What’s it about?
Set in 1920, The Jazz Files introduces aspiring journalist Poppy Denby, who arrives in London to look after her ailing Aunt Dot, an infamous suffragette. Dot encourages Poppy to apply for a job at The Daily Globe, but on her first day a senior reporter is killed and Poppy is tasked with finishing his story. It involves the mysterious death of a suffragette seven years earlier, about which some powerful people would prefer that nothing be said…
Through her friend Delilah Marconi, Poppy is introduced to the giddy world of London in the Roaring Twenties, with its flappers, jazz clubs, and romance. Will she make it as an investigative journalist, in this fast-paced new city? And will she be able to unearth the truth before more people die?
I’d seen this book reviewed on Cleo’s and Hayley’s blog and it sounded like just my kind of read. I was lucky enough to be accepted for a copy via Netgalley; thanks very much to the publishers for that!
I read this over the course of a weekend so that’s really testament to how much I liked it. As a huge Marple fan I particularly liked the 1920s setting and the fashion of that era (I even have my own cloche hat)…not that I’m trying to belittle the actual theme of the book because there are important historical themes running through such as women’s rights and suffrage; that said it’s not a heavy going read.
I loved that Poppy wanted a career for herself and was trying to make her own way in the world and by overcoming adversity, following her gut instinct and doing what’s right and it seems at whatever the cost!
Plenty of suspects, plenty of action with a cast of characters that all hold their own; some to love and some to definitely hate they’ll have you raging and punching the page!
I don’t usually read the author’s notes, but I did with this book, and it was interesting to read how and where the author had slightly stretched the truth to make history fit the story. It felt very of its time and that’s because of the extreme amount of research that must have been done.
It very much reminded me of the TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and I think fans of this book’s style would like Frances Brody’s Kate Shackleton mysteries and vice versa. And, for me, I look forward to more of the Poppy Denby Investigates series.
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