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#BlogTour #BookReview The Art Fiasco By Fiona Veitch Smith #TheArtFiasco

Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Art Fiasco By Fiona Veitch Smith and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Fern from Lion Fiction for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂

Thank You very much to the publisher –  Lion Fiction for the review copy.
ISBN13: 978-1782643197
Genre: Mystery
Release date: 23 10 2020
Price*: Kindle £6.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £8.19 (GBP)
Kindle $9.99 (USD)/ Paperback $12.95 (USD)
Pages: ~ 352
My rating: Really liked it.
You can get this book here:
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What I learned from this book: How to get the information you need from the people.

Description of the book: It’s 1924 and Poppy Denby is heading up to Northumberland to celebrate her father’s sixtieth birthday. She stops off in Newcastle en route to visit her Aunt Dot, who has temporarily relocated from London to renovate a house she’s inherited. One of Aunt Dot’s guests is the world-renowned artist, Agnes Robson, who is staging an exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery. Reluctantly, Poppy is roped in to help when the artist’s press liaison man falls ill. She soon discovers that the local press has dug up some dirt on Agnes relating to the tragic death of a young art teacher in Ashington Colliery, twenty-seven years earlier. As she tries to suppress the story, Poppy begins to suspect that the teacher might have been murdered and that the killer may still be on the loose…

How this book made me feel: This book is my first encounter with Poppy Denby and her investigating skills. I was expecting a cosy mystery, but what I found was way way more than that. I fell in love with Poppy instantly, and this book felt like reading something as amazing as Agatha Christie’s work.

The protagonist in this book is Poppy Denby, an investigative journalist from London, who is visiting her family in Newcastle and the towns around it. After a famous artist is murdered, Poppy needs to figure out who actually killed her, to protect her aunt, that is accused of it. I fell in love with Poppy instantly, she is such a cool young woman, and her interactions with other characters are very amusing to read about. The story is told from multiple perspectives, and it was a true joy to know more about the characters that sometimes get forgotten. There are quite a few characters in this book, and the author provides a very handy list of all the characters at the beginning of the book. (I did not need to use it though 🙂 ) All the characters are diverse, very charismatic, very intriguing personalities, some of them have disabilities, and I really loved the author’s choice of all the characters for this novel.

The narrative of this book was very absorbing to me. I really loved the 1920ties atmosphere and the whole setting of this novel. I liked the way the author played with the multiple timelines in this novel, there were parts from the past, as well as the present, that increased my curiosity even more. There is a lot of things happening in this novel, but the whole investigation was written superbly. I really loved how the author was trying to confuse the reader, and how all the clues were piecing the whole story beautifully. The topics discussed in this novel were paedophilia, coal miner’s lives, the art world, romance, family relationships, teenage pregnancy and many more. The author has experience in art and journalism, and I really liked that she utilised her personal experience in this novel. 

I absolutely loved the writing style of this book, the whole book is masterfully plotted and kept me guessing throughout the whole book. The author provides the map of Newcastle in 1920ies, to allow the reader to follow Poppy throughout her adventure. The chapters are to the longer side, but the story really gripped me, so I just could not put it down. Even though this book is a part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. The ending of this book was spectacular and I think it rounded the story very well.

So, to conclude, Poppy Denby has a new fan! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, filled with unique and complex personalities as well as incredibly well-plotted narrative, the had me glued to this book, and always intrigued. Now I know that I need to read other parts in the series! 🙂 For me, it reminded of Agatha Christie novels, and I believe that historical mystery lovers would really enjoy this book. Please do check out this novel, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 

Thank You for Your time! ❤

About the author: Fiona Veitch Smith is the author of the Poppy Denby Investigates novels, Golden Age-style murder mysteries set in the 1920s, about a reporter sleuth who works for a London tabloid. The first book in the series, The Jazz Files, was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, while subsequent books have been shortlisted for the Foreword Review Mystery Novel of the Year and the People’s Book Prize. She is formerly a journalist, having worked on the arts and crime beats of a Cape Town newspaper, and lectured in journalism in the UK for ten years.

The Poppy Denby Series is published in paperback and ebook by Lion Fiction and Large Print and Audio by WF Howes. She is represented by Sara Keane of Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

Her writing for children includes the ‘Young David Picturebook’ series (illustrated by Amy Barnes Warmington) and the Young Joseph Picturebook series (illustrated by Andy Catling) about the life of Joseph of the technicoloured coat fame. Her new children’s series, The Time-twisters, are graphic novels (illustrated by Laura Borio) about time travelling children who visit famous scientists of the past. Published by SPCK in collaboration with the Faraday Institute. The first in the series, Charles Babbage and the Curious Computer, is due out in 2021.

She has also written two standalone novels. ‘Pilate’s Daughter’ is an historical romance set in first century Palestine about a love affair between the daughter of Pontius Pilate and a Jewish zealot. It is published by Lume Books (formerly Endeavour Press). ‘The Peace Garden’, is a romantic thriller set in England and South Africa, self-published under the Crafty Publishing imprint.

She lives with her husband, daughter and dog in Newcastle upon Tyne. On her non-writing days, she works part-time as a freelance editor and writing tutor, as well as being the assistant secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association.

Websites: and
Twitter: @FionaVeitchSmit

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