By Ellen Mansoor Collier / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 268 Pages
This fun book is set in Galveston in the 1920s. Jasmine (Jazz) Cross is a society reporter out on the town with Prohibition Agent James Burton. They don’t get through the evening without someone being thrown out of the establishment and a gun being fired in the parking lot. More havoc ensues and Jasmine juggles her job and her relationships with friends and family while trying to help those she cares about.
The dialogue was charming and not overdone. There was a glossary in the back of the book if you needed any translation. I read mention of a perfume lamp in the book and had to go out to Google what these looked like. Charming.
There was a section of the book where they seemed to keep going here and there to ask questions of folks without really getting anywhere fast. But the characters were nicely done and you cared about what happened to them. I would consider this more of a cozy than a hard-boiled mystery.
About the Author Ellen Mansoor Collier
Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer and editor whose articles, essays and short stories have been published in a variety of national magazines. During college summers, she worked as a reporter (intern) for a Houston community newspaper and as a cocktail waitress, both jobs providing background experience for her Jazz Age mysteries.
A flapper at heart, she’s worked as a magazine editor/writer, and in advertising and public relations (plus endured a hectic semester as a substitute teacher). She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism and served on UTmost, the college magazine, and was active in WICI (Women in Communications), acting as president her senior year.
Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play is her first novel, published in 2012, followed by the sequel, Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets, released in May 2013. Gold Diggers, Gamblers and Guns is the last novel in her Jazz Age Mystery series, published in May, 2014.
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