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The Art Fiasco by Fiona Veitch Smith

Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: Lion Hudson
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About 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…


My Thoughts

Poppy Denby is a good friend and a good sleuth, so when someone she knows is being charged with murder, she can’t step aside and starts to investigate what really happened!
This is the fifth book of the Poppy Denby Investigates series, I’ll admit that there are some background of the characters that if you haven’t read the previous ones you’ll feel a little bit lost, but the book is interesting, so you can start from the first! 😉
This is a quick read, where you have multiple suspects and it’s challenging to discover the whom and the why before it’s revealed. There are some interesting facts about art that makes the book special, but what I loved most are the characters, their relations and friendships. Sometimes it doesn’t matter that you are suffering if you have someone you care on your side, don’t you think?
If you are looking for a challenging mystery, with charming characters and addictive, don’t doubt that this is your next read! Ready to discover “Art Fiasco”?


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.