The Jazz Files

The Jazz Files

by Fiona Veitch Smith


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ISBN-13: 9781782641759
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 11/27/2015
Series: Poppy Denby Investigates Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 622,013
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Professional journalist, regular contributor to Woman Alive and Plain Truth, with good media links to South Africa where she worked for many years. Living in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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The Jazz Files 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was like stepping back into the “Roaring Twenties”! Twenty-two year old Poppy Denby is a sheltered obedient Methodist pastor’s daughter. The extent of her work and life experience is working in a charity store and food kitchen. Her wheelchair bound aunt, Dot, has requested Poppy to come and be her paid companion. Dot is quite a flashy, feisty lady. She was an actress and radical suffragette in her youth, and her condition and age has not lessened her passion for the cause. Upon arrival Poppy finds that her aunt already has a dear friend and companion of many years. Grace is totally Dot’s opposite in every way, other than their shared commitment to the women’s movement. The whole job offer was a ruse to get Poppy out from under her parents and start a life and career of her own. She is hired at a local newspaper as the editor’s assistant. Her dream job was to become a journalist. After the death of one of the reporters, Poppy steps into his job. This exposes her to all sorts of danger and wickedness that is out of her experience level and innocence. I like the way the author alternates between a mysterious events 7 years ago and Poppy’s adventures. It adds to the suspense of the story and made me wanted to hurry it along to learn more about what happened! Historical fiction is one of my favorites. I have read only one other fiction book about this period. It is a time I did not know a great deal about other than generalities and specific events. Ms. Smith totally changed that! This book was entertaining but it is also packed with details about lifestyle, attitudes, and social issues. I got a fun read and a history lesson too! I admired Poppy’s confidence and enthusiasm despite her sheltered life and being thrust into so many new situations. Bolstered by her aunt’s belief in her and her youthful zeal, she does not hesitate to face everything head on! The author brought to life the struggle of society to cope with so many changes in all areas. I was amazed at the expectations and roles of women. How strange to think of a time when a woman wanting to vote or have a career was considered almost immoral and unacceptable! All the characters are interesting and well developed. I can’t wait to read more of Ms. Smith’s books! I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are my own.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
The Jazz Files, a delightful historical mystery set in London during the early 1920s, simply sparkles. Fiona Veitch Smith has done a wonderful job blending characters, setting, and plot together in a way that pulls you into the story. The mystery is well-crafted and I enjoyed the historical element as well – politics, dress styles, and what the world was like for women at the time. I haven’t read a lot of fiction set during the Roaring Twenties and wasn’t even sure I would even like this era, but I was hooked from the first page. I do want to point out, however, that this is Christian fiction published in England, which is not as conservative as what American readers are used to. Poppy, daughter of a Methodist minister in Northumbrian, is an engaging and refreshing new character in the world of amateur detectives, and her job at The Daily Globe in London gives credence to her investigating. The title alone hints at an intriguing story, for in the newspaper world, jazz file is a descriptive term applied to “any story that has a whiff of high society scandal but can’t yet be proven.” Powerful men in the House of Lords, police corruption, a vigilante group within the suffragette movement, and unexplained events going back seven years are woven together in this fascinating story. Supporting characters are unusual and likeable, making me want to spend more time in Poppy’s world. She is a woman of faith and I found it interesting how the question of ethics came into play in the same way that it does today. Whenever the need for deceit and untruth arose in her investigations, Poppy wrestled with how far to go in order to achieve the greater good – and there are no easy answers, then or now. I thoroughly enjoyed The Jazz Files and look forward to Poppy’s next case. Recommended. Thank you to Kregel for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE JAZZ FILES by Fiona Veitch Smith from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review. It is the first book in the Poppy Denby Investigations series. I have mixed feelings about this book. The mystery was interesting. I found myself guessing at people’s true motives and how it would all turn out. I take that to be the sign of a good mystery. I was fully engaged. I also enjoyed the main character’s interactions with her aunt. The story focuses on Poppy Denby who goes to stay with her disabled aunt, but ends up working at a newspaper solving the death of a reporter. On a bit of an aside, I found the homosexuality tones interesting for Christian fiction. I know many of my friends would enjoy reading it. I didn’t love the whole story though. It seemed a little unbelievable that on her first day, Poppy would get a story. She wasn’t even a reporter. Plus, she had no training but was able to interview excellently. Poppy started out as what I will call a proper young woman, and then she becomes much…freer, looser. (I did, however, enjoy reading about her new attitude. It was fun to see her transformation)
VicG More than 1 year ago
