when they are thrown together to clear Higgins of murder…”

“I enjoyed this book and once I started there was so putting it down, the wit and humor were fantastic. The characters Eliza and Henry are so strong and memorable and with the witty banner you will be hooked from the start…”

Wouldn’t It Be Deadly is a fun and fast-paced ride with Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins as they are swept up in an engaging mystery–that quickly turns personal. The book is a perfect balance between suspense and humor, and kept me guessing and laughing the whole way through. This jaunt through the streets of Edwardian London feels like you’re really there and does not disappoint. A great read!”

“Here I am, clapping…. Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle are captivating sleuths and the storyline is not only engaging and interesting, but the characters are memorable and the book is entertaining with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments…”

“The action was wonderful and it was a quick read, but a delightful one. I am eager for the next installment!”

“Fun easy reading. Read in one sitting. Really got led down a false trail which made the ending even better. I liked the staging of the ending very dramatic. A few loose ends that I hope are tied up in next one.”

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