Cold Morning: An Edna Ferber Mystery (Edna Ferber Mysteries)
Edna Ferber is in Flemington, NJ at the behest of the New York Times to bring a human face to the circus that has been created by the trial of the century, that of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, accused of the kidnapping and murder of the child of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Ferber gets around town, meets the little people, and sees more than a few of the celebrity writers who have been sent to cover the trial. When a waitress from the hotel dining room is found brutally murdered, almost no one seems to notice–except Ferber. She discovers there is a connection between the waitress and the Lindbergh trial–one that could cause a sea change, and only Ferber seems interested in exposing the information.
Author Ed Ifkovic has found a compelling backdrop for his Edna Ferber mystery and clearly has done a great deal of historical research. It’s a bit hard to know where reality drops away and the fiction begins, which makes for a great read. The denouement is a bit contrived and rushed, as if Ifkovic were hitting his page limit and needed to finish up, but otherwise this is a fun and interesting mystery.
Poisoned Pen Press