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    pure enjoyment and thrilling to read

    Poppy Denby, arts and entertainment editor at the Daily Globe is back and this time she is on the trail of a stolen Russian Faberge egg, which was taken during an art exhibition held at Crystal Palace. With more than one person notedly having an interest in getting their hands on the egg, Poppy is thrust into the midst of a dangerous investigation involving both the red and white Russians. I love Poppy, for a woman living in the 1920’s, she has lots of charisma and a no nonsense attitude. Once she is on a case she won’t give up until she has all the answers, even if it does mean getting her hands dirty, and placing herself in grave danger. She doesn’t seek out praise for her work, she just wants to solve the case. She follows her gut instincts and has an eye for the small things that no-one else notices. There are certain periods in history that I have no interest in and I tend to stay away from historical novels if possible, but the 1920’s was an exciting period, and Poppy brings the era to life. Very often it doesn’t feel like you are in the 1920’s as Poppy seems like such a modern woman. Also, after having read the first book ‘The Jazz Files’ and falling in love with Poppy I was eager to find out how her career was going and what new was in store for her Fiona has created a powerful novel mixing both facts with fiction in an enjoyable, yet educational story. I personally had never heard of the red and white Russians, and had to do a bit of research into them, although Fiona has written a section at the start of the book explaining who they were, and how they came about. There is also a map of London showing the places that are mentioned in the book, plus a list of characters, and who they are, as there are a lot of them in the book, some real life, and some fictional. The book is a whodunnit, filled with mystery, suspense and intrigue. You are kept second guessing who may be the culprit of not only being the thief, but there is also a murderer on the loose, could the two be connected? The story is complex, but it never felt complicated. Fiona’s writing style holds you to the pages, gripped with the need to find out the truth. She doesn’t reveal all the clues at once, but feeds them slowly throughout the book, making this pure enjoyment and thrilling to read.

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