Edward Ifkovic taught literature and creative writing at a community college in Connecticut for over three decades. His short stories and essays have appeared in the "Village Voice, America, Hartford Monthly," and "Journal of Popular Culture." A longtime devotee of mystery novels, he fondly recalls discovering Erle Stanley Gardner's 'Perry Mason' series in a family bookcase.
"This is a thoroughly charming mystery. Edna Ferber makes a wonderful sleuth[, ] and readers will be entranced by her plucky spirit and sharp-witted investigative skills."" --Booklist Starred review for Escape Artist"
Set in 1951, Ifkovic's enjoyable third Edna Ferber mystery (after 2011's Escape Artist) deposits the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer in Hollywood just before the premiere of the movie Show Boat, based on the musical adapted from her 1926 novel of the same name. Edna has come to support musical arranger Max Jeffries, a friend who's been blacklisted as a result of Sen. Joseph McCarthy's witch hunts, and to meet Ava Gardner, who plays mulatto Julie LaVerne in the film and is involved with Frank Sinatra. Five days after Edna's arrival, someone shoots Max dead while he's alone in his bungalow. A prime suspect is an erratic Sinatra, who had a recent fight in a restaurant with Max witnessed by columnist Louella Parsons. A host of Hollywood and Broadway personalities from Hedda Hopper to George S. Kaufman provide period color as a sharp-witted Edna probes for the reason behind Max's murder. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Ifkovic's series jumps ahead to author Edna Ferber's Hollywood days, when her novel Showboat is being filmed and a blacklisted friend is killed. Mix in Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner for an unforgettable read. This is the third entry (after Escape Artist). [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/12.] (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.