We are chuffed to be taking part in the Gold Diggers, Gamblers and Guns tour today. Check out all the details on the book and read our review:
Author: Ellen Mansoor Collier
Book Title: Gold Diggers, Gamblers and Guns
Category: mystery, 268 pages
Publisher: DecoDame Press
Published: May 18, 2014
Content Rating: PG*
What they say:
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.
What we say – review by Charlotte Foreman:
I loved this. Quite simply, it’s a lady’s version of the popular T.V show Broadwalk Empire.
The book is full of mobsters, shady deals and dirty policemen, and you never fully know who’s trustworthy. Jazz is feisty as the protagnonist, she’s fearless and doesn’t give a jot what the chauvinistic men around her think; she’s proving Agent James Burton was framed and that’s that. She’s great!
In all honesty, I don’t know a whole lot about the Prohibition era but the author really seems to know her stuff, gently weaving in details without overwhelming or confusing an uninformed reader. The characters all have plenty of ‘moxy’ and are well thought out and likeable. There’s a constant sense of mystery that keeps you turning the pages, with a pace that’s spot on.
This isn’t my normal read but I fully welcomed the drastic changed and really enjoyed the entire book.
Now, where’s my glass of wine . . .