"American's Got Talent" meets vaudeville in this soft-boiled mystery set in 1920s Galveston. Young society reporter Jazz Cross is in for a surprise when she attends a traveling vaudeville show with her beau, Prohibition Agent James Burton, and discovers that an old flame acts in the production. That night, they find a stabbing victim behind the Oasis — her half-brother Sam"American's Got Talent" meets vaudeville in this soft-boiled mystery set in 1920s Galveston. Young society reporter Jazz Cross is in for a surprise when she attends a traveling vaudeville show with her beau, Prohibition Agent James Burton, and discovers that an old flame acts in the production. That night, they find a stabbing victim behind the Oasis — her half-brother Sammy’s speakeasy — who’s identified as an actor in the troupe. When the victim disappears and later turns up dead, Jazz must help prove that Sammy wasn’t the killer. Meanwhile jewel thieves are turning up all over town, stealing precious gems from the society set. After a second vaudeville actor is found dead, Jazz discovers that the events behind the scenes are much more interesting than the outdated acts onstage. To make matters worse, Sammy’s old nemesis demands that he settles a score and forces him into yet another illegal scheme. Can Jazz help solve the murders and prove her brother’s innocence—so he can escape the Downtown Gang for good? A historical Jazz Age mystery inspired by real-life Galveston gangs and local landmarks....
|Title||:||Vamps, Villains and Vaudeville|
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Vamps, Villains and Vaudeville Reviews
I loved this series and would like to see more. Jasmine Cross is a gutsy flapper who knows what she wants and that is to be a reporter like Nelly Bly. She also will do anything to protect her half-brother, Sammy. Her budding romance with Agent James Burton is a part of something, Jazz just hasn't got a handle on yet but it is coming. This series takes a look at what life was like doing the Prohibition Era when the speakeasies sold bootleg liquor and how the gangs tried to muscle in on each others territories. If you enjoy reading about this era this series is for you.
Jazz Cross is a society reporter with Pulitzer dreams working for the Galveston Gazette. She seems to have a knack for landing in the middle of mysteries. As this story starts out her job is to review the new vaudeville act that just came into town. Little does she know that an ex-boyfriend is part of the troop or that what is going on backstage is far more interesting than the show itself.She and her current boyfriend, federal agent James Burton, are called to deal with a murder at her brother’s speakeasy club only to find out the man isn’t dead. However, before they can question him at the hospital the next day they discover he has disappeared only to turn up later at the same club, this time very much dead. It is soon revealed that he has ties to the Vaudeville troop and not long after, the death of a second person involved with the show adds to the deepening mystery. Meanwhile Jazz and Burton have discovered a possible jewel theft ring involving members of the troop that has landed Jazz’s brother in some serious hot water with the local gangs that already want him dead.I don’t often review to a soundtrack, however this review called for an old favorite to be dusted off, several actually. When I was in high school I was in a Madrigal group which officially speaking specializes in music from the Renaissance, however our music director had a serious thing for jazz and the music mentioned throughout this book set me off down memory lane.This was, for me, the first book in this series that I have read. Though there is obviously a history with the characters, it is a fine stand alone story that encourages, but doesn’t require further reading to keep up.This particular era in American history, although quite brutal, lends itself beautifully to the cozy mystery genre with its fierce heroines and brave and brash heroes. Ms. Collier’s exquisite attention to details such as speech and clothing, just added to the enjoyment of a well written story. I appreciated the inclusion of a glossary of terms from the era and the information from the preface. Both provided a solid base for the story.This was the golden era of feminism. Newly independent women were venturing into male dominated arenas sparking an over-reaction of condescension and sexism on the part of men not quite sure how deal with the changing world. There is always the tendency to make male characters in this time a cliche of stupid lugs, especially when dealing with journalists or law enforcement, but I have to say that in this story the author managed a fine balance. Jasmine is feisty and independent, but not crass or aggressive and the men she deals with earn an eye roll, but aren’t over the top. It was great to see she quite is capable of getting herself into and out of trouble, but isn’t afraid to allow her men to rescue her as need be.I also adored how the seemingly straightforward story line was anything but simple. Jazz, in trying to help, makes things worse and then when that seems like it will be too much to overcome, the story twists again. Even her simple investigation to find Derek has unseen complications. All in all it was an enjoyable single sitting read, with a cast of characters I would like to spend more time with.5 starsI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is the fourth book in the Jazz Age Mystery this book follows Jazz as she is still reporting for the Gazette. In this book a vaudeville show is appearing in Galveston. Jazz thinks that one of the performers sees her. Who is he and what does he want with her? After the vaudeville show Jazz gets called to the Oasis as Dino and the other guys have found something and need her assistance with Sammy stuck in Houston. Jazz takes along her beau Prohibition Agent James Burton with her. When they arrive Dino takes the out the speakeasy to the alley where they find a man face down, bleeding from being stabbed. Burton and Jazz escort the man to the hospital for help but it seems the hospital can't even keep track of the man without loosing him. Who was this John Doe and what did he do to get stabbed? Make matters worse the John Doe winds up dead and again in back of Jazz's brother Sammy's speakeasy! Who killed this guy and why?Seems the coppers are hot on the trail of a fall guy they are adamant committed the crime Jazz's ex-beau Derek whose the understudy for the victim. Jazz is determined to find the real murderer before she winds up bumped off. While that is going on Sammy is still trying to get out from under The Downtown Gang's hold on the Oasis and Sammy himself. Will Sammy ever be able to escape them? Then there is the Prohibition which is all but dead, even Agent Burton doesn't believe in it and it's his job. What will happen when Prohibition is over for Agent Burton? I love this series and going back to the Jazz era and Prohibition. So interesting to learn about what these people are going through and the deals they make to survive. Just such a different world then the one we are in now, even with their mobsters it seemed simpler in a way. I love how Jazz doesn't back down even when she is dealing with tough situations, and her incredible loyalty. She's loyal to her friends, her family, the men in her life, even loyal as a journalist.If you haven't read the jazz age mysteries you are so missing out on so much. I have been reading these since the beginning and will read them until the last word is written and then go back and re-read them when I need to go back to Galveston Texas. Where the excitement is around every turn! Thank you so much to Ms. Collier for loving the jazz age and Galveston, and giving us this series. Keeping Jazz, Sammy and everyone around for us to follow. Can't wait to see what she writes next! Definitely a must have!!
Jasmine Cross is back in all her feisty independence in this fourth book in the Jazz Age mystery series. Once again, Ellen Mansoor Collier does a great job of putting us in the Roaring 20's, where we experience Vaudeville, Prohibition, fashion, and Galveston. Jazz is such a fun character, and this time an old beau is in the picture. Her natural curiosity has her snooping around more murders, trying to uncover the truth and clear her friends and family from any wrongdoing. If you're ever accused of murder, you want Jazz on your side! You'll find mystery, intrigue, and a lot of fun in this book. Even though you could read this as a standalone, I recommend reading this series in order.