Ellen Mansoor Collier

Biography

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 DECODAME, 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. During college, she once worked as a cocktail waitress, a short-lived experience. FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY is her first novel, followed by the sequel, BATHING BEAUTIES, BOOZE AND BULLETS, now available.
"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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Books

Gold-Diggers, Gamblers And Guns (A Jazz Age Mystery #3)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,250. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Galveston Gazette society reporter Jazz Cross longs to cover hard news, but she's stuck writing up gossip tidbits. When Fed Agent beau James Burton is framed for murder, they must prove his innocence. Downtown Gang leader Nounes forces her barkeep brother, Sammy Cook, to do his dirty work. After a bookie is murdered, Jazz delves into the gambling underworld. A soft-boiled historical mystery.
Bathing Beauties, Booze And Bullets (A Jazz Age Mystery #2)
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Series: A Jazz Age Mystery, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,480. Language: American English. Published: May 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
It’s 1927 in Galveston, TX—the "Sin City of the Southwest." Jazz Cross, a young society reporter, is assigned to profile bathing beauties competing in the Miss Universe contest, but she’d rather solve the murders of local prostitutes. Worse, she must fend off advances from Colin, a gangster she suspects is involved. Finally she risks it all to save her friends and brother from a ruthless killer.
Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play (A Jazz Age Mystery #1)
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Series: A Jazz Age Mystery, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,910. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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Rival gangs fight over booze and bars during Prohibition in 1920s Galveston: the "Sin City of the Southwest." Jazz Cross, a young society reporter, suspects foul play when a bank VP collapses at her half-brother Sammy's speakeasy. Was it an accident or a mob hit? As turf wars escalate, Sammy is accused of murder and Jazz must risk her life and career to find the killer. Inspired by actual events.

Smashwords book reviews by Ellen Mansoor Collier

  • Me and Brad (Short Story) on Aug. 18, 2012

    A great read that highlights the trials and troubles of military dogs in an entertaining, often humorous way. Maybe more broken dogs will get adopted with this romantic, kind-hearted tale of lost and found.