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Chicago had Al Capone and Frank Nitti. Galveston had Beach Gang leaders Ollie Quinn and the Maceos vs. rival Downtown Gang leader Johnny Jack Nounes. In this soft-boiled 1920s mystery inspired by actual events, 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 a Chicago had Al Capone and Frank Nitti. Galveston had Beach Gang leaders Ollie Quinn and the Maceos vs. rival Downtown Gang leader Johnny Jack Nounes. In this soft-boiled 1920s mystery inspired by actual events, 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 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. Then the Downtown Gang frames Burton for a bar owner's death, and he and Jazz work together to prove his innocence. Johnny Jack blames her 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 each other, as well as a common enemy.


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Chicago had Al Capone and Frank Nitti. Galveston had Beach Gang leaders Ollie Quinn and the Maceos vs. rival Downtown Gang leader Johnny Jack Nounes. In this soft-boiled 1920s mystery inspired by actual events, 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 a Chicago had Al Capone and Frank Nitti. Galveston had Beach Gang leaders Ollie Quinn and the Maceos vs. rival Downtown Gang leader Johnny Jack Nounes. In this soft-boiled 1920s mystery inspired by actual events, 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 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. Then the Downtown Gang frames Burton for a bar owner's death, and he and Jazz work together to prove his innocence. Johnny Jack blames her 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 each other, as well as a common enemy.

47 review for Gold Diggers, Gamblers and Guns

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Ellen Mansoor Collier, if you’re reading this, please never stop writing these. I don’t know what I’d do!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christoph Fischer

    “Gold-Diggers, Gamblers And Guns (A Jazz Age Mystery #3)” by Ellen Mansoor Collier is a hugely enjoyable mystery set in Texas during the lively and frivolous prohibition times. The 1920s provide a great potential for a most glamorous and exciting setting and this book has effortlessly sampled all the best parts of it. Jazz is a gossip news reporter, a foxy gal and a fantastic character. She is perfect as the sole narrator of the story; a strong and clever woman who can surprise her opponents but “Gold-Diggers, Gamblers And Guns (A Jazz Age Mystery #3)” by Ellen Mansoor Collier is a hugely enjoyable mystery set in Texas during the lively and frivolous prohibition times. The 1920s provide a great potential for a most glamorous and exciting setting and this book has effortlessly sampled all the best parts of it. Jazz is a gossip news reporter, a foxy gal and a fantastic character. She is perfect as the sole narrator of the story; a strong and clever woman who can surprise her opponents but who remains realistic for the attitudes of the times. On a date with prohibition agent James Burton she witnesses a fight between gamblers that gets out of hand. Burton is almost shot which is possibly related to the release of a notorious gang leader from prison. The plot thickens as two murders happen and Jazz has to clear not only James’s name but that of her half-brother, too. The setting is simply marvellous, the characters colourful but not too stereotypical, the mystery is well plotted and overall the book is simply great fun.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Pacheco

    A great story and murder mystery set in Prohibition Galveston. Really solid and interesting! Full review at The Reading Cafe on 08/29.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Haskell Morris

