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)