** BLOG TOUR ** The Kill Fee (Poppy Denby Investigates) by Fiona Veitch Smith

This book is published by Lion Hudson and is available now. My thanks to them for the review copy and inviting me on the blog tour.

The Kindle edition of this book is now available on

As well as the pb edition:

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.

My Thoughts:

This book for me has seen a welcome return of Poppy Denby who works at The Daily Globe. The Kill Fee is another murder mystery set in the 1920's. These books work for me because this a period in history that I am interested in. 

The author is clearly well researched. This time the historical facts centre around the Russian Revolution. The author clearly knows her stuff and this makes the book all the more engaging. These books are actually are like an adventure individually. The mystery side of the story and the historical side of the story. I feel that I have learnt something from reading this story.

Poppy Denby is a character I love, forward thinking and ahead of her time. She makes this story, along with a cast of as equally good characters. Full of mystery and suspense. I found this book to be entertaining and beguiling. 

There was an excellent plot with plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing. This book was like returning to old friends, with a story that is more complex than the cover might make you think.

A thoroughly enjoyable read.

About the Author:

Formerly a journalist, Fiona Veitch Smith is now an author of books for adults and children. Based in Newcastle, she has also written theatre plays, screenplays and been a university lecturer. Her adult mystery series set in the 1920s, Poppy Denby Investigates, is published by Lion Fiction. The first book in the series, The Jazz Files, is a nominee for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Endeavour Historical Dagger award, 2016. The second, The Kill Fee, was published in September 2016.

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Twitter: @fionaveitchsmit

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