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The Jazz Files by Fiona Veitch Smith

Poppy Denby is a twenty two year old journalist in London during the Roaring Twenties, investigating crime in the highest social circles.  She moved from Northumberland to live with her paraplegic aunt in London. Her Aunt Dot was injured during battles with police in 1910 for organized protests on women's right to vote. She is a gutsy and well-connected lady.

Poppy has always dreamed of being a journalist.  She is hired for a position as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. One of her coworkers Bert Isaacs, dies suddenly.  Poppy and a photographer Daniel Rokeby begin to wonder if Bert was pushed. His story was going to be the morning lead, but he has not finished writing it. Poppy finds his notes and completes the story, which is a winner.

The Globe's editor, requests that she dig deeper. Poppy starts sifting through the dead man's files and discovers a major mystery which takes her to France and unexpectedly into danger.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1782641750
ISBN-13: 9781782641759
Series: Poppy Denby Investigations

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

It is 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 hacks, Bert Isaacs, dies suddenly and messily. Poppy and photographer Daniel Rokeby (with whom Poppy has an immediate and mutual attraction) begin to wonder if Bert was pushed. His story was going to be the morning lead, but he hasn't finished writing it. Poppy finds his notes and completes the story, which is a sensation.

The Globe's editor, realising her valuable suffragette contacts, 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 abruptly into danger.

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  1. PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    GREAT MYSTERY READ!
    March 18, 2016
    Moonpie
    PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Reading this book was like stepping back into the Roaring Twenties! Twenty-two year old Poppy Denby is a sheltered obedient Methodist pastors daughter. The extent of her work and life experience is working in a charity store and food kitchen. Her wheelchair bound aunt, Dot, has requested Poppy to come and be her paid companion. Dot is quite a flashy, feisty lady. She was an actress and radical suffragette in her youth, and her condition and age has not lessened her passion for the cause.

    Upon arrival Poppy finds that her aunt already has a dear friend and companion of many years. Grace is totally Dots opposite in every way, other than their shared commitment to the womens movement. The whole job offer was a ruse to get Poppy out from under her parents and start a life and career of her own. She is hired at a local newspaper as the editors assistant. Her dream job was to become a journalist. After the death of one of the reporters, Poppy steps into his job. This exposes her to all sorts of danger and wickedness that is out of her experience level and innocence.

    I like the way the author alternates between a mysterious events 7 years ago and Poppys adventures. It adds to the suspense of the story and made me wanted to hurry it along to learn more about what happened!

    Historical fiction is one of my favorites. I have read only one other fiction book about this period. It is a time I did not know a great deal about other than generalities and specific events. Ms. Smith totally changed that! This book was entertaining but it is also packed with details about lifestyle, attitudes, and social issues. I got a fun read and a history lesson too!

    I admired Poppys confidence and enthusiasm despite her sheltered life and being thrust into so many new situations. Bolstered by her aunts belief in her and her youthful zeal, she does not hesitate to face everything head on! The author brought to life the struggle of society to cope with so many changes in all areas. I was amazed at the expectations and roles of women. How strange to think of a time when a woman wanting to vote or have a career was considered almost immoral and unacceptable! All the characters are interesting and well developed. I cant wait to read more of Ms. Smiths books!

    I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are my own.
  2. Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovely beginning to new series
    March 18, 2016
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    The Jazz Files, a delightful historical mystery set in London during the early 1920s, simply sparkles. Fiona Veitch Smith has done a wonderful job blending characters, setting, and plot together in a way that pulls you into the story. The mystery is well-crafted and I enjoyed the historical element as well politics, dress styles, and what the world was like for women at the time. I havent read a lot of fiction set during the Roaring Twenties and wasnt even sure I would even like this era, but I was hooked from the first page. I do want to point out, however, that this is Christian fiction published in England, which is not as conservative as what American readers are used to.

    Poppy, daughter of a Methodist minister in Northumbrian, is an engaging and refreshing new character in the world of amateur detectives, and her job at The Daily Globe in London gives credence to her investigating. The title alone hints at an intriguing story, for in the newspaper world, jazz file is a descriptive term applied to any story that has a whiff of high society scandal but cant yet be proven. Powerful men in the House of Lords, police corruption, a vigilante group within the suffragette movement, and unexplained events going back seven years are woven together in this fascinating story.

    Supporting characters are unusual and likeable, making me want to spend more time in Poppys world. She is a woman of faith and I found it interesting how the question of ethics came into play in the same way that it does today. Whenever the need for deceit and untruth arose in her investigations, Poppy wrestled with how far to go in order to achieve the greater good and there are no easy answers, then or now.

