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"Boardwalk Empire" meets "Miss Universe" in 1927 Galveston, Texas-the "Sin City of the Southwest." Jasmine ("Jazz") Cross is an ambitious 21-year-old society reporter for the Galveston Gazette who wants to be taken seriously by the good-old-boy staff, but the editors only assign her fluffy puff pieces, like writing profiles of bathing beauties. The last thing Jazz wants to"Boardwalk Empire" meets "Miss Universe" in 1927 Galveston, Texas-the "Sin City of the Southwest." Jasmine ("Jazz") Cross is an ambitious 21-year-old society reporter for the Galveston Gazette who wants to be taken seriously by the good-old-boy staff, but the editors only assign her fluffy puff pieces, like writing profiles of bathing beauties. The last thing Jazz wants to do is compare make-up tips with ditzy dames competing in the Miss Universe contest, known as the "International Pageant of Pulchritude and Bathing Girl Revue." She'd rather help solve the murders of young prostitutes who turn up all over town, but city officials insist on burying the stories during Splash Day festivities. After Jazz gets to know the bathing beauties, she realizes there's a lot more to them than just pretty faces and figures. Jazz becomes suspicious when she finds out the contest is also sponsored by the Maceos, aspiring Beach Gang leaders and co-owners of the Hollywood Dinner Club, where the girls will perform before the parade and pageant. Worse, her half-brother Sammy Cook, owner of the Oasis, a speakeasy on a rival gang's turf, asks her to call in a favor from handsome Prohibition Agent James Burton: He wants Agent Burton to raid the Hollywood Club during the bathing beauties dance routine--or risk revenge from the Downtown Gang leader. Her loyalties torn, Jazz is faced with an impossible task that could compromise both of their jobs and budding romance. Meanwhile, Jazz fends off advances from Colin Ferris, an attractive but dangerous gangster who threatens Sammy as well as Burton. In the end, she must risk it all to save her friends from a violent killer hell-bent on revenge. Inspired by actual events. (Sequel to FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY, the first "Jazz Age Mystery" in the series.)...

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bathing beauties booze and bullets Reviews

  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    2019-04-29 08:22

    I was completely charmed by Jazz Cross in Collier's first book, Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play but was totally taken with this book, the second in her series following the spunky, intrepid flapper-reporter Jazz Cross.Opening in the summer of 1927 in Galveston, Texas -- Sin City of the Southwest! -- the story focuses on Galveston's famed 'International Pageant of Pulchritude and Bathing Girl Revue' (!!) which has turned into the Miss Universe Pageant (to compete with Atlantic City's Miss America Pageant, the city is also hosting the first Miss United States Pageant as well). ('Pulchritude', by the way, means 'beauty', and it might be one of the ugliest words I've ever heard!) Jazz, our 21-year old heroine, is assigned to cover the bathing beauties and pageant girls, and she quickly stumbles onto some shocking gossip. While trying weigh the truth, she discovers prostitutes are being murdered and the city is unwilling to investigate. Obviously, Jazz wants to take this on as well! There are more gangsters, double crossing shenanigans, Treasury Agents, a little romance, corruption, and a lovely ending. As with the first book, Collier combines historical trivia with a cozy mystery beautifully, and I'm falling in love with her 1920s Galveston. This book was slightly more grim than Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play , I thought, but fit with the story's plot and the juxtaposition of the bright cheer of the pageant world with the dark underbelly. Despite this being a 'cozy' kind of mystery, Collier doesn't skirt from the real crimes of the day, either, and her treatment of prostitutes and sex workers wasn't salacious nor tasteless. Jazz is wonderfully empathetic in a way that felt authentic, not modern, which I always appreciate, and she's a lovely heroine to follow. (She passes my I-want-her-to-be-my-friend test!)You can read an excerpt from the first chapter at Collier's website. While reading the first book isn't necessary to enjoy this book, I think starting with Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play is worth it, as Collier continues developing Jazz's friendships and relationships, and it's very satisfying to watch. I ripped through this book in less than two days -- it was the perfect mix of historical detail and zippy plot to keep me happy without taxing my work-frazzled brain -- and I'm eager for the third one! (I'm assuming there will be a third one -- or at least, hoping desperately!)I think readers who like Boardwalk Empire would enjoy this one, with the mix of city politics, 'wholesome' family entertainment, and seedy criminal elements; anyone mad for Gatsby-era settings might want to consider this one, too, as it captures the dangerous allure of glamor, fame, and easy fortune.

    2019-05-20 02:13

    In 1927 Galveston, Texas, it's time for the "International Pageant of Pulchritude and Bathing Girl Revue", and Jasmine "Jazz" Cross would like to be a serious reporter and leave the society pages behind. But for now, she is assigned to cover the beauty pageant and write profiles on the contestants. But everything is not beautiful in Galveston; there seems to be a serial killer leaving the bodies of young prostitutes around town. Jazz finds herself involved, along with her half-brother Sammy and Prohibition Agent Burton, with whom she has the beginnings of a relationship. The pageant is taking place in the middle of a turf war between the two local gangs, so when the gangsters get involved, the bullets start to fly.Inspired by a true story, this is a fascinating look at the age of the flappers and gangsters. Although it is a murder mystery, it is still a light read with fun references to 1920s slang and fashion. 4 stars Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Cozy Mystery book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Rosalee
    2019-05-23 08:06

    Really a 4.5, this is the second in the "Jazz Age" series featuring Jasmine Cross. Set in the 1920s, it will appeal to readers who are interested in the age of prohibition and bootlegging. The potential for foul play and misadventure is ripe and Jasmine gets caught up in it all. Her boring assignment as society reporter is to interview the young women competing in beauty contests - the precursors of Miss America and Miss Universe. Not only are the beach gangs having turf issues, but it looks like prostitutes are being murdered. References made to the suffragette movement and beginning of women's rights vie with the chauvinism of the time. As Jasmine tries to help her half-brother, keep secrets from James, somehow maintain a budding romance, and figure out how to be more involved in the real news, the bodies and twists continue to build. The plot is well-developed and the ending isn't predictable, but makes sense. Jasmine and the other main characters are likeable and their 'voice' is consistent with the time portrayed. I hadn't read the first in the series so it was a little hard to track all the characters - I'd suggest getting your feet wet with Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play.

