The Kill Fee

The Kill FeeThe Kill Fee by Fion Veitch Smith
Series: Poppy Denby Investigates #2
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Published by Lion Fiction on November 27, 2016
Pages: 327
Also in this series: The Jazz Files

 

Publisher’s Summary:

Poppy Denby, arts and entertainment editor at the Daily Globe, covers an exhibition of Russian art, hosted by White Russian refugees, including members of the surviving exiled Romanov royal family. There is an armed robbery, a guard is shot, and the largest Fabergé egg in the collection is stolen. While the egg itself is valuable, the secrets it contains within are priceless–secrets that could threaten major political powers.

The Kill Fee is the fun second installment of the Poppy Denby Investigates series by Fiona Veitch Smith.

Poppy’s career is moving along following her start in journalism in The Jazz Files, now with a permanent “beat” covering arts and entertainment at The Daily Globe. But in true Poppy Denby form, she stumbles into a mystery involving Russian aristocracy, priceless treasures, assassins and more. Will she be able to identify the murderer and find the missing Faberge Egg before anyone else gets hurt?
Poppy remains a likeable, root-for-able heroine. She continues to learn along the road of her adventures. And she may be stumbling through the mysteries that arise, but she has the curiosity of a cat and the loyalty of a best friend.

The Kill Fee had a few more well-rounded antagonists than The Jazz Files, which definitely rounded out the plot a little better.

The Kill Fee had a few more well-rounded antagonists than The Jazz Files, which definitely rounded out the plot a little better. I did love learning about the term “kill fee,” but I would have liked that interesting fact to have had a greater impact on the plot.

This installation has a good dose of Russian history, including the revolution that dethroned Tsar Nicholas II that I found interesting and informative. I always like to learn something from historical fiction. I do wish there had been a healthier dose of 1920s London history along with it.

This installation has a good dose of Russian history, including the revolution that dethroned Tsar Nicholas II that I found interesting and informative.

In all, The Kill Fee is an enjoyable escape into the jazz era of England. I’ll definitely pick up the next volume when it comes out!

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