Downtown StrutBook - 2013
"Fans of mysteries featuring literary figures as crime-solvers will thoroughly enjoy this series." --Booklist
It's 1927, and "the Ferber season on Broadway" is about to begin. The musical adaptation of Show Boatby Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern opens on December 27, and The Royal Family, her comedy of manners written with George Kaufman, opens the following night. But despite the excitement, author Edna Ferber misses both opening nights. She has something else on her mind--murder.
Edna is fascinated by the Roaring Twenties' Harlem Renaissance. In fact, she has been mentoring some of these talented, young "Negro" writers and actors, among them her housekeeper's son, Waters Turpin, and the handsome, charismatic Roddy Parsons. She heads to Harlem to take Parsons to lunch, only to discover he's been stabbed to death in his bed.
Who would murder Roddy? Suspects include the writers who meet at Edna's apartment and the young producer Jed Harris, a darling of the Broadway set who is a notoriously cruel man. With the help of Waters Turpin, his mother, and poet Langston Hughes, Edna sets off to track down a dangerous killer.