  • Paula Ratcliffe
    2019-05-09 06:05

    This book is the continuing story of Jazz and her colorful friends, Sammy, Amanda, Nathan and Agent James Burton. Instead of getting her big break in the journalism world Jazz is covering The Bathing Beauties who are in the town for the Miss Universe and Miss USA contests. Of course Jazz is less than thrilled at first, but overtime she learns about The Bathing Beauties which changes her opinion.Sammy has his own issues with someone thinking Sammy is buddied up with Prohibition Agent Burton. Of course he uses Jazz as a messenger of sorts which creates complications with James Burton. Then girls are being found murdered but the coppers are quick to call it suicide and shut the book. Is it really suicide or something more sinister?I can't rave about these books enough they bring you to a different lifetime. Things in some ways more fun hanging out with all sorts of people and spending time out in public and meeting new people. I just love it and can't wait to read the next one in the series which I will be book touring at the end of July.

  • Christoph Fischer
    2019-05-22 05:01

    “Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets (A Jazz Age Mystery #2)” by Ellen Mansoor Collier is probably my favourite of the three books in her series that I have read so far. The scene for this particular mystery novel is a beauty contest in the familiar 1927 Galveston, Texas setting - the "Sin City of the Southwest." Jasmine or "Jazz" Cross once again tries to make a break from her gossip / society reporting and focuses on the death of several women, most likely prostitutes working for one of the two gangs.While being a ‘good friend’ to handsome Prohibition Agent Burton, Jazz is also courted by Collin, a gang member. Like the rest of the series, the exciting and glamorous setting is hugely beneficial for this colourful and enjoyable novel, but it is the great characterisation of a slightly naïve but also clever woman in those days and circles that make the series for me.With all its fun, chemistry, authenticity, plotting and ease in style and slang, this is very recommendable.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-09 03:14

    I absolutely love this series, the first book Flapper Flask and Foul Play was great and Bathing Beauties, Booze and bullets won't let you down either.Bathing Beauties takes place in Galveston Texas. It is the late 1920's and Jazz finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery, someone is killing prostitutes. Join Jazz and some new characters in this exquisite fast paced, page turning book. You will not be disappointed that you did.I am so glad that I found Ellen Mansoor Collier's books She is a superb author. I can't wait for the 3rd book in the series. I would also like to say thank you as I received this book from the author for an honest review.

  • Amy Metz
    2019-04-26 08:13

    I loved the first book in this series, Flappers, Flask and Foul Play, and I loved this second book even more. Ellen Mansoor Collier did a great job of developing interesting and real characters that I've become hooked on. Mystery, intrigue, suspense, romance, and a great setting...this book has it all and is a fantastic read. Jazz is an unflappable flapper (pardon the pun) and a strong heroine. She keeps getting into hot water, but she can handle herself--she's no shrinking violet. Once again it was a pleasure to spend time with Jazz and friends (and enemies). Escape to Galveston! You'll have a blast. I'm looking forward to more books in this series. Write faster, Ms. Collier!

  • Noreen Marcus
    2019-05-16 09:04

    I loved it! Great sequel to the first "Flappers..." book in the series by Collier. These are the further adventures of her intrepid heroine, Jazz, in 1920s Galveston, Texas. Her friends and family are back, plus some new characters, both friendly and not so much. Take this book directly to the beach and you'll be entertained and amused.

  • Kimberlee
    2019-05-11 04:09

  • Rachel Cotterill
    2019-05-21 03:04

    This is fast becoming one of my favourite new series of mysteries. I love the Prohibition setting, and Jazz is a wonderful heroine.

  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    2019-04-28 03:11

    love all the history I am learning about Galveston and the 1920's. The dialogue makes me feel like I am right there in that decade! Thank goodness for the dictionary at the end to let me know what some of the words mean.This book continues where FFF left off with Jazz getting into her usual trouble but still keeping a secret about Sammy, that he is her brother. This time it is the Miss Universe Pageant and this is not the pageants we know today! Like the first book, there are people that are murdered and that mystery must be solved. The author does a pretty good job of intertwining the mystery with the storyline and I don't think you will figure it least I didn't!

  • Steven Malone
    2019-05-14 06:57

    This is a delightful entertainment with a clear rendering of "the Roaring Twenties" and Galveston, TX when wide open "mob rule" gained the town the nickname "The Free State of Galveston."Ms. Collier's prose is vivid and her central characters are well defined and richly human.The only thing that pulled my rating down to a 4 was that she took a little too long getting from the plots complexities to its ending.I'll be looking forward to reading the others in her body of work.

  • RonaldPeter Juliano Sr
    2019-05-01 07:02

    Absolutely brilliant author. A must read. Spellbinding.

  • Regina
    2019-05-04 06:22

    Gah! This was the bees knees! I loved it even more than the first book in the series! Review coming soon on the blog. :-)