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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed Ifkovic Narrator: Christine William Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Edna Ferber Mysteries Release Date:
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In 1904, the future bestselling writer Edna Ferber, then a nineteen-year-old fledgling reporter in Wisconsin, teams up with famed escape artist Harry Houdini to solve the baffling murder of a girl who has mysteriously disappeared from a locked room at the local high school.

Edna Ferber is a reporter for the Appleton, Wisconsin, Crescent, an occupation that many townspeople, including her own family, consider scandalous for a proper young girl.

It’s a troubling summer for her. Her home life is in disorder, though she is dedicated to her blind father. Her mother and sister dislike her walking the streets as a reporter. Even the newsroom has become a hostile environment, with a new city editor determined to undermine her. Then she gets to interview the famous escape artist Harry Houdini, who is in town visiting old friends. Houdini, as Ehrich Weiss, spent his boyhood years in the small town.

When Frana Lempke, a beautiful young German high school girl, disappears and is soon discovered murdered, the unusual crime baffles the local police because Frana mysteriously disappeared from a locked room at the high school.

Edna asks Houdini for help in solving the murder. Houdini takes a liking to Edna and agrees to help. But as Edna pursues the story, alienating any number of people, she senses that she is being followed. Piecing together the clues, she comes to see that her own life in the small town is unraveling. As the future bestselling writer starts to solve the crime, she understands that her involvement will impact her life forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This excellent prequel, set in 1904, shows [Edna Ferber] at the start of her career, a recent high school graduate working as a reporter for her hometown newspaper in Appleton, Wisconsin…If Edna’s personality is more astringent than appealing, the smothering details of small-town life justify her determined efforts to show what women can do.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This is a thoroughly charming mystery, and 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)

  • “It’s Edna’s coming-of-age story—she’s a Jewish immigrant’s daughter whose dreams don’t seem to match her girlfriends’ aspirations—that makes the book special…The author does a fine job of writing a sequel to Lone Star, set at the opposite end of Edna’s life. Stylistically, it’s as if we’re in Booth Tarkington country, with a leisurely pace and a society with clearly defined boundaries. A gentle read.”

    Library Journal

  • “The biggest mystery, in fact, is what chapter in Ferber’s eventful life is likely to furnish the basis for the next installment in this offbeat series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marcie | 7/4/2012

    " A beach read. But it got me curious about Edna Ferber. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary Kay | 3/28/2012

    " 1904 - a young Edna Ferber - an appearance by Houdini. Not enough to make this book interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gina | 1/15/2012

    " Although it took me a bit to get "into" this book, I did like it. I probably will not read other books by this author, though. He adds more background details than I think is necessary for the story. However, if you are looking for a book that is a light read, I'd recommend it. "

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About the Author

Ed Ifkovic taught literature and creative writing at a community college in Connecticut for over three decades. He is the author of three mystery novels, and 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.