Newshound And Bloodhound
The Crystal Crypt by Fiona Veitch Smith is a marvellous historical amateur sleuthing novel. It is the sixth book in the Poppy Denby Investigates series but can be read as a stand-alone. For me, I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces as Poppy Denby once more finds herself investigating a murder.
The novel is set in 1925 when the role of women was decidedly below that of men. Women were seen as second-class citizens, good for making the tea and looking pretty. Within the book there are strong women who are breaking out of this role. The reader meets not only Poppy as a reporter but a WPC and some female academics at Oxford. All are breaking the traditional mold of women.
As well as the women, the reader witnesses the attitudes towards disability and men of colour which horrifies the modern reader. One of my favourite scenes was of Poppy Denby forcefully acquiring a hotel room for her male colleague Ike.
The novel is mainly set within the academia of Oxford. It is very much a closed world that discourages the outsider.
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