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Fiona Veitch Smith - Author

About the Author

Formerly a journalist, Fiona Veitch Smith is now an author of books for adults and children. She has also written theatre plays and screenplays. 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. For more on the Poppy Denby Investigates series including background material on the 1920s, film reels, period fashion and fabulous jazz recordings visit www.poppydenby.com

Featured books by Fiona Veitch Smith

The Death Beat

The Death Beat

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2017

When London Daily Globe editor Rollo Rolandson has to return to New York for three months he takes his star reporter, Poppy Denby, with him. Poppy is very excited to be working on the world-famous New York Times and looks forward to immersing herself in the arts and entertainment of Manhattan. Instead, she is allocated The Death Beat - journalese for obituaries - and tied to her desk. But our intrepid young reporter has a nose for a story and when a European prince dies in a luxury penthouse apartment she starts to investigate. She follows a sordid trail involving illegal immigrants, forced labour, eugenics, and sexual scandals...and an unexpected ghost from her past. From the speakeasies of Greenwich Village to the sweat shops of the Garment District, Poppy Denby seeks justice for the victims of a shameful crime.

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Other books by Fiona Veitch Smith

The Death Beat

The Death Beat

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 25/07/2019

Poppy Denby is furious with Rollo, who has gambled away his position at the Daily Globe and is being banished to New York. That is, until she discovers he plans to take her with him to work at the New York Times! Poppy can't wait, but her hopes are crushed when she is allocated The Death Beat writing obituaries. But Poppy has a nose for a story, and when a body is found in a luxury penthouse apartment she starts to investigate. She unravels a trail of illegal immigrants, forced labour, sex scandals, and an unexpected ghost from her past. Poppy is determined to help, but can she find the evidence to bring the perpetrators to justice without putting her own life in danger...

The Kill Fee

The Kill Fee

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/07/2019

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 Faberge Egg in the collection is stolen. The egg itself is valuable, but more so are the secrets it contains within - secrets that could threaten major political powers. Suspects are aplenty, including the former keeper of the Faberge Egg, a Russian Princess called 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 and 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?

Joseph And The Fearful Family

Joseph And The Fearful Family

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2018

A delightful re-telling of the popular biblical story of Joseph. Having helped Pharoah make sense of his strange dreams, Joseph is now the second most important person in Egypt. Pharoah puts him charge of making sure everyone has enough food. When famine stirkes, Joseph's long-lost brothers come to ask Joseph for food - but they don't recognise the brother they thought was dead. Will Joseph choose to help them or take his revenge? Hilarious illustrations by Andy Catling featuring scene-stealing cows! Covers issues of concern to contemporary children such as sibling rivalry, helping others and making good choices.

Joseph And The Hidden Cup

Joseph And The Hidden Cup

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2018

A delightful re-telling of the popular biblical story of Joseph. Joseph waits for his brothers to return to Egypt with his younger brother, Benjamin. Will they finally recognise the brother they had left for dead? And will Joseph ever be reconciled with his long-lost family? Hilarious illustrations by Andy Catling featuring scene-stealing cows! Covers issues of concern to contemporary children, including sibling rivalry, revenge and reconciliation.

The Death Beat

The Death Beat

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2017

When London Daily Globe editor Rollo Rolandson has to return to New York for three months he takes his star reporter, Poppy Denby, with him. Poppy is very excited to be working on the world-famous New York Times and looks forward to immersing herself in the arts and entertainment of Manhattan. Instead, she is allocated The Death Beat - journalese for obituaries - and tied to her desk. But our intrepid young reporter has a nose for a story and when a European prince dies in a luxury penthouse apartment she starts to investigate. She follows a sordid trail involving illegal immigrants, forced labour, eugenics, and sexual scandals...and an unexpected ghost from her past. From the speakeasies of Greenwich Village to the sweat shops of the Garment District, Poppy Denby seeks justice for the victims of a shameful crime.

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Joseph And The Dreaming Pharoah

Joseph And The Dreaming Pharoah

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Poor Joseph is still in prison. Meanwhile, Pharoah is having strange dreams featuring scrawny cows gobbling up sleek, handsome cows. Pharoah's butler, recently released from prison, remembers that Joseph helped him understand his dreams. Can Joseph help Pharoah and finally get out of prison?

Joseph And The Forgetful Servant

Joseph And The Forgetful Servant

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

After Mrs Potiphar lied about him, Joseph has been thrown into prison, with only his imaginary cows to keep him company. Soon he's joined by a butler and a baker, who used to work for Pharoah. The butler and the baker have strange dreams. Can Joseph work out what they mean?

Joseph and the Jealous Brothers

Joseph and the Jealous Brothers

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2016

In the second book in the Young Joseph series, Joseph's brothers grow more and more jealous of their favoured brother. They come up with a cunning plan to take Joseph down a peg or two by throwing him in a well to give him a fright. Eventually they sell him to passing slave traders but that's not the end of his story!

Joseph and the Rainbow Robe

Joseph and the Rainbow Robe

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2016

In the first book of the Young Joseph series, we find Joseph living in Canaan with his dad, stepmothers, eleven brothers - and lots of scene-stealing cows! Joseph is his father's favourite, which makes his brothers very cross, especially when he tells them about the dream he has had in which the sun, moon and eleven stars bow down to him. To cheer him up, Joseph's dad gives him a beautiful coat of many colours - a 'rainbow robe' to remind him that God loves everyone - even his brothers.

Joseph and the Lying Lady

Joseph and the Lying Lady

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2016

In the third book in the series, Joseph finds himself in Egypt and is sold to a very important man called Potiphar. Potiphar is very busy and his servants are very lazy - as a result his house is a mess! With the help of his ever-helpful cow companions, Joseph soon takes charge and has things spick-and-span in no time. There's only one problem - and that is Mrs Potiphar, who is jealous of Joseph. What scrapes will Joseph get into next?

David and the Giant

David and the Giant

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2015

When the whole army of Israel is too scared to fight a giant, will young David be any braver? David must draw on his experience of seeing off the Hairy Beast to deal with a far greater foe. In this retelling of the familiar story of David's encounter with Goliath, children are taught that any problem can be overcome if we approach it with courage, self-belief, and faith in God. It is a tale which encourages us to read between the lines of what the Bible tells us about David's early years. The light-hearted and beautifully illustrated pictures will delight parents and children alike, regardless of religious conviction.

David and the Lonely Prince

David and the Lonely Prince

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2015

David is invited to a sleepover at King Saul's palace. But will David and the king's son ever become friends? David and the Lonely Prince shows us that for many children, learning to make friends can be a challenge. It is a tale which encourages us to read between the lines of what the Bible tells us about David's early years. The light-hearted and beautifully illustrated pictures will delight parents and children alike, regardless of religious conviction.

David and the Grumpy King

David and the Grumpy King

Author: Fiona Veitch Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2015

When David agrees to spend a holiday with his best friend Jonathan, he never imagines he will have to run away from a spear-throwing king. In this age-appropriate retelling of the Bible story of when Saul tries to kill David with a spear, children learn about the faithfulness of God, the value of friendship and the need to forgive our enemies. It is a tale which encourages us to read between the lines of what the Bible tells us about David's early years. The light-hearted and beautifully illustrated pictures will delight parents and children alike, regardless of religious conviction.