"(E)ngrossing true crime read set in an era when life, love, womanhood and murder were perceived very differently from current modern life. I was captivated by the detailing of the police work, autopsy scenes, investigation methods, culture of the times, and insight into the secrets and scandals played out in the roaring 20’s Hollywood. I do highly recommend this book. It is well worth the read and I personally would love to see it made into a movie." — Bestsellersworld.com
I"ll be at Louisiana Book Festival the on 29 October in Baton Rouge, LA. Schedule:
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. State Capitol, John J. Hainkel Jr. Room Discussion
Murder Most Foul: True Crime Cases with Tom Aswell, Stanley Nelson, and James Stewart.
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
"Stewart uses… primary sources to bring Mann — and the rapidly changing times in which she lived — alive in a fast-paced, thoughtful true-crime work that contextualizes the dancer’s demise within the sociocultural climate of Prohibition-era America... Fritzie Mann's death carries a haunting resonance." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"(A)n engaging mystery ... What really sets this apart is the historical aspect of the story. What starts as a murder mystery becomes an important look at morals and social values in Jazz Age California amidst Prohibition... fascinating in every facet."
"...thoughtfully composed and straightforward account of this little-known true crime case. Well written, this text is an excellent deep dive into the culture of the age and Stewart reveals the twists and turns of the case with composite literary skill... I highly recommend Stewart’s text for anyone interested in California’s Jazz culture, a little-known true crime case, or a straightforward and compelling narrative."
— True Crime Index