When two weeks pass with no contact from her daughter, Lucille Prado enlists the help of Tin Pan Alley ace private eye, Carney Brogan to find Alice -- a NYC career girl. With a dollar retainer, Carney quickly identifies Alice Prado as Arabella Germaine, the ultimate flapper girl, a beautiful platinum blond who loves a good time and ingratiates herself into all the right circles -- and who has just turned up dead at the city morgue.
As Carney digs further, he finds a whole slew of suspects...
• Sally Blair, the actress and Arabella's roommate
• Victor Cathcourt; the flapper's mentor
• The wealthy Landon siblings, Robert and Regan....and more...
From the Landon's Long Island estate to the dark streets of the Bowery, Carney follows the clues. But after a run-in with mobsters, has to wonder if he can survive long enough to discover who really wanted the gorgeous party girl dead.
About the Author:
Marva Dale is the pen name for author Debra McReynolds. Retired from the public relations field, Debra now spends her free time indulging in her passion for writing. "I used to fill my school notebooks with stories," Debra relates, "and then add artwork to go along with them. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Daley, predicted that I would be a writer one day."
About the Author
A fan of the mystery genre, she enjoys crafting tales with a twist of suspense, a touch of romance, and a bit of humor. Her "Death by the Decade" series features each decade from the twentieth century to the present, beginning with her 1920s novel, Death of a Flapper. In addition, she has also penned the romance/family saga series, Far From Eden: New World, featuring the Traynor family in Colonial America.
Debra and her husband, Dale, make their home in El Paso, Texas, with their two dogs and cat.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Murder and High Society Mix It Up in the ‘20s I enjoy reading mysteries and have enjoyed reading stories set in the 1920s since reading F. Scott Fitzgerald. And so it was easy to pick “Death of a Flapper” by Marva Dale as my next read. The story takes place in the ‘20s and involves a private detective (J.C. Brogan) who is hired to find out what happened to a missing flapper, Arabella Germain (nickname Angel). The investigation takes him other flappers, mobsters, an artist, and a high society crowd that enjoys partying most of all. The author takes us into speakeasies and jazz clubs, introduces us to bootleggers, and weaves an intricate plot of lies, cover-up, violence and romance. Marva Dale, though J.C. Grogan, takes us through a list of suspects who know something about Angel’s disappearance and death and carefully leads the reader to the ultimate revelation of who actually done it. This is such an enjoyable read that I am going to look into other Marva Dale books to put on my future reading list.