Poppy Denby moves to London to take care of her aunt, but soon realizes that her aunt wasn’t being honest. It’s the 1920’s and her aunt, a militant suffragette, felt that Poppy would have more of a chance pursuing a career in London. So, Poppy ends up getting an editor’s assistant job with The Daily Globe. However a reporter’s body falls at her feet on her first day. An accident or could it be murder? He had been looking into some past mysteries involving the suffragettes, and with Poppy’s connections she becomes the ideal person to help finish the story…. However, not everyone wants the past dug up!
Fiona Veitch Smith combines a popular genre and an interesting time period in The Jazz Files, which starts the Poppy Denby Investigates series. The main character is Poppy, a young woman wanting to stretch her wings. She is a bit naive but learns quickly and shows quite a bit of bravery. However, she also desires her choices and possible career to be done in truth. She does some real soul searching in the middle of the book after she was involved in lies and deception.
She is a Christian surrounded by people living in sin, so we’ll see how her faith survives and hopefully grows through the series.
**Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This is the second book in the Ray Quinn Mystery series. Because of an injury while on the job as a homicide detective, Ray Quinn is now a private investigator. He still retains consult status with the police department, which is convenient for some of his cases. A new client offers a huge amount of money for him to find an ex-cop and some missing information. As he investigates with the help of his sidekick Crevis, more questions and complications arise as the ex-cop turns up dead.
Write what you know… Since that is one of the first words of advice given to writers, I looked forward to this mystery written by Mark Mynheir because he’s retired law enforcement. His resume includes undercover work as a narc agent, a member of the SWAT team, and a detective in Criminal Investigations. Also, I’m in a law enforcement family and knew that my husband and I would enjoy trying this Ray Quinn Mystery series. Mark Mynheit writing is saturated with such wonderful dry humor. I really enjoyed that as I read the story and got to know the characters. I didn’t realize that this was the second book, but I have already ordered the first book so I can get caught up and my husband can start the series in order.
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