    So far I suppose this could be my favorite one. Jazz is working really hard on her romance with Agent Burton. Who knows. I won't tell. More excitement, more thrill, more romance? Read it and find out. I like it when it mentions places that still exist today. Places I know, places I've seen, visited. The beach. Eibands, where my mom used to buy my sisters school clothes. All the streets where I have been and still go. The seawall. Jazz is still getting into trouble. She just might become a full f So far I suppose this could be my favorite one. Jazz is working really hard on her romance with Agent Burton. Who knows. I won't tell. More excitement, more thrill, more romance? Read it and find out. I like it when it mentions places that still exist today. Places I know, places I've seen, visited. The beach. Eibands, where my mom used to buy my sisters school clothes. All the streets where I have been and still go. The seawall. Jazz is still getting into trouble. She just might become a full fledged crime reporter one day. This on will be hard to beat, but I just bet Ellen Mansoor Collier will just keep on delivering. OK, I am ready for the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula Ratcliffe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book picks up not long after Bathing Beauties leaves off. Jazz and James Burton are at the Hollywood Club enjoying a night out together when someone takes a pot-shot at the young Prohibition Agent. Then of course the next day is another murder which some Jazz cares about is on the line for. It's up to Jazz and her band of mates to figure out who had the juice to ice a bar owner? And what is with these odd coins that keep showing up through the book? Will Jazz rescue her man in time or is he This book picks up not long after Bathing Beauties leaves off. Jazz and James Burton are at the Hollywood Club enjoying a night out together when someone takes a pot-shot at the young Prohibition Agent. Then of course the next day is another murder which some Jazz cares about is on the line for. It's up to Jazz and her band of mates to figure out who had the juice to ice a bar owner? And what is with these odd coins that keep showing up through the book? Will Jazz rescue her man in time or is he about to be on the hook for murder? I love this series so much fun going back to Prohibition era and seeing her friends as they go off to solve another murder. I can only imagine the amount of crime and murder in this time in history, probably enough to fill a big book series like Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries. I definitely find myself missing these characters as soon as the books end. In some ways it makes me want to watch Boardwalk Empire or some other era inspired book or movie. I just love the colorful characters who have so much personality. The colorfulness of the characters is that on one hand we have Jazz's aunt who is against alot of what Jazz does in the earlier books, in this one she stretches the line in regards to James Burton the prohibition agent, and when she dealing with a cop she fancies she strikes me as a young teenager who shows a more fun side. All Jazz's friends and acquaintances add something in this book each in their own way help Jazz solve the big crime, and help her nail the murder to the wall. Jazz in these series shows us how she is dedicated to being a hard journalist and not just a society writer. Time and again she goes to crime scenes and tries to find out who is killing various people and what they hope to gain with it. It is unlike most cozy mysteries where the character kind of gets thrown into the murder by being a suspect. In these books Jazz is trying to solve the crime so that her bosses and other newspaper writers will take her seriously in a world where men still dominate the work place. Definitely a different time in history. Also a time in history there aren't many books written about when so many could shed light on that time frame I can only hope others join in with Mrs. Collier and bring this time in history back into the present!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I would give this 4 1/2 stars This is book 3 in the Jazz Age Series and while I liked the first two books, this book really caught my interest. I'm not sure what the difference was between the first two books and this one, but it seemed like it flowed better and at a faster pace. Perhaps now that James Burton is in the hot seat, more so than in previous books. The action also moved at a faster pace, perhaps it was the topic compared to the first two? Either way, this book was a winner in my eyes. I would give this 4 1/2 stars This is book 3 in the Jazz Age Series and while I liked the first two books, this book really caught my interest. I'm not sure what the difference was between the first two books and this one, but it seemed like it flowed better and at a faster pace. Perhaps now that James Burton is in the hot seat, more so than in previous books. The action also moved at a faster pace, perhaps it was the topic compared to the first two? Either way, this book was a winner in my eyes. Of course we still have Jazz meddling where maybe she shouldn't, but at the same time she finds out information that helps Burton, but he is pretty smart too and has things in the works that Jazz doesn't know about. And perhaps in this book Jazz and James will finally become a couple? We can only hope since the attraction is there! And what about Aunt Eva? Will she will be able to retire the "spinster" title? And will Amanda and Sammy still be together? You can find out by reading the book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    BestChickLit.com

    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 stuf 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 . . .

  8. 4 out of 5

    Strawberry

    I'm addicted to the Roaring 20's era, and this third installment in the Jazz Age Mystery series supplies an overabundance of fuel to feed that addiction. In other words, this book is pos-i-lute-ly the cat's meow! Jazz is at her prime this time around, using her wits and sleuthing skills to come to the aid of Sammy and Burton, both of whose lives are at stake. We also get to witness grisly murders and near-murders, a gangster funeral, and Jazz showing her super-girly side. There is also more roma I'm addicted to the Roaring 20's era, and this third installment in the Jazz Age Mystery series supplies an overabundance of fuel to feed that addiction. In other words, this book is pos-i-lute-ly the cat's meow! Jazz is at her prime this time around, using her wits and sleuthing skills to come to the aid of Sammy and Burton, both of whose lives are at stake. We also get to witness grisly murders and near-murders, a gangster funeral, and Jazz showing her super-girly side. There is also more romance, but not enough to detract from the storyline. But it was the climax that kept me on the edge of my seat; the author's descriptions made me feel like I was right alongside Jazz in witnessing a definitive moment of the Prohibition era. I highly suggest you get a wiggle on and read this series!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Noreen Marcus

