Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith

Poppy Denby, intrepid newspaperwoman, is back in the thick of things. In The Kill Fee, Poppy's journalistic duties place her at the scene of a robbery of a Faberge egg, While trying to follow any leads she can, she happens upon the murder of a Russian princess. There is more to journalism (and crime!) than meets the eye!

Poppy's unconventional boss, Rollo, photographer friend, Daniel and Poppy's suffragette, Aunt Dot,are colorful supporting characters that offer the wisdom and support Poppy will need to not only get her story, but to stay alive!

Interesting side note--The Kill Fee refers to a newspaper term. Readers will learn not only about the news business in the 20's, but also about the political and social climate of the time. The author sets the stage for the book with a very helpful summary of opposing forces in Russia just prior to the story's setting.

Whether a history fan or mystery fan, Smith's plucky heroine, Poppy, will be sure to entertain a variety of readers.  Although there is no language or anything explicit, there is a bit of violence and some mature references. I would therefore recommend the book for an adult audience.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Kill Fee from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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