Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Crystal Crypt by Fiona Veitch Smith and I would like to share a review, with all of you. The blog tour is set around locations in Oxford, and my stop is for the Police Station. 🙂 (see the poster below) I hope you will like my review. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Lion Fiction for the review copy.
Genre: Cosy Mystery
Release date: 19 11 2021
Price*: Kindle £7.19 (GBP)/ Paperback £9.99 (GBP)
Kindle $9.63 (USD)/ Paperback $14.89 (USD)
Pages: ~ 352
My rating: Really liked it.
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What I learned from this book: Women had to suffer so much harassment in male dominant workplaces.
Description of the book: Reporter sleuth Poppy Denby is asked to investigate the mysterious death of an up-and-coming female scientist in an Oxford laboratory known as the Crystal Crypt. The official verdict is that Dr June Leighton died in a tragic accident, but Dr Leighton’s lab assistant believes it was murder. However, when Poppy discovers that the colleague has spent time in a mental institution and has an unresolved murder in her own past, Poppy wonders if she is being misled. But then, another female academic is attacked, and Poppy herself becomes a target.
How this book made me feel: I am quite new to Poppy’s adventures, this is the second book I read from this series but I absolutely love Poppy! So when I had the chance to review her latest book, I was super excited, I have missed her adventures so much! 🙂
The protagonist in this book is Poppy Denby, a journalist and an amateur investigator. I really like Poppy, she is very brave, sophisticated and her curiosity always gets her in trouble, so she is super entertaining. 😀 I really like the characters chosen for this novel, there is a wide variety and they are all very intriguing. There is a very handy list of characters at the beginning of the book as well as a stunning map of Oxford from 1925.
The narrative of this book is pretty fast-paced and this murder investigation was mostly about women in workplaces in 1925. The difficulties that women had to go through to be able to work in men dominated environment as well as the amount of bullying and harassment they had to endure at work. This novel was told from dual perspectives, the first one was Poppy’s investigation, and alongside this story, Rollo Rolandson (Poppy’s editor) was conducting his investigation related to a previous case that Poppy dealt with. Both stories were interlinked and it was fun to read more than one perspective. The topics discussed in this book were women in the workplace, ignored bullying and harassment, “dirty” police work, murders, romance, business manipulations, and many more.
The stories were set between London and Oxford and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and setting of this book. The writing style is very creative, enjoyable and sophisticated. The chapters of this book have medium length and the pages just flew by for me. The ending was very unexpected and I enjoyed how the author concluded this investigation. This novel does carry quite a lot of references to previous books, but I think it could be read as a stand-alone as well.
So, to conclude, I really enjoyed this book, it has a beautiful setting, unique characters and an entertaining murder investigation. After every book, I fall in love more and more with Poppy and her adventures. She is super cool! 😀 So if you are looking for beautifully written cosy mysteries, I would strongly recommend this series. I hope you will give it a go and will like it as much as I did. 😉
Thank you for your time!<3
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 over a decade. She is currently the Deputy Editor of the CWA’s Red Herrings Magazine.
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