Formerly a journalist, alternatively covering the art and crime beats on a Cape Town newspaper, Fiona Veitch Smith has written books, theatre plays and screenplays for adults and children. The Jazz Files is the first novel in her mystery series, Poppy Denby Investigates, and is set in 1920s London. It was shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Award, 2016. Book 2, The Kill Fee, sees Poppy continue to investigate murders and mysteries in the Jazz Age and was a finalist in the Forword Indie Mystery Book of the Year, 2017. Published by Lion Fiction. Book 4 in the series, The Cairo Brief, was shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize. Poppy Denby’s sixth adventure, The Crystal Crypt, is due out in November 2021.
She lives with her husband, daughter and dogs in Newcastle upon Tyne. When she’s not writing she works as the Assistant Secretary of the CWA and tutors creative writing. She has a passion for cheesecake, Pilates and playing the clarinet – preferably not at the same time!