Wednesday, December 12, 2018

With a Little Bit of Blood by D.E. Ireland | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

The Blurb

In the fourth book from the Agatha Award nominated writing team of D.E. Ireland, famous literary characters Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins find they may have brought trouble with them when they attend a country house party in With A Little Bit of Blood.

Eliza is not happy when Higgins buys a snazzy roadster. Her misgivings prove correct when he becomes injured in a motor car crash. Forced to play nursemaid, Eliza is thrilled to accept an invitation to a house party from Lord Ashmore and his bride, the former Clara Eynsford-Hill. But upon their arrival at Banfield Manor, Eliza is dismayed to see her sweetheart Freddy arm in arm with a beautiful actress. Higgins is shocked to learn the woman who once stalked him is also attending the party. Things grow even worse when spiritualist Madame Evangeline arrives and warns of impending danger. Her prediction comes true when someone is killed during the following day's shoot in the forest.

Higgins and Eliza suspect it wasn't an accident, but murder. Every guest hides a dark secret that involved the dead man. But who hated him more? The French aviator, the American cinema actress, a lady novelist, the Austrian count, or a knighted explorer of the Amazon? Madame Evangeline's séance may reveal what is really going on. But her cryptic words deepen the mystery, especially after another guest turns up dead.

Who is behind these murders? And has Higgins himself been targeted? As the day of the fox hunt begins, it seems likely that more than the fox will die. Before that happens, Eliza and the Professor must discover who may have a little bit of blood on their hands.

With a Little Bit of Blood by D.E. Ireland
Series: The Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mysteries #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery
Publication Date: April 15, 2018
Publisher: Grainger Press
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0998180939
ISBN-13: 978-0998180939
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The Review

I just finished an amazing book, y'all — With a Little Bit of Blood by D.E. Ireland, number four in the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins MysteriesLet me tell you a little about it.

I knew I would like With a Little Bit of Blood, because the previous books in the series were wonderful. The latest entry in the series is the best one yet. I've loved the main characters, Eliza and Higgins, ever since I saw the 1964 movie My Fair Lady. Author D.E. Ireland has lovingly retold and expanded upon their story in her four books. She has included secondary characters from the movie, and created additional secondary characters for this series. All of the characters are realistic, believable, and well written.

I could have read all night, and still have begged for more. With a Little Bit of Blood is a delicious mystery, set mostly during a week-long country house party in 1913 England. There are several likely suspects for the murder that occurs, and I was surprised by whodunit. I didn't want to put the book down, and so kept  on reading. 

The ending, a conversation between Eliza and Higgins, is very cozy and made me smile; I loved it. On the other hand, I was sad that my adventures with Eliza and the Professor were over, for now anyway. I've grown accustomed to reading about these two sleuths, and I look forward to more books in the series.

With a Little Bit of Blood is simply loverly. Fans of cozy mysteries and historical mysteries will adore it. With a Little Bit of Blood will especially appeal to fans of the High Society Lady Detective Mystery series, the Evangeline Adams Mystery series, and the Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery series. 

I absolutely love With a Little Bit of Blood by D.E. Ireland, and grant it the highest ranking of Five Kitties! 

Five out of five kitties
Note: I received a complimentary copy of With a Little Bit of Blood,
and voluntarily reviewed it. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

The Author

About D.E. Ireland

Sharon Pisacreta
D.E. Ireland is the pseudonym of long time friends and award-winning authors, Sharon Pisacreta and Meg Mims. 

In 2013 they decided to collaborate on a unique series based on George Bernard Shaw's witty play Pygmalion, which also inspired the classic musical My Fair Lady. At work on Book Four of their Agatha nominated series, they also pursue separate writing careers. 

Meg Mims
Currently, both of them write cozy mysteries for Kensington under their respective pen names: Sharon Farrow with her Berry Basket series, and Meg Macy with her Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear series. 

The two Michigan authors have patient husbands, brilliant daughters, and share a love of tea, books, and history.

The Giveaway

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