Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play (A Jazz Age Mystery #1)

Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play (A Jazz Age Mystery #1)

by Ellen Mansoor Collier

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"Boardwalk Empire" meets "The Great Gatsby" in this soft-boiled historical mystery, inspired by actual events. Rival gangs fight over booze and bars during Prohibition in 1920s Galveston: the "Sin City of the Southwest."

Jasmine Cross, a 21-year-old society reporter, feels caught between two clashing cultures: the seedy speakeasy underworld and the snooty social circles she covers in the Galveston Gazette. During a night out with her best friend, Jazz witnesses a bar fight at the Oasis--a speakeasy secretly owned by her black-sheep half-brother, Sammy Cook. But when a big-shot banker with a hidden past collapses there and later dies, she suspects foul play. Was it an accident or a mob hit?
Soon handsome young Prohibition Agent James Burton raids the Oasis, threatening to shut it down if Sammy doesn't talk. Suspicious, he pursues Jazz, but despite her mixed feelings she refuses to rat on Sammy. As turf wars escalate between two real-life rival gangs, Sammy is accused of murder. To find the killer, Jazz must risk her life and career, exposing the dark side of Galveston's glittering society.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044699434
Publisher: Ellen Mansoor Collier
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Series: A Jazz Age Mystery , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 671,378
File size: 488 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer whose articles and essays have been published in several national magazines including: FAMILY CIRCLE, MODERN BRIDE, GLAMOUR, BIOGRAPHY, COSMOPOLITAN, COUNTRY ACCENTS, PLAYGIRL, etc. Several of her short stories have appeared in WOMAN'S WORLD. A flapper at heart, she’s the owner of MODERNEMILLIE on Etsy, specializing in Deco to retro vintage items. Formerly she's worked as a magazine editor, and in advertising and public relations. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism and was active in WICI, serving as President her senior year, as well as the campus magazine UTmost. During college, she worked as a cocktail waitress one summer, a short-lived experience. FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY is her first novel, followed by BATHING BEAUTIES, BOOZE AND BULLETS, GOLD DIGGERS, GAMBLERS AND GUNS and VAMPS, VILLAINS AND VAUDEVILLE, inspired by real-life rival gangs, historical events and Galveston landmarks. "When you grow up in Houston, Galveston becomes like a second home. I had no idea this sleepy beach town had such a wild and colorful past until I began doing research, and became fascinated by the legends and stories of the 1920s. Finally I had to stop researching and start writing, trying to imagine a flapper's life in Galveston during Prohibition."

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Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
KimmiesBookshelf More than 1 year ago
Flappers, Flasks, and Foul Play was such a fun read. Filled with murder and mystery, I had hard time setting this book down! I adored all the different characters in this book. I thought Jazz was a great main character, she was really easy to relate to and she also had a wonderful personality. Another character I liked a whole lot was Nathan. I thought he was sweet and charming, and was just a really good friend to Jazz. One of my favorite things about this book was the setting. I loved that it was set in the 1920's in Galveston, Texas. I like reading about places that I have actually been to and I've visited Galveston before. Another thing I really liked about this book was how much detail the author put into everything. I could clearly picture everything she was describing in my mind. I also have to add that I loved the way everyone talked. Overall, I thought this was a wonderful read and I will most certainly be reading this author's next book.
Regina-Reads More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It's a fast and entertaining read that's perfect for those weekends you want to stay in or those summer days when you want to read outside. I loved being immersed in the lingo and atmosphere of 1920s Galveston. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the novels in this fun mystery series.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS It took me a few chapters to like some of the characters, but by the end of the book I really did like them. It was during prohibition and the times were wild. I learned some new things and was shocked by some events are government did. Jasmine Cross is 21 year old society reporter who goes hangs out it a speakeasy. She is familiar with most of the workers there. She wants to be a real reporter but no one takes her seriously. She is around a few crime scenes first so she starts to dig in. The speakeasy is owned by her black-sheep half-brother Sammy Cook. Which is a secret. Prohibition Agent James Burton raids Oasis a few times. He looks like a creep at first. He is interested in getting to know Jasmine. He also wants to know she is at the Oasis a lot and so interested in what happens to Sammy. Sammy Cook owns the Oasis. A speakeasy. He is arrested for murder that happened right in front of the Oasis. He does not want it known that Jasmine is his half-sister to protect her. The setting is Galveston, Texas during prohibition. There are two gangs that are trying to claim territory. Someone is passing bad moonshine around that is causing deaths. This is the first book in the series and the first part of story has a slow set up letting us learn about the characters and what the time was like. After that the story moves along at a good pace. Full of drama, action, crime and letting us see what that time period was like. I was given this ebook to read for purpose of reviewing it and give my honest opinion of the story.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
 I got this book as part of a book tour in July and loved this first book. It opens we meet Jasmine Cross know as Jazz who is a society reporter trying to get her big break in the newspaper industry but in the meantime does society articles. She has a brother named Sammy who runs a speakeasy and when the coppers are around it's a dinner. Early in this book a local banker winds up dead but Jazz thinks something is up with Mr. Andrews. To make matters worse the death happens in Sammy's speakeasy and Jazz finds herself knee deep in mucky waters where bootlegging is happening. We also meet Agent James Burton who seems to fancy the young reporter.  I loved everything about the jazz era, the language they use the clothes they wore and just everything about the time era was great to read it in a book. Definitely a great spin on cozy mysteries I can't wait to read the next one in the series!
Amy_LouAM More than 1 year ago
Clever, authentic, and such a good read! It's hard to write in a time period other than your own, but Ms. Collier does it effortlessly. The dialogue was authentic and the author's attention to detail was so perfect, I felt like I'd stepped into the 1920s. The Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play characters and setting are genuine and intertwined so well into the story, the movie in my head was vivid and real. I loved main character Jazz--a strong, independent woman with a lot of moxy, but all of the characters are well developed and true to life. Even small characters have unique qualities that add to the story. Ms. Collier's description of Galveston makes readers feel they've been there. The combination of authenticity, mystery, and bit of romance make this book a winner. I highly recommend it. And I'm wasting no time in starting the second book in the series. I can't wait to see what Jazz does next. I loved this book!