Friday, 20 November 2015

The Jazz Files - Fiona Veitch Smith

"Set in 1920, The Jazz Files introduces aspiring journalist Poppy Denby, who arrives in London to look after her ailing Aunt Dot, an infamous suffragette. Dot encourages Poppy to apply for a job at The Daily Globe, but on her first day a senior reporter is killed and Poppy is tasked with finishing his story. It involves the mysterious death of a suffragette seven years earlier, about which some powerful people would prefer that nothing be said...

Through her friend Delilah Marconi, Poppy is introduced to the giddy world of London in the Roaring Twenties, with its flappers, jazz clubs, and romance. Will she make it as an investigative journalist, in this fast-paced new city? And will she be able to unearth the truth before more people die?"

I really enjoyed this quirky little mystery novel - it's something  a little different from the usual crime/mystery/thriller stuff that is popping up lately, and is vaguely reminiscent of a good Agatha Christie.
I loved Poppy Denby - she is feisty without being over the top, throwing herself headfirst into her investigations, and she is very likeable. Fiona Veith Smith really brings the 20's to life in her writing, in particular her scenes written on the theatre scene at the time - and some of her characters are brilliantly despicable (if Alfie Dorchester doesn't make you cringe a little, I don't know who will!) 
If you're looking for something a little bit different, a little bit quirky and with some very large characters I highly recommend The Jazz Files - and the good news is, it seems that Poppy Denby will be out on another adventure very soon!

The Jazz Files is out now and you can get it here:

**My thanks to the publisher for my ARC**

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