Fiona Veitch Smith in her new book, “The Jazz Files” Book One in the Poppy Denby Investigates series published by Lion Fiction introduces us to Poppy Denby. From the back cover: “It stands for Jazz Files,” said Rollo “It’s a whiff of high society scandal but can’t yet be proven…you never know when a skeleton in the closet might prove useful.” It is 1920. Twenty-two year old Poppy Denby moves from Northumberland to live with her paraplegic aunt in London. Aunt Dot, a suffragette who was injured in battles with the police in 1910, is a feisty and well-connected lady. Poppy has always dreamed of being a journalist, and quickly lands a position as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. Then one of the paper’s hacks, Bert Isaacs, dies suddenly and messily. Poppy and photographer Daniel Rokeby (with whom Poppy has an immediate and mutual attraction) begin to wonder if Bert was pushed. His story was going to be the morning lead, but he hasn’t finished writing it. Poppy finds his notes and completes the story, which is a sensation. The Globe’s editor, realizing her valuable suffragette contacts, invites her to dig deeper. Poppy starts sifting through the dead man’s files and unearths a major mystery which takes her to France–and abruptly into danger. It is my opinion that any story set in the 1920s is going to be exciting. The seasoned reporter dies mysteriously and Poppy, who is new to journalism, is handed the assignment. Poppy, while chasing down the facts, has to go to France. I think this is a highly complicated murder mystery that involves high society. Poppy is a resourceful woman and gutsy who is determined to bring all the hidden history to light. In addition to the mystery there is the history and combined they will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read them. I believe you are going to enjoy this book and our heroine and that you are not going to want to put it down until you have finished it! It is just that good. I am already looking forward to the next one. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
DLKamstra More than 1 year ago
Sometimes, it is just hard to start a book. That was the case with The Jazz Files. Maybe it was me, but when I picked it up, it took awhile for the story to take hold. I really wanted to like the book because the synopsis made it sound wonderful. Eventually, I did become a bit more intrigued with the mystery offered, but overall, I wasn’t impressed. One of the first issues I had with the book was all of the characters, with the exception of Poppy felt more like caricatures. There was something about everyone that we came across that seemed to be exagerrated. Aunt Dot’s size, Grace’s willowy figure, Rollo’s shortness… These descriptors felt as identifiable as the character’s name. I was also a bit disappointed at the shallowness of the elements of faith in the book. There are definite mentions, and Poppy herself identifies as Christian, but so often, she recognizes that doing something is wrong and that she’ll deal with the guilt later. Even then, you never see any action. On top of that, there are instances of language and while not graphic, references to affairs and romantic flings going on. Despite all those things though, I did find that The Jazz Files is a book that has a well thought out mystery at it’s core and does a great job of sprinkling in a few things that bring some history to life. Particularly in reference to the early suffrage movement in England and the Jazz Age. But, at the end of the book, I can’t escape my disappointment and for that reason, I’m leaving this one at 3 stars and it’s not one that I feel that I can highly reccommend. **I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This book brings us to a time just after the first World War, and people, or rather woman fighting for some rights, and the men who a really oppose and want women put in there place, at any cost. The main character is Poppy Denby, who has come to stay with her Aunt Dot in London, having led a sheltered life up to now as the daughter of a Methodist minister, what a new life she is about to have. We follow Poppy, and it seems like there is never a dull moment from the time she arrives until the end of the book. We think we know most of the answers, but in reality we do not. We find that there is a lot of evil out there, and Aunt Dot is in a wheelchair because of it. Another friend was murdered, and when an employee of the Globe, where Poppy has just secured her first job, falls to his death, because of her connections through Aunt Dot she is give a special assignment. We get to travel to Paris, and danger follows Poppy, but she does secure more facts, but really wants answers, and to find a way to get Aunt Dot’s friend Elizabeth out of the insane asylum where her dear father has committed her because of her views. With this read we get it all, we tour London, we revisit history, and we travel with a fast pace mystery. We even get to lay in a window washers wagon, along with trains and ships, and a shadow seems to follow, be careful, you never know when you heart will move into your throat. Enjoy! I received this book through Kregel Publishing Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Poppy Denby travels from her home in the North of England to live with her Aunt Dot in London, who has requested her help due to her now being disabled. However on arrival it becomes clear that this was all a ruse to get Poppy from under her parents’ feet, where Dot believes she would never flourish, and out into the big, wide world to follow her dream of being a journalist. It’s not until a senior reporter at ‘The Globe’ newspaper is killed though, that Poppy is given a shot at proving that a woman can be just as good a reporter as a man. Taking on the case that the now deceased reporter was working on, Poppy is thrust into a world of secrets, corruption and betrayal spanning many years. It would seem however that someone doesn’t want the truth to be outed, which ends up putting Poppy’s life in danger, more than once. Can she uncover the truth, and get it reported before she is stopped in her tracks? Every now and then there comes a book which you really connect with. It contains characters that you can fall in love with, and a period of time in history that makes you want to have experienced it first hand. This for me, was one of those books. Poppy Denby is a remarkable woman, living in a period of time that was a “man’s” world. A time, when not many years before, women were doing the unthinkable, and breaking the law to obtain the same rights for women as men have. I loved Poppy right from the start. She oozes confidence and wants to prove to the world that although she may be a woman, she is no push over. With her Aunt Dot and her Aunt’s friend Grace, both former suffragettes, Poppy has all the encouragement and backing that any woman could want. Taking on a case from a senior news reporter who has been killed, especially when the suspicions were that he was murdered to stop him uncovering the truth, was daunting for Poppy, but she was determined to find out the truth, even in the face of adversity. Fiona Veitch Smith has done a wonderful job in researching and showcasing her knowledge of the 1920s. I felt like I had travelled back in time and was standing in the middle of London, taking in the world around me. It was energising to see how people coped without today’s mod-cons. Rollo, the editor in charge of ‘The Globe’ was a fascinating character who brought the humour into the story. He had no qualms with going up against the big dogs and taking on their lawyers, and the police if it got the story out to the people of London and beyond. The relationship between Poppy and photographer Daniel was heart warming. It ebbed and flowed throughout, and I was routing for the two of them to finally be a couple, as they seemed perfectly fitting together. The Jazz Files is a fabulous book that I devoured exceptional quickly. I am now eager to read book two when it is released, as I can’t wait to see what else is install for young Poppy Denby.