Nostalgia At Its Finest
The Art Fiasco by Fiona Veitch Smith is a marvellous historical novel and the fifth book in the Poppy Denby Investigates series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading all the books in the series, they are fabulous.
This Poppy Denby series is nostalgic amateur sleuthing of the very best. I find it reminiscent of Agatha Christie and also the television series Death In Paradise as the ending wraps up all loose ends in a perfect summary.
The Art Fiasco is set in Northumberland in 1924 with links to a cold case in 1897. Fiona Veitch Smith has perfectly captured the atmosphere and the landscape as she paints the scene with her words.
The cast of characters are all unique and work well together. The camaraderie and the close bonds are tangible as the characters all play to their strengths.
The Underworld Of New York
The Death Beat by Fiona Veitch Smith is a marvelous cosmopolitan
historical novel set in 1921. It is the third book in the Poppy Denby
Investigates series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Once more the reader is enthralled by the
bravery of Poppy Denby as she goes to great lengths to solve crimes, fighting
the injustices of the day.
Following Your Nose
The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith is a fabulous historical novel
where amateur sleuthing is the order of the day. It is the second book in the
Poppy Denby Investigates but can be read as a stand-alone. It does immediately follow on from book one
with the action being set in 1920.
This book surrounds the Russian revolution of
1917 and the killing of Czar Nicholas and his family. There are spies and
double agents, thieves and murderers, whose worlds collide with that of Poppy
Light-Hearted Amateur Sleuthing
The Jazz Files by Fiona Veitch Smith is a
marvellous historical novel and the first book in the Poppy Denby Investigates
series. It is set in 1920 as Britain is recovering from WWI and then a flu epidemic.
The 1920’s promises to be a glorious new decade but for some there are old
crimes to solve.
With her heart set on being a reporter, Poppy
Denby seems to just fall into amateur sleuthing. Her reporter’s nose spots when
things are not quite right. She sets her sights on righting the wrongs of the
past. The Jazz Files is very
reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.
The theme of the story surrounds the
suffragettes. They were treated abominably and still seem to be being pursued.
Historical details merge with fiction to produce a cracking story.