I’m really excited to be part of this blog tour. I read the first book and loved it, you can find my review here, and so I was thrilled when I found out the second Poppy Denby mystery was out. So, read on and find out what I thought of The Kill Fee.
Blurb: “Do you know who that is, Poppy?” asked Delilah.
“I do indeed.”
“So what does it feel like to dance in the arms of an assassin?”
Poppy Denby’s star is on the rise. Now the Arts and Entertainment Editor at The Daily Globe, she covers an exhibition of Russian Art at the Crystal Palace. A shot rings out, leaving a guard injured and an empty pedestal in the place of the largest Faberge Egg in the collection. The Egg itself is valuable, but more so are the secrets it contains within –
secrets that could threaten major political powers. Suspects are aplenty and Poppy is delighted to once again be in the middle of a sensational story.
But soon, the investigation takes a dark turn. Someone connected with the exhibition is murdered and on the list of suspects is an employee of the newspaper. Embroiled in a story that will rock the political world, more is at stake than ever before. Can Poppy see this story through to the end or will the cost be too high?
With the first book in the series (The Jazz Files) having been shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association’s Endeavour Historical Dagger, you can be assured that you are in safe hands when you dive into Poppy’s enigmatic world. Filled with flappers, Jazz clubs and scandal, Poppy’s next adventure will have you ready to abandon everything so you can follow her.
‘The Jazz Files’, Fiona’s first book, is also available as a paperback and e-book.
My Rating: 4.5/5
Review: Writing one good book is hard but writing a sequel that will be equally good is even harder, can the writer manage the same level of curiousity and suspense, will the characters be as interesting second time around? Well, in the case of Poppy Denby the answer is yes, absolutely! Now that we have met Poppy and know what she is like as a character the author is able to continue to explore how conventions of the 1920s affect her and what she thinks of them without needing to go into too much character detail.
However, this is not the main story, that one is reserved for those amazing, gorgeous Faberge eggs that were made in Russia for the royal family. I’ve always loved the colours and details of them and the tragic story of the royal family has always fascinated me so to include them in a crime book is an interesting choice.
As with the first book the historical details are treated with care and respect, they are there to set the story in its time period and it works incredibly well. The story moves between two times, 1920 and a few years earlier. Both times are connected and while the connection is obvious, in that Faberge eggs are relevant to both, the rest of the earlier story is teased out in little snippets as the main story progresses.
The story is brilliantly written, it evokes the time period very well and gives us well rounded characters to follow, question, doubt and worry about. There are quite a few new characters in the story but there is no confusion as to who is who. The story moves at a good pace and then, when things start getting even more interesting the pace picks up and you, as the reader, follow it as if you are right next to Poppy, seeing and hearing what she does and feeling the same emotions and doubts.
As with the first book this is an excellent read, once that will whisk you off on a sedate but fast paced adventure (contradictory I know but that’s how it feels to me). If you loved the first book then this is a must read. If you haven’t read the first book and love historical crime that has good characters and interesting locations I would recommend these, though I’d start with the first one so you get to know the characters properly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Fiona Veitch Smith has worked both as a journalist and university lecturer. Her debut novel in the Poppy Denby Investigates series, The Jazz Files, has been shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association’s Endeavour Historical Dagger Award.
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Many thanks to the author and to Rhoda Hardie at Lion Hudson for letting me have a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.