Book Review: The Jazz Files

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The Jazz Files
Poppy Denby Investigates 
By Fiona Veitch Smith 

"It stands for Jazz Files," said Rollo. "It's what we call any story that has a whiff of high society scandal but can't yet be proven... you never know when a skeleton in the closet might prove useful."

Set in 1920, The Jazz Files introduces aspiring journalist Poppy Denby, who arrives in London to look after her ailing Aunt Dot, an infamous suffragette. Dot encourages Poppy to apply for a job at The Daily Globe, but on her first day a senior reporter is killed and Poppy is tasked with finishing his story. It involves the mysterious death of a suffragette seven years earlier. Though her friend Delilah Marconi, Poppy is introduced to the giddy world of London in the Roaring Twenties, with its flappers, jazz clubs, and romance. Will she make it as an investigative journalist, in this fast-paced new city? And will she be able to unearth the truth before more people die?

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. She also teaches Creative Writing at Northumbria University. 

Verdict: I love historical fictions so I was immediately interested in reading The Jazz Files. I love that there's a strong female character, Poppy Denby, and that she isn't perfect. Fiona Veitch Smith does an awesome job writing The Jazz Files to be a fun read that is meant to be enjoyed. There's a mystery going on and the 1920's setting is perfect. If you like The Reluctant Detective or Abducted than you'll for sure be interested in The Jazz Files.   

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