Downtown Strut: An Edna Ferber Mystery

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A wintry Manhattan, 1927, finds Edna Ferber preparing for “the Ferber season on Broadway.” The bestselling author has two shows opening back to back. On December 27, the musical adaptation of Show Boat by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern. December 28: The Royal Family, her comedy of manners written with George Kaufman—Ethel Barrymore has pondered legal action for the play’s depiction of theatrical royalty like, say, the Barrymores.

Why does Edna miss both opening nights? She has something else on her mind—murder.

Edna has been mentoring some talented, young black writers and actors who are part of the heady milieu of the Roaring Twenties’ Harlem Renaissance—the jazz clubs, the faddish dances, the frenzy—and the lively pulse of Broadway that entices these talented young “Negroes” to push for a downtown strut, for mainstream recognition for Negro voices and talents. Only recently have Negroes been allowed on downtown stages with Whites.

Edna knows poet Langston Hughes, but she’s most intrigued by unknowns. Her housekeeper’s young son, Waters Turpin.  Bella Davenport, a beautiful vamp. Ellie Payne, a jazz singer. Freddy Holder, a rabble-rouser. Lawson Hicks, Bella's handsome boyfriend. Taken by some fiction by the boyishly handsome Roddy Parsons, a charismatic man most recently in the “Negro chorus"""" of Show Boat, she heads to Harlem to take him to lunch, only to discover he’s been stabbed to death in his bed. Who killed this promising young man?

Recognizing her own fatal attraction to brash Jed Harris, the young producer of The Royal Family, a darling of the Broadway set but a notoriously vain and cruel man, Edna includes him in a pool of suspects. Driven by curiosity, anger, and her sense of justice, Edna Ferber sets out to chase down the murderer rather than attend her plays’ opening nights. Edna Ferber, “an equally shrewd but tarter version of Miss Marple.” – Publishers Weekly

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Ed Ifkovic taught literature and creative writing at a community college in Connecticut for over three decades, and now devotes himself to writing fiction. A longtime devotee of mystery novels, he fondly recalls his boyhood discovery of Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason series in a family bookcase, and his immediate obsession with the whodunit world. DOWNTOWN STRUT is the fourth mystery in his Edna Ferber Mystery series for Poisoned Pen Press. Previous books are LONE STAR (2009).  ESCAPE ARTIST (2011), and MAKE BELIEVE (2012).

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""A vivid, atmospheric mystery about 1951 Hollywood. I loved Edna Ferber as a detective investigating a murder behind a film of her classic Show Boat. Add fascinating portraits of Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, and this is a winner.""--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author, review of Make Believe

""A thoroughly charming mystery. Edna Ferber makes a wonderful sleuth... Who would have thought that, of all the real-life characters to have a second life as detectives, Edna Ferber, now largely forgotten as a writer, would emerge as one of the best?""--Booklist starred review of Escape Artist

""Ifkovic is assembling a sort of literary collage, building a picture of Ferber (this fictionalized Ferber, anyway) one piece at a time. Fans of mysteries featuring literary figures as crime-solvers will thoroughly enjoy this series.""—Booklist

""Edna’s motives are heavy-handed but laudable in a series (Make Believe, 2012, etc.) whose latest entry focuses less on mystery than on its characters, even though most of them speak in the same voice.""—Kirkus

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