The Kill Fee

by Fiona Veitch Smith

Part of the Poppy Denby Investigates Series

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LoveReading View on The Kill Fee

An atmospheric, lively romp through 1920 in this wonderfully blended mix of crime fiction and historical fact. Reporter Poppy, with her nose for intrigue and links to some fascinating people, finds herself in the midst of murder, mayhem and Faberge Eggs. This is the second in the Poppy Denby Invesigates series and just pops with attitude now that Poppy has settled in after her exploits in ‘The Jazz Files’. The list of characters and historical characters, map, and explanation of white and red Russians sets the tale firmly in place. Poppy’s story in 1920’s London, is interspersed with intriguing glimpses back to Russia in 1917, slowly the important background information is revealed alongside the action of the moment. Fiona Veitch Smith admits she has diverted history, just a tad, to make the story flow, and this ensures the tension and energy is maintained throughout. ‘The Kill Fee’, full of the dastardly and dazzling just roars along, it is a thoroughly captivating and entertaining read. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Kill Fee Synopsis

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?

The Kill Fee Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the Poppy Denby Investigates series, The Jazz Files. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Evelyn Barrett - 'The first book in the series, full of ‘daring-do’ and cliff-hangers, and leaving the reader eager for more adventures with a delightful character.'
  • Barbara Goldie - 'A great mix of history, mystery and even a little romance set in the evocative city of London just after the First World War. Fiona Veitch Smith has crafted an excellent novel; the first of which I hope will be a long series.'
  • Lee Mumbray - 'the writing is sharp and witty and the attention to period detail really brings the characters and their surroundings to life.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I adored it! I hope there will be many more books featuring Poppy and the fabulous Dot!'
  • Cath Sell - 'It is 1920 and Poppy Denby is our intrepid investigator in London, fresh from the North. She lives with her suffragette Aunt and decides to become a journalist.....and so the fun begins.'
  • Olivia D'Silva - 'A good old-fashioned mystery thriller!'
  • Sarah Musk - 'An exciting Suffragette murder mystery set after the First World War. Poppy Denby is a tenacious heroine who becomes involved in reporting on a sinister family plot to silence one of their own.'
  • Ruth Paterson - 'The Jazz Files is an interesting and at some points thrilling mystery.  It is the first in a series, Poppy Denby Investigates.  I found it hard to put down and can’t wait to read more.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Feared this would be a ‘fluffy’ lightweight but found it remarkably engaging most notably for capturing many of the social changes of the 1920s.'
  • Linde Merrick - 'What a delightful introduction to a new female detective Fiona has given us in this first mystery of the Poppy Denby series.'
  • Nicola Underwood - 'Brilliant read. Well written, entertaining and addictive.'
  • Siobhan McDowell - 'The heroine of this novel is Poppy Denby and she is a delightful addition to the Sleuthing Set!!'
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A great read, really enjoyable. The book moves along at a pace and is difficult to put down.'

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ISBN: 9781782642183
Publication date: 16/09/2016
Publisher: Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782642183
Publication date: 16th September 2016
Author: Fiona Veitch Smith
Publisher: Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Fiona Veitch Smith

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

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