Review of The Jazz Files by Fiona Veitch Smith

The Jazz Files by Fiona Veitch Smith

Blurb: Introducing Poppy Denby, a young journalist in London during the Roaring Twenties, investigating crime in the highest social circles!

In 1920, twenty-two year old Poppy Denby moves from Northumberland to live with her paraplegic aunt in London. Aunt Dot, a suffragette who was injured in battles with the police in 1910, is a feisty and well-connected lady.

Poppy has always dreamed of being a journalist, and quickly lands a position as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. Then one of the paper’s writers, Bert Isaacs, dies suddenly–and messily. Poppy and her attractive co-worker, photographer Daniel Rokeby begin to wonder if it wasn’t a natural death, but murder.

After she writes a sensational exposé, The Globe’s editor invites her to dig deeper. Poppy starts sifting through the dead man’s files and unearths a major mystery which takes her to France–and into deadly danger.

My rating: 5/5

Review: I absolutely loved this book, so much so that I read it in a day. It is a brilliant read, very well-written and perfectly invokes a sense of the twenties when the war was over and change was in the air. Poppy Denby is a lovely character, although she is wary of upsetting her parents with her new job at the newspaper she jumps in feet first and manages beautifully. There are a few mysteries intertwined in the story, who injured her aunt in 1910, what really happened to Gloria Marconi and is Elizabeth Dorchester actually insane or locked up for other reasons, as well as the main mystery which is did someone kill Bert Isaacs and if so, who and why. Despite the various stories that run throughout the book they do not get confusing in any way which shows the skill of the author is crafting such a well-written book. The descriptions of the characters and the locations are excellent and the use of well-known figures from that time such as Charlie Chaplin and Marie Curie is done in such a way that they fit seamlessly with the story. This is a lovely light and breezy book and my only complaint is that it had to end. I can’t wait for the next one in the series.

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