VIXEN by Jillian Larkin

Jillian Larkin’s VIXEN is the first volume of her series THE FLAPPERS set between 1923 and 1925 in Chicago and later in New York. What is remarkable about this novel is the use of such wonderful flapper slang as “spifflicated,” “jake,” “swooney,” “sheik,” and “sheba.”

This first novel is set in Chicago, as a group of 17-year-old high school seniors skip school to go to speakeasies for a night on the town. Unfortunately, they get embroiled with the mob.

This first novel sets up the problems that wind through the rest of the series. So we learn that rich debutante Gloria Carmody falls for a black musician. That Clara, her cousin, has left a racy past back in New York. And that Lorraine has been accepted by Barnard in New York, conveniently across the street from Columbia, where her heartthrob Marcus is going.

As you can tell from the description, this is not serious stuff, and it is aimed at a young audience. There is nothing here about shell shock, or about the horrors of the Great War. However, if you like your 1920s served lite, this is the book for you. Four stars.

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