Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Jazz Files (Poppy Denby Investigates #1)

Title:  The Jazz Files (Poppy Denby Investigates #1)
Author:  Fiona Veitch Smith
Pages:  319
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Lion Fiction
Poppy Denby has received a letter from her disabled aunt, asking her to come live with her in London as a paid companion.  Upon her arrival, Poppy learns that her aunt has no need for a companion, but wrote that letter just to appease Poppy’s father.  Her real motive was to get Poppy to the big city of London to give her the opportunity for a career, which she knows her father would never agree to.  She has an interview at a newspaper, gets a job as an editorial assistant and is sent out to confirm some facts on a story after the untimely death of another reporter.
As Poppy follows up with her sources, she uncovers more and more information relating to her story as well as several other possible supporting stories.  However, her questions gain the attention of an unwanted assailant, putting Poppy’s life in danger.  Poppy refuses to give up on her story, continuing to dig deeper and deeper.  What she uncovers causes her to wonder if she really knows her aunt.
I just couldn’t believe that her first day on the job Poppy is sent out on a story.  She was hired as an editor’s assistant not a reporter.  This young woman from the British countryside with no training then proceeds to interview people, follow up on clues and go undercover to get a story.  It just wasn’t realistic to me.  How would she even know how to begin?  Poppy also is seduced by the world somewhat as she lies and breaks the law, going against her upbringing.  She learns to drink champagne, dress more provocatively and gets a bit of an attitude.  I just couldn’t see a naïve Methodist minister’s daughter acting the way she did during the course of her reporting or doing some of the things she did.  There were also two females in the story who are portrayed as having feelings of more than friendship for one another.  This is the second book in two weeks from this publisher that has had homosexuality in it, which I don’t want to read about.  I will not be reading any more books in this series.
My rating is 2 stars.

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