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Final Curtain: An Edna Ferber Mystery (An Edna Ferber Mystery #5)

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Who murdered the handsome young actor? And why?
In 1940, against the chilling backdrop of Hitler’s rise and the specter of another world war, Edna Ferber decides to follow an old dream: to act onstage. Starring in The Royal Family, the comedy she wrote with George S. Kaufman, she travels to Maplewood, New Jersey, for a week of summer stock. But her escape from the troubling
Paperback, 250 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mary Mack
Jan 03, 2015 Mary Mack rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-books
Set in Maplewood, NJ in 1940, Final Curtain by Ed Ifkovic is the third in a series that is narrated by playwright Edna Ferber. Edna Ferber was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright. Her work included So Big (1924), Show Boat, Cimarron and Giant. In this book Edna fulfills a life long dream of acting on the stage, with her George S Kaufmann who is usually her producer working as the director of a play, The Royal Family, that they wrote together in 1927.

Evan Street, the young
Aug 03, 2016 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Here we go again. Another book re-imagining the life of a real person. I am not a fan although this mystery featuring famous writer Edna Ferber is gracefully executed.

When Net Galley offered me a review copy, I was tempted because the mystery takes place in Maplewood, New Jersey where Edna has agreed to take part in a professional summer stock production of her play (written with George S. Kaufman) The Royal Family. Edna is a charming amateur sleuth.

Set in 1940, the author adds interesting histo
Jul 05, 2014 Lee rated it it was amazing
I love a good mystery! I discovered a new author I like...very enjoyable reading. It's also good to know that there are more books with this same main character, Edna Ferber. I like the setting of the theater, a lot of fun details about the day and how they did shows. Also, very interesting mystery, which keeps me guessing all the way to the end about who did the murdering. Very good development of characters and their relationships...fascinating group of people. I definitely recommend this ...more
Although she's preoccupied by the war clouds gathering over Europe, famed author Edna Ferber has decided she'll appear in one of her own plays--she's always been a frustrated actress. But she will just do a week in the role in summer stock in Maplewood, NJ, to limit the damage if, indeed, she's a flop. She meets a famous evangelist, Clorinda Roberts Tyler, who has her church and house nearby, all financed by her wealthy husband. When an understudy in the cast is murdered, Clorinda's son Dakota ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Peacejanz rated it liked it
This is apparently the 5th book in the Edna Ferber mystery series. It is a cute idea to use actual literary persons such as Edna Ferber in a novel. The mystery is full, complex and believable. Unfortunately, the author took too many pages to tell the story. It is overwritten, with a strange emphasis on the rise of the Nazi party in Europe, and the coming WW II has nothing to do with the mystery. There were descriptions of meaningless dialogue, an overabundance of name dropping, and just too many ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Got this as a goodreads giveaway book. Wonderful old-style mystery. I pictured Edna Ferber looking a lot like Angela Landsbury in "Murder She Wrote." I really enjoyed the reading and didn't solve the mystery until Edna did. A mix of unusual characters and witty dialog that kept me from putting the book down until the last page. Set in the 1940's the author did a great job of recreating that time frame and making you feel like you were there. I highly recommend it.
Oct 07, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
I've enjoyed all of Ed Ifkovic's Edna Ferber mysteries. And this newest one might just be the best of the series. The voice of Edna is as witty and biting as usual, and I really enjoyed the banter between she and George S. Kaufman. The mystery element almost takes a back seat to Edna's wonderful quips. It's rather sad that a literary figure that was once known the world over, is now largely forgotten. Glad that Mr.Ifkovic has brought her name and legacy out of the shadows.
May 31, 2015 Betty rated it really liked it
Edna Ferber always wanted to try acting so when she got the chance to act in a play she had actually co-authored, she jumped at it. Edna traveled to Maplewood, New Jersey for her debut as an actress and everything's coming together until an understudy is murdered. Now Edna feels compelled to get to the bottom of the case. With thanks to the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, for my copy to read and review.
Mark Meyer
Jul 21, 2014 Mark Meyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A great cozy with some very accurate historical facts. I loved the development and the flow of this book. Easy to get absorbed into the time period and I would definitely read another from the series as well as recommend this author to any mystery fan. I received a free copy of this book via Goodreads First Reads.
Debbie Carnes
Jun 22, 2014 Debbie Carnes rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I love the time period 1940's, the characters and the setting.

This book was a great who done it and I will be reading the rest of Ed Ifkovic's books
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AKA Edward Ifkovic

Ed Ifkovic taught literature and creative writing at a community college in Connecticut for over three decades, and now, retired, devotes himself to writing fiction. His short stories and essays have appeared in such diverse periodicals as the Village Voice, America, Hartford Monthly, and the Journal of Popular Culture. He’s published fiction with small presses, including a novel
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