24 Aug 2014

Review Tour: “Gold-Diggers, Gamblers And Guns (A Jazz Age Mystery #3)” by Ellen Mansoor Collier

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Earlier this year I introduced Ellen Mansoor Collier  with an interview  and a review post
Today I am introducing her latest book as part of her review blog tour.
“Gold-Diggers, Gamblers And Guns (A Jazz Age Mystery #3)” by Ellen Mansoor Collier is a hugely enjoyable mystery set in Texas during the lively and frivolous prohibition times. The 1920s provide a great potential for a most glamorous and exciting setting and this book has effortlessly sampled all the best parts of it. Jazz is a gossip news reporter, a foxy gal and a fantastic character. She is perfect as the sole narrator of the story; a strong and clever woman who can surprise her opponents but who remains realistic for the attitudes of the times. On a date with prohibition agent James Burton she witnesses a fight between gamblers that gets out of hand. Burton is almost shot which is possibly related to the release of a notorious gang leader from prison. The plot thickens as two murders happen and Jazz has to clear not only James’s name but that of her half-brother, too. The setting is simply marvellous, the characters colourful but not too stereotypical, the mystery is well plotted and overall the book is simply great fun.

About the book:  Gangsters_G_GG

During Prohibition in 1920s Galveston, the Island was called the “Free State of Galveston” due to its lax laws and laissez faire attitude toward gambling, girls and bootlegging. Young society reporter Jasmine (Jazz) Cross longs to cover hard news, but she’s stuck between two clashing cultures: the world of gossip and glamour vs. gangsters and gamblers.

After Downtown Gang leader Johnny Jack Nounes is released from jail, all hell breaks loose: Prohibition Agent James Burton’s life is threatened and he must go into hiding for his own safety. But when he’s framed for murder, he and Jazz must work together to prove his innocence. Johnny Jack blames Jasmine’s half-brother Sammy Cook, owner of the Oasis speakeasy, for his arrest and forces him to work overtime in a variety of dangerous mob jobs as punishment.

When a bookie is murdered, Jazz looks for clues linking the two murders and delves deeper into the underworld of gambling: poker games, slot machines and horse-racing. Meanwhile, Jazz tries to keep both Burton and her brother safe, and alive, while they face off against a common enemy.

Link to my interview with Ellen 


About the author:

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. She lives in Houston with her husband and Chow mutts, and visits Galveston whenever possible.

Buy links: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Diggers-Gamblers-Guns-Jazz-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00KF3TJCM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402924614&sr=8-1&keywords=ellen+mansoor+collier

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gold-diggers-gamblers-and-guns-ellen-mansoor-collier/1119689140?ean=2940045987158


Connect with Ellen:

Website: http://www.flapperfinds.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellen.mansoorcollier?fref=ts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6452242.Ellen_Mansoor_Collier?from_search=true

Amazon (all books): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ellen%20mansoor%20collier&sprefix=ellen+man%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aellen%20mansoor%20collier

Barnes & Noble (all books): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/ellen-mansoor-collier?store=allproducts&keyword=ellen+mansoor+collier



written by
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

6 Responses to “Review Tour: “Gold-Diggers, Gamblers And Guns (A Jazz Age Mystery #3)” by Ellen Mansoor Collier”

  1. Ellen says:

    Thanks so much for the great review! Glad you enjoyed my Jazz Age series–your blog is the tiger’s stripes! Ellen

  2. Amy Metz says:

    Thank you so much for being a part of Ellen’s tour, Christoph! Great post!

  3. Barbara A Martin says:

    Great review. Love the idea of Ellen’s stories. Looks like I’ve found a new author to read.


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