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.
The Golden Age Of Sleuthing
The Cairo Brief by Fiona Veitch Smith is a marvelous good old fashioned historical super sleuthing at its best. It is the fourth book in the Poppy Denby Investigates series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The book opens in 1914 Egypt but is mainly set in 1921 London. The atmosphere of the age has been perfectly captured by Fiona Veitch Smith. The heat of Cairo is stifling, in contrast with the winter weather of London. The reader is in for a real cosmopolitan treat.