Friday, June 20, 2014

Murder and High Society Mix It Up in the '20s

A flapper shows up missing and J.C. Brogan is hired to find out what happened. After finding her dead body, Brogan searches speakeasies, high society, and apartments of other flappers in search of Angel. A mystery set in the Roaring' Twenties.

Review By Emory Daniels

I enjoy reading mysteries and have enjoyed reading stories set in the 1920s since reading F. Scott Fitzgerald. And so it was easy to pick "Death of a Flapper" by Marva Dale as my next read.

The story takes place in the '20s and involves a private detective, J.C. Brogan, who is hired to find out what happened to a missing flapper, Arabella Germain (nickname Angel). The investigation takes him other flappers, mobsters, an artist, and a high society crowd that enjoys partying most of all. The author takes us into speakeasies and jazz clubs, introduces us to bootleggers, and weaves an intricate plot of lies, cover-up, violence and romance.

Marva Dale, through J.C. Grogan, takes us through a list of suspects who know something about Angel's disappearance and death and carefully leads the reader to the ultimate revelation of who actually done it. This is such an enjoyable read that I am going to look into other Marva Dale books to put on my future reading list.

"Death of a Flapper" is the work of cross-genre author Debra McReynolds who writes under two pen names depending on what type of fiction she is creating - Marva Dale for her intriguing and adventuresome mysteries and Deborah Merrell for her enticing romance novels.

And so the name Marva Dale will be found as author of the Death by the Decade mystery series that includes her most recent Death of a Flapper. Some of the other popular novels written by McReynolds include Far From Eden: New World Part I of the Traynor Family Saga, The Snow Job, Babykins, Miami Spice, Babes In Arms: The Bomb Girls of Company B, Private Eyes, Naked Pizza, Under Cover Girl, Hot Pursuits, Angie's Kiss and Pleasure Cruise.

Retired from the public relations field, McReynolds now spends her free time indulging in her passion for writing. "I used to fill my school notebooks with stories," Debra relates, "and then add artwork to go along with them. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Daley, predicted that I would be a writer one day." And so she is.

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