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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."
on Sep. 14, 2012 :
Fantastic! This book really brings to life Galveston's glamourous past in a way that feels authentic and realistic. The mystery sucks you in immediately and leaves you fretting for the characters until the very end!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2012 :
Flappers,Flasks and Foul Play is a well thought out mystery with twists and turns that will keep the reader wanting to turn the page. It's location Galveston, Texas during the 1920's takes you back in time during prohibition letting the reader imagine what times were like. Jasmine or Jazz as she's called is a curious reporter who works at the Gazette writing stories on high society and fashion. She is always looking for a story with a 'punch', literally. The book takes off right away with suspicion of murder when Jazz witness' a bar brawl and the end result is a man lying on the floor motionless. Have a good read with Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play. The book will have you in suspense all the way through!
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)