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Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play Set during Prohibition in s Galveston, FLAPPERS features Jasmine Cross, an ambitious young society reporter, who s caught between two clashing cultures the seedy speakeasy underworld and the snooty social circles she covers in the Galveston Gazette After a big shot banker with a hidden past collapses at the Oasis a speakeasy secretly owned by her black sheep half brother, Sammy Cook Jazz wonders Was it an accident or foul play Soon handsome young Prohibition Agent James Burton raids the Oasis, threatening to shut it down if Sammy doesn t cooperate Suspicious, he pursues Jazz, hoping for information and some romance , but she refuses to rat on SammyAs turf wars escalate between the Downtown and Beach 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 Now available in a revised trade paperback version with a glossary of s slang First in a five book series

About the Author: Ellen Mansoor Collier

Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston based freelance writer and editor whose articles, essays and short stories have been published in a variety of national magazines She s interviewed Suze Orman and Nancy Brinker and several unsung heroines for BIOGRAPHY and FAMILY CIRCLE magazines In the 1990s, she reviewed mysteries for The Houston Chronicle, which was like a crash course in writing novels 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 Between journalism jobs, she managed an antiques shop, leading to a fascination with the 1920s and Art Deco design During college summers, she worked as a reporter for a Houston community newspaper and once served as a cocktail waitress, both jobs providing background experience for her Jazz Age mysteries She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism and was an editor writer on UTmost, the college magazine During her senior year, she served as the president of WICI Women in Communications FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY is the first novel in her Jazz Age series, published in 2012, followed by the sequel, BATHING BEAUTIES, BOOZE AND BULLETS, released in 2013 GOLD DIGGERS, GAMBLERS AND GUNS came out in May 2014, followed by VAMPS, VILLAINS AND VAUDEVILLE in 2015 Collier lives in Houston with her engineer husband and hyperactive Chow Sheperd mutts, and visits Galveston whenever possible 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, and became fascinated by the legends and stories of the 1920s.

10 thoughts on “Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play

  1. bella bella says:

    In Galveston, Texas, lives a young reporter, Jasmine Jazz Cross Jazz s life is caught between the underworld of Galveston and the socialites of the upper classes Her worlds collide when she decides to investigate a murder not only to help Sammy, her half brother, but to prove herself as a journalist.Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play reads just like a 1920s murder mystery with bar fights, gangsters and lots of mayhem and mystery I m fascinated

  2. Audra (Unabridged Chick) Audra (Unabridged Chick) says:

    Now and then, I like a cozy mystery no gore, a bit of drama, a big personality in our heroine, and a plot that doesn t require much but is still fun Collier s new series, set in 1927 Galveston, Texas, hit the spot for me, and is a fluffy, entertaining bit of summertime escapism.Jazz Cross, 21 years old, a flapper, and society reporter for the Galveston Gazette, has aspirations of being a real reporter Her male colleagues think she s just a pr

  3. Brenda A Brenda A says:

    This was such a fun read Normally I m a bit skeptical of the first person point of view, because it s been used so much Especially in YA But this uses first person, and I absolutely loved it, and I can t imagine now that it would have been as entertaining of a read without it The slang and the dialogue between the characters was so entertaining and I loved that I felt like I had just dived right into an old movie I could easily picture the sett

  4. Kimmie Kimmie says:

    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

  5. Amy Metz Amy Metz says:

    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 w

  6. Donna Donna says:

    Jazz Cross,an aspiring reporter in Prohibition era Galveston,refuses to stay within the limits of the society beat Her spunky curiosity and loyalty to her friends lead her into dangerous involvement with bootleggers and the criminal gangs on the island Good thing that handsome Treasury agent is keeping his eye on her This lighthearted mystery, based on the true history of the period, is the perfect read to take with you to Galveston You ll be longing

  7. Bill Bill says:

    Ellen Collier s novel is set in one of my favorite locations, Galveston, Texas, during an era when the town was one of the wildest on the Texas Gulf Coast Spunky society reporter Jasmine Jazz Cross gets involved with murder right off the bat, and her breezy voice carries the narrative along at a bright clip Great period setting and atmosphere Check it out.

  8. Gary Gary says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Fast read, exciting historical details, fun characters, has a real twist ending like a mystery should have.

  9. Regina Regina says:

    What a great read I loved the rich historical detail and the who dunnit vibe so characteristic of film noir Review on the blog soon.

  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    What a blast I loved the characters, from Jazz to Nathan to Agent Burton and Sammy and Amanda and I loved reading this It instantly transported me to the Jazz Age without feeling like an information dump, and I was hooked enough to keep reading as quickly as possible.I am still no better at reviewing things than I was, but I really enjoyed this romp.I can t wait to read the rest of the series

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