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January 16, 2017



Poppy Denby Investigates
Book 2 of 2
Fiona Veitch Smith
The Kill Fee


Poppy Denby, arts and entertainment editor at the Daily Globe, covers an exhibition of Russian art, hosted by White Russian refugees, including members of the surviving exiled Romanov royal family. There is an armed robbery, a guard is shot, and the largest Fabergé egg in the collection is stolen. While the egg itself is valuable, the secrets it contains within are priceless--secrets that could threaten major political powers.
Suspects are aplenty, including the former keeper of the Fabergé egg, a Russian princess named Selena Romanova Yusopova. The interim Bolshevik Russian ambassador, Vasili Safin, inserts himself into the investigation, as he believes the egg--and the other treasures--should all be restored to the Russian people. Poppy, her editor Rollo, press photographer Daniel, and the other staff of the Globe are delighted to be once again in the middle of a sensational story. But, soon the investigation takes a dark turn when another body is found a an employee of the newspaper becomes a suspect...The race is on to find both the key and the egg--can they be found before the killer strikes again?

  • Series: Poppy Denby Investigates (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (November 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782642188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782642183

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.  Her debut novel in the Poppy Denby Investigates eries, The Jazz Files, has been shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association's Endeavour Historical Dagger Award..
For more about Poppy go here.

This is the second book in the POPPY DERBY INVESTIGATES series.   Even though it is t he second book, it can be read as a stand alone.    The book is an easy book to read and keep up with . I liked that the author gives you on the first two pages a map of Central London back in 1920 and shows where each character lives and what is located there.  Then she gives a listing of the characters, and tells about each one.    The author also explains what the importance is about White and Red Russians.

Poppy's world is at the top right now.   She is the Entertainment Editor at The Daily Glob.   While she is researching the Russian Art at the Crystal Palace, things change abruptly.  A guard is injured by a shot.   Then it is discovered that a valuable Faberge Egg, the largest, is gone.   It isn't so much the egg, although it is very important and valuable.   It holds secrets.  Extremely valuable secrets.
As always Poppy delights in being in on this story of the missing egg.   But this wasn't to last long.   Darkness sets in when a murder takes place of someone connected with the exhibition of the egg.   
The suspense is heavy and the author gives you, the reader, lots to  think about.  Who is behind the murder and the missing egg?  Your brain will go on overload trying to figure all this out.  Join Poppy and investigate with her.   You can you know. Just when you have the pieces lined up in perfect order,  you find some are out of place.
I couldn't help but like Poppy.  She took what she wanted and decided on working instead of being at home.     Women back then weren't supposed to be strong and self sufficient but Poppy didn't let that stop her.   She didn't need a man to protect her.
You have to look at Poppy as one strong lady who goes after she wants and usually gets it.   The book isn't just a well written story but has a few history points in it that you may not have known. 
When I finished the book, I was looking for Poppy's next adventure.   I wanted more. I read the first book The Jazz Files and this book follow it's lead. A great, well written, interesting and entertaining read.   Grab both copies and travel with Poppy on her adventures.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Blog Tours and the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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