    This book is so much fun it should be illegal. The third in the series doesn't disappoint, but delights. The author keeps coming up with fascinating historical Galveston locations to weave into her narrative. It helps to read the three Jazz Age Mysteries in order, but you don't have to. You'd miss a developing romance and how far Jazz has come in her budding newspaper career. No one can keep her in the corner--not even her Prohibition agent beau, James Burton. Will he finally learn the secret th This book is so much fun it should be illegal. The third in the series doesn't disappoint, but delights. The author keeps coming up with fascinating historical Galveston locations to weave into her narrative. It helps to read the three Jazz Age Mysteries in order, but you don't have to. You'd miss a developing romance and how far Jazz has come in her budding newspaper career. No one can keep her in the corner--not even her Prohibition agent beau, James Burton. Will he finally learn the secret that stokes his jealousy of a rival who isn't really a rival? Will the bad guys gun him down or frame him? You'll have to call up the book to find out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Giusti

    review to come next week

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kimberlee Gibbs

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns: A Jazz Age Mystery #3 4 STARS This is a wild time during Prohibition when the mobs are gaining power. A lot of policeman were on the take because they liked the money or did not believe in Prohibition. Their were two main gangs who were fighting for power on Galveston Island, TX. In some ways I agree with Prohibition and other ways I don't. I personally don't drink, for religion reasons also my family has a history of abusing it. The characters I like. They seem Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns: A Jazz Age Mystery #3 4 STARS This is a wild time during Prohibition when the mobs are gaining power. A lot of policeman were on the take because they liked the money or did not believe in Prohibition. Their were two main gangs who were fighting for power on Galveston Island, TX. In some ways I agree with Prohibition and other ways I don't. I personally don't drink, for religion reasons also my family has a history of abusing it. The characters I like. They seem real to me. I never knew who to trust and who you could not trust. Jasmine (Jazz) Cross is a young society reporter who wants to do hard news. She is also a half-sister to Sammy Cook, a owner of a speakeasy. She is dating Prohibition Agent James Burton. She is torn between the two sides. Sammy Cook owns Oasis. He tries to stay on both mobs good side. He does not want it known that Jazz is his half sister. They only found out the last couple of years. Downtown Gang leader Johnny Jack Nounes is causing him to run dangerous errands for him. James Burton is the only fed on Galveston Island. The police resent him. Someone wants to kill him. He is also framed for murder. Jazz tries to help Burton and Sammy. Only a few people know why she is always concerned about her friend Sammy. How she always can get into his club the Oasis. Jazz really wants Burton to ask her to the policeman ball. Lots of drama, choosing sides, action, and romance as they try to figure out who is trying to kill Burton and frame him for murder. Which cops he can count on. Who killed other bar owner. Why are their betting chips found at all the crime scenes. It holds your attention. I did not realize how many people had lost their lives on Galveston during the hurricane in the 1900's. I have read two of the three books of the series now and like them both. I was given Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns so I could read and give them honest review and be part of its blog tour. All opinions are mine.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The Jazz Age Mysteries are a fast-paced, funny series about glittering high society in the 1920s, and the seedy underbelly of crime and gangsters. "Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns" is the third outing of plucky young reporter Jasmine Cross, currently a society columnist but with a hankering for being a “real” reporter. Although she may be sort-of dating dishy Prohibition Officer James Burton, Jazz gets reluctantly dragged back into the schemes of Galveston Island’s gangsters and gamblers. When B The Jazz Age Mysteries are a fast-paced, funny series about glittering high society in the 1920s, and the seedy underbelly of crime and gangsters. "Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns" is the third outing of plucky young reporter Jasmine Cross, currently a society columnist but with a hankering for being a “real” reporter. Although she may be sort-of dating dishy Prohibition Officer James Burton, Jazz gets reluctantly dragged back into the schemes of Galveston Island’s gangsters and gamblers. When Burton is framed for a murder he did not commit, Jazz must put her sleuthing skills into use to try and clear his name, before it’s too late. The third instalment in the Jazz Age Mysteries doesn’t disappoint. It has all the glamour and glitz of Boardwalk Empire with a feisty heroine, romance and danger. As with most mysteries, the plot is of paramount importance, and the story of "Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns" is pacy and unpredictable, whilst being very easy to follow. Coupled with smart dialogue and bold characters, it makes this an extremely readable book. Collier has clearly done her period research, and uses the details of 1920s etiquette, music and society to create a vivid picture of the Jazz Age. At times this could overwhelm the story, especially the dialogue, which felt a bit too heavily encrusted with the sayings and expressions of the Roaring Twenties. But this was my only real criticism. Apart from this, "Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns" is a fun, absorbing example of its genre.

