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Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play: A Jazz Age Mystery #1 by [Collier, Ellen Mansoor]
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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 moxie, 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. I can't wait to see what Jazz does next. I loved this book! 
--Amy Metz, author of the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series


What a great read! Collier's smart and classy writing style keeps the familiar cadence of a "whodunnit" novel or film noir.With all the moxie of Lois Lane, Jazz Cross is the kind of strong female character you find yourself rooting for. Full of rich historical detail and colorful 1920s slang true to the era, Galveston--the "Ellis Island of the West"--jumps off the pages.

A fun and entertaining mystery drives the plot along, but it was the story world that really won me over. Every aspect--from the cultural climate to the perfume and cosmetic cases--is fully realized and I couldn't have asked for better world-building. It was a special treat to learn so much about Prohibition-era Galveston while having the pleasure of enjoying the story. Hardcore history and mystery lovers alike will fall head over heels for this series, and general readers will be enlightened and entertained.
-Regina Vitola Mader, ME ReadALOT Blog (August 2015)

From the Author

While visiting Chicago, we took a "Mobsters" tour of Al Capone's old haunts and famous hotspots, including the site of the Valentine's Day Massacre and the Green Mill bar. Back in Galveston, we ate at an old speakeasy-turned-bar/diner where we heard tales of local legends and real-life rival gangs, the Beach and Downtown Gangs, who were involved in bootlegging, gambling and prostitution. Even Frank Nitti, Capone's enforcer and right-hand man tried to muscle in on Galveston's vice, but was thrown out of town and never returned.

During Prohibition, Sam and Rose Maceo helped restore Galveston's prosperity and brought tourism and trade to the Island. Considered "gentlemen gangsters" by the locals, the Maceo brothers took over both gangs and ruled Galveston for roughly 25 years, befriending celebrities and politicians alike. Their legend lives on in Galveston almost 100 years later. Though my main characters and plot lines are fictitious, my series attempts to capture the exciting yet dangerous times of the Jazz Age in 1920s Galveston.

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  • File Size: 1285 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: DECO DAME PRESS; 3 edition (July 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QRJ0XM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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