Escape Artist: An Edna Ferber Mystery

Ed Ifkovic


Escape Artist: An Edna Ferber Mystery

Escape Artist: An Edna Ferber Mystery

  • Title: Escape Artist: An Edna Ferber Mystery
  • Author: Ed Ifkovic
  • ISBN: 9781590588475
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover



In 1904 Edna Ferber is a nineteen year old girl reporter for the Appleton, Wisconsin Crescent, an occupation that many townspeople, including her own family, consider scandalous for a proper young girl By chance, she interviews Harry Houdini, in town visiting old friends Houdini, as Ehrich Weiss, spent his boyhood years in the small town When Frana Lempke, a beautiful yIn 1904 Edna Ferber is a nineteen year old girl reporter for the Appleton, Wisconsin Crescent, an occupation that many townspeople, including her own family, consider scandalous for a proper young girl By chance, she interviews Harry Houdini, 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, Edna asks Houdini for help in solving the murder The unusual crime baffles the local police because Frana mysteriously disappeared from a locked room at the high school Houdini, the celebrated escape artist, 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 It s a troubling summer for her Her homelike is in disorder, though she is dedicated to a blind father Her mother and sister dislike her walking the streets as a reporter Worse, the newsroom has become a hostile environment, with a new city editor determined to undermine her Piecing together the clues, she comes to see that her own life in the small town is unraveling As the future best selling writer starts to solve the crime, she understands that her involvement will impact her life forever In 1904 future best selling writer Edna Ferber, then a nineteen year old fledgling reporter in Appleton, Wisconsin, teams up with famed escape artist Harry Houdini to solve the baffling murder of a beautiful young girl who has mysteriously disappeared from a locked room at the local high school.


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This is a simple historical mystery. A girl goes missing How did she simply disappear from a crowded and well monitored school? (This is 1910 we are talking about here) And even worse, how did she end up dead and who did it? Harry Houdini (back in his hometown) helps Edna figure it out.Edna Ferber, the one and only girl reporter in the Wisconsin town is on the case. I love Edna. She's a realistic, yet strong heroine. She bravely troops around town asking questions, being shunned by much of socie [...]

Book Review: The Escape ArtistIn 1904 Edna Ferber is a nineteen-year-old girl reporter for the Appleton, Wisconsin "Crescent," an occupation that many townspeople, including her own family, consider scandalous for a proper young girl. By chance, she interviews Harry Houdini, 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, Edna asks Houdini f [...]

It is interesting to read about Appleton, Wisconsin in 1904 when Edna Ferber solves the murder of a high school girl with the help of her blind father and Harry Houdini who was Ehrich Weiss when he grew up there. This town and Milwaukee are active characters in the story and vividly portrayed.This is a well written second novel for Mr. Ifkovic although there is little drama or danger apparent in it. Yes, a young woman is murdered, but the menace of that act does not come across in this mostly fr [...]

It's 1904 and a 19-year-old Edna Ferber, who's our first-person narrator, is shocking her one-horse Wisconsin hometown by being simultaneously a female and a reporter on the local rag. Most of the time she's stuck doing reports on social events and gardening shows, but when famed escapologist Harry Houdini, who was born here, comes back to town for a visit, Edna runs into him in the street and, because he likes her on sight, gets an exclusive interview from him.One of the teenagers at the town's [...]

I spent the first part of this book thinking “I’m not the target audience for this”, but I was entertaining enough to keep me going. By the middle of the book it didn’t matter. I was having a good time. Edna Ferber is not your average young lady of 1904. Nor is she so exaggerated a character that you can’t suspend disbelief. She is an interesting growing character that you can get behind and root for her success. Houdini plays a minor roll in the book. He is present and contributes in [...]

It's 1904, and nineteen-year-old Edna Ferber is working as a "girl reporter" for the Appleton Daily Crescent, in the small Wisconsin town of Appleton. She's frustrated by the trivial nature of the stories she gets to report, and indulges her imagination and creativity in making the stories she can report as vivid as possible. While the publisher, aging Civil War veteran Sam Ryan, likes Edna, the new City Room editor, Matthias Boon, does not, and believes that females have no place in the newsroo [...]

The sleuth in this mystery is Edna Ferber during her early years in Appleton Wisconsin before she had started her career as a novelist (Show Boat, So Big, Giant) and become a member of the Algonquin Round Table. You might want to read this mystery in honor of Elizabeth Taylor, whose stunning performance with James Dean in Giant arises out of Ferber’s novel of the same name.Ferber’s novels emphasized independent women who made an impression on the world through character not beauty, and Ifkov [...]

Single sentence summary: The year is 1904 and Edna wants to be a reporter, which isn't seen a very feminine goal for a girl but when finds herself caught up with Harry Houdini and a high school girl has gone missing she might get her lucky break and become a real reporter. I enjoyed this historical mystery. I found the characters engaging and believable. Edna wants more for herself that being a housewife and believes herself to be too plain to attract a man's attention anyway. She runs into Harr [...]

A pretty good mystery novel set in 1904 Wisconsin with real-life character Edna Ferber.Edna is 19 years old, and working at the Crescent as a reporter. She meets many roadblocks from her family for doing so. Many people think it scandalous that a young woman is going around asking people so many questions on her own. There's nothing much to report in Appleton, Wisconsin until a former classmate of Edna's - Frana Lempke - seems to have disappeared. While everyone thinks that she ran off with a ol [...]

Escape Artist by Ed IfkovicPoisoned Pen Press, 2011241 pagesMystery; Historical4/5 starsSource: Received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I wanted to read this mystery because I saw that the sleuth was Edna Ferber, renowned author of Show Boat, Giant, and other American classics and that it featured magician Harry Houdini, who played a role in a Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen.Before the mystery is even revealed, several interesting threads are presented. Edna Ferber is a [...]

This was a nice mystery, clear writing and interesting characters. A senior has gone missing, but no one saw her leave the school. Did she walk through the wall?The addition of Houdini was a plus. He discovers how she got away without being seen. It was not magic.This is Appleton, Wisconsin, small town America, with very strict religious conformity.Edna just does not fit well into this situation, so she is constantly battling with the norms and her need to be what she feels she was destined to b [...]

Just out of high school, Edna Ferber is living with her family in Appleton, WI and working for a local newspaper. Unfortunately, the new city editor doesn't like women or, apparently, Jews. Edna dreams of escaping from her difficult family, but how can she leave the seriously ill father who takes pleasure in her company? When a local girl mysteriously disappears from what seems to be a locked room, it's Edna who thinks of asking Harry Houdini, visiting his home town, how it happened. Despite fam [...]

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.

Not much for murder mysteries usually but thought I'd try one for a change. It was good, just not really my cup of tea. Not a very sophisticated murder mystery. A period piece and I enjoyed that part of it.

A simple mystery story nothing fancy. An easy read.

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

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


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