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The Jazz Files (Poppy Denby Investigates) by [Smith, Fiona Veitch]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Poppy Denby Investigates (2 Book Series)

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"A delightful period romp, neatly sprinkled with the choicest historical detail." -- D.J. Taylor author of Bright Young People
"What a delight to escape into the world of the irrepressible Poppy Denby in this cleverly-plotted debut." -- Ruth Downie author of the Medicus series
"An intriguing mystery, fizzing with energy." --C.F. Dunn author of Mortal Fire

About the Author

Fiona Veitch Smith has worked as a journalist in South Africa and the UK and is now an Associate Lecturer in Journalism at Newcastle University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 930 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction (18 Sept. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0156VSHOI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A slow build-up eventually releases a decent mystery with some really nice touches.

Young Poppy Denby arrives in 1920 London as a wide-eyed, naive girl from the far northern provinces. She is staying with her aunt Dot, a former music hall starlet and militant suffragist. The worlds of the past and present collide in several intersecting story arcs which involve the dastardly Dorchester family - A father and son pairing of privileged, sexist douchebags, guarding a daughter who is virtually imprisoned in an asylum; their mysterious link to the suffragist group known as The Chelsea Six, of whom Aunty Dot was a leading member; and the efforts of a music-hall darling descended from the Marconi family to uncover the Dorchesters' connection to her mother's untimely death seven years previously.

The story interweaves fact and fiction effortlessly, creating a wonderfully evocative 1920s London (and Paris, though not nearly to the same effect)

But the main draw in this story is the character of Poppy Denby herself. She quickly finds her feet in London with the help of new friend Delilah Marconi, and builds on her own Suffragette spirit under the mentoring of her Aunt Dot. Rising from editorial assistant to investigative reporter, she has the help of the aforementioned Delilah, new crush and dashing ex-soldier Daniel Rokeby, and supportive editor Rollo Rollason. Poppy and Rollo were really well-drawn, sympathetic characters, but with Poppy, Fiona Veitch Smith has struck gold. I hope she can keep Poppy going in the same perky, irrepressible vein in future books.

I really enjoyed this breezy mystery, told with a light voice, deft touches and a sense of the period that made for a warm and refreshing read.
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I was thirty pages into this novel when I went back to Amazon and ordered the second book in the series; it's immediately engaging, exciting, pacy, deftly plotted and thoroughly entertaining. The characters are well drawn; I'm looking forward to getting to know them further in the next Poppy Denby adventure. I love the twenties references and have learned much that I didn't know, but most of all, this is a good story. You know when you've got a Good Book and you're looking forward to finding the next opportunity to sit down and read? This is one of those.
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This has to be one of the best books I've read in ages. Within the first couple of pages I was completely drawn in to the story, and it kept me hooked right through to the end. Poppy is a delightfully real heroine, and the mystery had multiple layers that kept me guessing and wanting to know more. The different strands were woven together deftly and with a light hand, switching at just the right moment so that the story was neither interrupted or confusing. The 1920s setting gave the story an exotic feel. The author says she played with the timeline a bit to make some historical events fit, but I don't think that makes any difference to the story. It all comes together beautifully. I'm looking forward to the next book.
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What I loved about this book was that it took me right into the spirit of the age. Well researched, and true to life at the time.
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I couldn't put this book down. The characters were believable and fascinating; I was rooting for the main character throughout and found it refreshing that there were hidden secrets that came out as the story unfolded, which revealed all the 'good' characters weren't as squeaky clean as first appearances made out. The setting for the novel was really interesting too and the author made sure she included many authentic touches, which showed she'd really done her research. She weaved the story masterfully, and I found myself reading faster and faster as I wanted to keep up with the action and find out what happened with the main plot. I'm excited to learn it is the first in a series, and that the second book is already written - can't wait to read it!
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The Jazz Files encapsulates the highs and lows of an era shortly after the First World War.

With the author’s discretion, certain historical facts have been remoulded to fit this story, where we follow the young and ambitious Poppy Denby as she pursues a career in journalism.

Poppy was invited to London to work as a companion to her aunt, an actress and feisty member of the suffragette movement. Her aunt encourages her niece to fight for the employment she desires, after all, it’s what she and her friends campaigned for, and some of them did not survive. But no amount of support and encouragement will prepare her for the danger she is about to face, where blackmail, unsavoury characters, and evil shadow from the past all thrive.

Starting as an office assistant Poppy will meet all manner of larger than life characters, each having their own piece of unique history attached. For starters, there’s her boss, who is an ‘all American editor’ called ‘Rollo’ Rolandson. He gives the bright young gal a chance, when a missing editorial slot needs filling urgently. Having a friend in the arts is a Godsend, as she can get the interview she needs to set her on the right track. Little did she know that journalism could lead to such deadly pursuits! There are such delightful ones too, as a dashing newspaper photographer has a twinkle in his eye for young Poppy. Their relationship inside and outside the paper’s offices is played out wonderfully.

Soon, chases, betrayal and a cloak and dagger rescue are all on the cards. Poppy chips away at information she gains during her employment hoping to discover the truth about her aunt Dot’s accident, which left her confined to a wheelchair. And what really caused the death of her aunt’s friend?
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