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Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The year is , and Manhattan is all the rage. At that time, New York City was the place to be. There are shows to see and people to meet all the time. Miss Edna Ferber, author of books and short stories, is a resident of Manhattan and has just come home from a trip to Philadelphia, where she was present at tryouts for a musical interpretation of her novel Show Boat; which was to open on Broadway in a few weeks. She decides to return to New York and get in a bit of rest and relaxation before opening night.

Upon arrival, she finds her apartment filled with young people who are aspiring writers and friends of her housekeeper's son. Edna has been mentoring some of the young men and women who are part of this movement in her apartment as to writing and acting including her housekeeper's son, Waters Turpin. When she arrives, she finds the dead body of Roddy Parsons, stabbed to death. There are the writers who meet at Edna's apartment, among them Bella Davenport, a beautiful girl, who has eyes for all the boys; Ellie Payne, a jazz singer; Freddy Holder, a trouble maker of the first order; and Lawson Hicks, Bella's boyfriend.

There is also Jed Harris, the young producer of The Royal Family, all of Broadway loves him but, he is a notoriously cruel man. With her housekeeper and son and the help of poet Langston Hughes, Edna sets out to find Roddy's killer. This is a fun read and many will be looking for the previous Edna Ferber mysteries. Edna is a fascinating character, who was never married but, could really write about families. In one of her books Dawn O'Hara the character of an Aunt stated: One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.

Through Waters Turpin, the teenage son of her black housekeeper, Ferber has met several talented black writers and performers who are keys to the Harlem Renaissance; she helps them break the previously white only ceiling. When she finds the corpse of Roddy Parsons, who she got a part in the Show Boat chorus, in his Harlem apartment, Ferber connects the deceased young man with Harris, who denies knowing him or any other of the black artists.

Ferber soon uncovers proof that many of the Negros involved in the Harlem Renaissance detested Harris and Parsons, but not which one's venom led to murder. The whodunit is fun and the look into the Harlem Renaissance and the Ferber Broadway season engaging with tidbits like Show Boat's Negro Chorus breaking a glass ceiling of whites only. Although the relationship between Ferber and Harris becomes confusing as she bounces back and forth between attraction and loathing which seems real but difficult to follow , readers will appreciate this s mystery.


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It was a dynamic time of creativity with Broadway in full swing. The author recreated an atmosphere of time and place for readers; the exciting lifestyles of the rich and famous as well as the struggles of those who were on the outside. It was very much a time when there was a large chasm between those who had and those who did not.

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The author was adept at mixing real people with a cast of characters that intertwined nicely to tell a tale of a time that we had heard about, but probably had not known in such detail. The gritty streets and low rent apartments sharply contrast with the lifestyle of the mentor Edna Ferber of the young people. Downtown Strut provides a wonderful opportunity to read about an unlikely and surprising sleuth from an unexpected viewpoint. This book is highly recommended if you are looking for something new and surprisingly different. One person found this helpful.

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Upon arrival, she finds her apartment filled with young people who are aspiring writers and friends of her housekeeper's son. Edna has been mentoring some of the young men and women who are part of this movement in her apartment as to writing and acting including her housekeeper's son, Waters Turpin. When she arrives, she finds the dead body of Roddy Parsons, stabbed to death.

There are the writers who meet at Edna's apartment, among them Bella Davenport, a beautiful girl, who has eyes for all the boys; Ellie Payne, a jazz singer; Freddy Holder, a trouble maker of the first order; and Lawson Hicks, Bella's boyfriend. There is also Jed Harris, the young producer of The Royal Family, all of Broadway loves him but, he is a notoriously cruel man. With her housekeeper and son and the help of poet Langston Hughes, Edna sets out to find Roddy's killer. This is a fun read and many will be looking for the previous Edna Ferber mysteries.

Edna is a fascinating character, who was never married but, could really write about families. In one of her books Dawn O'Hara the character of an Aunt stated: One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.

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Through Waters Turpin, the teenage son of her black housekeeper, Ferber has met several talented black writers and performers who are keys to the Harlem Renaissance; she helps them break the previously white only ceiling. When she finds the corpse of Roddy Parsons, who she got a part in the Show Boat chorus, in his Harlem apartment, Ferber connects the deceased young man with Harris, who denies knowing him or any other of the black artists.

Ferber soon uncovers proof that many of the Negros involved in the Harlem Renaissance detested Harris and Parsons, but not which one's venom led to murder. The whodunit is fun and the look into the Harlem Renaissance and the Ferber Broadway season engaging with tidbits like Show Boat's Negro Chorus breaking a glass ceiling of whites only. Although the relationship between Ferber and Harris becomes confusing as she bounces back and forth between attraction and loathing which seems real but difficult to follow , readers will appreciate this s mystery.

It was a dynamic time of creativity with Broadway in full swing. The author recreated an atmosphere of time and place for readers; the exciting lifestyles of the rich and famous as well as the struggles of those who were on the outside.

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It was very much a time when there was a large chasm between those who had and those who did not. The author was adept at mixing real people with a cast of characters that intertwined nicely to tell a tale of a time that we had heard about, but probably had not known in such detail. The gritty streets and low rent apartments sharply contrast with the lifestyle of the mentor Edna Ferber of the young people. Downtown Strut provides a wonderful opportunity to read about an unlikely and surprising sleuth from an unexpected viewpoint. This book is highly recommended if you are looking for something new and surprisingly different.

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