  14. 4 out of 5

    LuAnn

    You just know it's about to hit the fan when the city's sole Prohibition agent is out on the town with a society reporter at one of the better speakeasies. Sure enough, they step outside and someone tries to gun down the agent. Maybe the language and the dress has changed since nearly 100 years ago, but the gangs and the drive-by shootings haven't. "Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns" reminded me of the movie "The Sting" in time period. I guess that would make Jazz and James (Agent Burton) the Newma You just know it's about to hit the fan when the city's sole Prohibition agent is out on the town with a society reporter at one of the better speakeasies. Sure enough, they step outside and someone tries to gun down the agent. Maybe the language and the dress has changed since nearly 100 years ago, but the gangs and the drive-by shootings haven't. "Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns" reminded me of the movie "The Sting" in time period. I guess that would make Jazz and James (Agent Burton) the Newman and Redford characters. There were a ton of double-crosses to keep everybody guessing and to ensure that the path of true love would not run smooth. And you know that will continue because Jazz is not a shrinking violet kind of a doll. The book also reminded me of "Guys and Dolls" without the singing and big dance numbers. "Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns" is, in itself, a wonderful romp through another time and another place that you can take right from the comfort of your own home. It is also the third in Ms. Collier's "Jazz Age" series of mysteries, which means I'm going to have to go back and catch up on #'s 1 and 2, because I really like the character of Jazz. She is like the little sister I never had.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Al

    Jasmine (or Jazz for short) is motivated to figure out who was behind the murder of a bar owner, not only to prove her chops as a serious reporter, but because of concerns for her half-brother, Sammy, and her new squeeze, Prohibition Agent Burton. That her budding romance is with someone who works the opposite side of the law from her brother complicates things. This was a fun story, made more so by the setting (I could picture at least a few of the Galveston landmarks in my mind) and the Jazz e Jasmine (or Jazz for short) is motivated to figure out who was behind the murder of a bar owner, not only to prove her chops as a serious reporter, but because of concerns for her half-brother, Sammy, and her new squeeze, Prohibition Agent Burton. That her budding romance is with someone who works the opposite side of the law from her brother complicates things. This was a fun story, made more so by the setting (I could picture at least a few of the Galveston landmarks in my mind) and the Jazz era slang. I found the slang amusing and easy to understand, but if you get hung up on it a section at the back will help you out. Perusing that list after finishing the book I was surprised to discover that, as anyone who’s spent time in Minnesota’s Twin Cities or watched the Mighty Duck movies would think, a Cake-eater isn’t always someone from Edina (a Minneapolis suburb). **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    If you check out my "read" list, you can tell I'm a huge fan of mysteries. I am loving this series and am so glad I found a new author. I also love historical fiction so this series is a double win for me. I like how the author gives you a "key" in the back of the book to explain some of the terminology of the time period. The author's writing is well done- I can visualize the characters and setting as I read. If you check out my "read" list, you can tell I'm a huge fan of mysteries. I am loving this series and am so glad I found a new author. I also love historical fiction so this series is a double win for me. I like how the author gives you a "key" in the back of the book to explain some of the terminology of the time period. The author's writing is well done- I can visualize the characters and setting as I read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

  18. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Hutchland

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Farrell

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Munro

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

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  31. 4 out of 5

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  32. 4 out of 5

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  33. 5 out of 5

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  35. 5 out of 5

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  40. 4 out of 5

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  41. 5 out of 5

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  42. 4 out of 5

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  44. 5 out of 5

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  45. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  46. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  47. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Morseman

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