Newcastle author Fiona Veitch Smith, whose debut historical crime novel, The Jazz Files, has been shortlisted for this year’s Crime Writers Association Historical Dagger Award, will be reading from The Jazz Files, and her latest book in the Poppy Denby Investigates series, The Kill Fee. She will also be talking about the challenges of writing historically authentic and entertaining period crime fiction and the compromises authors sometimes face.’
Previously a journalist, dually working the arts and crime beats on a community newspaper in Cape Town, Fiona has most recently lectured in writing for the media at Newcastle University and creative writing at Northumbria. She writes across all media, for adults and children, but says that mystery novels are her true love. Set in the 1920s, the Poppy Denby Investigates series follows a young woman from Morpeth who moves to London to work on a daily newspaper and stumbles into a world of murder, mystery and corruption.
“This first entry in a new series featuring a female journalist in 1920s London is, like its heroine, buoyant and stylish but with a core of steel. Poppy Denby arrives in London from the north of England determined to make it as a journalist and gets her chance when she has to finish a murdered reporter’s investigation into the death of a suffragette. The Roaring Twenties are beautifully evoked.” – the CWA judging panel.
For more on Poppy Denby and her world visit www.poppydenby.com