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Jazz Files and look forward to Poppys next case.

    Recommended.

    Thank you to Kregel for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    don't bother
    March 15, 2016
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Poppy Denby has received a letter from her disabled aunt, asking her to come live with her in London as a paid companion. Upon her arrival, Poppy learns that her aunt has no need for a companion, but wrote that letter just to appease Poppys father. Her real motive was to get Poppy to the big city of London to give her the opportunity for a career, which she knows her father would never agree to. She has an interview at a newspaper, gets a job as an editorial assistant and is sent out to confirm some facts on a story after the untimely death of another reporter.

    As Poppy follows up with her sources, she uncovers more and more information relating to her story as well as several other possible supporting stories. However, her questions gain the attention of an unwanted assailant, putting Poppys life in danger. Poppy refuses to give up on her story, continuing to dig deeper and deeper. What she uncovers causes her to wonder if she really knows her aunt.

    I just couldnt believe that her first day on the job Poppy is sent out on a story. She was hired as an editors assistant not a reporter. This young woman from the British countryside with no training then proceeds to interview people, follow up on clues and go undercover to get a story. It just wasnt realistic to me. How would she even know how to begin? Poppy also is seduced by the world somewhat as she lies and breaks the law, going against her upbringing. She learns to drink champagne, dress more provocatively and gets a bit of an attitude. I just couldnt see a nave Methodist ministers daughter acting the way she did during the course of her reporting or doing some of the things she did. There were also two females in the story who are portrayed as having feelings of more than friendship for one another. This is the second book in two weeks from this publisher that has had homosexuality in it, which I dont want to read about. I will not be reading any more books in this series.

  4. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    History, Mystery, High Society Suspense Thriller
    March 15, 2016
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fiona Veitch Smith in her new book, The Jazz Files Book One in the Poppy Denby Investigates series published by Lion Fiction introduces us to Poppy Denby.

    From the back cover: It stands for Jazz Files, said Rollo Its a whiff of high society scandal but cant yet be provenyou never know when a skeleton in the closet might prove useful.

    It is 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 papers hacks, Bert Isaacs, dies suddenly and messily. Poppy and photographer Daniel Rokeby (with whom Poppy has an immediate and mutual attraction) begin to wonder if Bert was pushed. His story was going to be the morning lead, but he hasnt finished writing it. Poppy finds his notes and completes the story, which is a sensation.

    The Globes editor, realizing her valuable suffragette contacts, invites her to dig deeper. Poppy starts sifting through the dead mans files and unearths a major mystery which takes her to Franceand abruptly into danger.

    It is my opinion that any story set in the 1920s is going to be exciting. The seasoned reporter dies mysteriously and Poppy, who is new to journalism, is handed the assignment. Poppy, while chasing down the facts, has to go to France. I think this is a highly complicated murder mystery that involves high society. Poppy is a resourceful woman and gutsy who is determined to bring all the hidden history to light. In addition to the mystery there is the history and combined they will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read them. I believe you are going to enjoy this book and our heroine and that you are not going to want to put it down until you have finished it! It is just that good. I am already looking forward to the next one.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Roaring 20's with a bit of mystery and a cup of tea.
    March 15, 2016
    cjager
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Dear Readers,

    I seem to be on a kick with books set in England. Not sure why, maybe with the audio books I listen to it is because they are read in a lovely English accent. With the print books, I imagine it is just a great way to revisit London. Whichever reason it is, I am really enjoying some great stories. So when Kregel asked if anyone was interested in reading The Jazz Files by Fiona Smith, well of course I volunteered.



    A delightful mixture of Agatha Christie and the old dime novel detectives, Jazz Files was just a fun read. With her quips and fast banter, I really found myself wishing I could meet Poppy. Not only did she really have a lot of spunk, she also did what she needed to get the job done. Set in the years between the wars, London during the roaring 20s is a hoping place, but also one that is starting to move into an new era and the suffragette movement is in full swing.



    Poppy Denby applies for a job at the Daily Globe after she arrives in London to help take care of an elderly aunt. It is only Poppys first day on the job and a senior reporter is killed while investigating a murder from several years earlier. Poppy is asked to finish the story and she soon finds herself in peril. Will she be able to survive as a reporter in the fast pace of London? Will she figure out who wants to keep the murder quiet before they silence her?



    For those who are Downton Abbey fans, this would be an nice way to continue being a part of the 20s in England. It does have a bit more murder and intrigue than Downton did, but it adds to the story. You find yourself following Poppy around hoping to discover the murderer before they discover you. I know that I am looking forward to the next installment of the Poppy Denby Files.



    Happy Reading
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