Book Review: “The Jazz Files” by Fiona Veitch Smith

March 15, 2016 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Fiona Veitch Smith in her new book, “Jazz Files book coverThe Jazz Files” Book One in the Poppy Denby Investigates series published by Lion Fiction introduces us to Poppy Denby.

From the back cover:   “It stands for Jazz Files,” said Rollo “It’s a whiff of high society scandal but can’t yet be proven…you never know when a skeleton in the closet might prove useful.”

It is 1920. Twenty-two year old Poppy Denby moves from Northumberland to live with her paraplegic aunt in London. Aunt Dot, a suffragette who was injured in battles with the police in 1910, is a feisty and well-connected lady.

Poppy has always dreamed of being a journalist, and quickly lands a position as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. Then one of the paper’s hacks, Bert Isaacs, dies suddenly and messily. Poppy and photographer Daniel Rokeby (with whom Poppy has an immediate and mutual attraction) begin to wonder if Bert was pushed. His story was going to be the morning lead, but he hasn’t finished writing it. Poppy finds his notes and completes the story, which is a sensation.

The Globe’s editor, realizing her valuable suffragette contacts, invites her to dig deeper. Poppy starts sifting through the dead man’s files and unearths a major mystery which takes her to France–and abruptly into danger.

It is my opinion that any story set in the 1920s is going to be exciting. The seasoned reporter dies mysteriously and Poppy, who is new to journalism, is handed the assignment. Poppy, while chasing down the facts, has to go to France. I think this is a highly complicated murder mystery that involves high society. Poppy is a resourceful woman and gutsy who is determined to bring all the hidden history to light. In addition to the mystery there is the history and combined they will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read them. I believe you are going to enjoy this book and our heroine and that you are not going to want to put it down until you have finished it! It is just that good. I am already looking forward to the next one.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   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.”

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