The Cairo Brief
By Fiona Veitch Smith
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The Cairo Brief

ISBN 9781782642497
Fiction Genre Thriller/Crime/Mystery Historical
Publication Date 09/21/2018
Price 8.99
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In Egypt a tomb is opened. In London a curse is unleashed. And now a murder. But can Poppy Denby investigate in time to find the killer before ‘the curse’ can strike again?

Authors Biography

Formerly a professional journalist, Fiona Veitch Smith is now an author of books for adults and children. Her adult mystery series, Poppy Denby Investigates, set in the 1920s, is published by Lion Fiction. The first book in the series, The Jazz Files, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Endeavour Historical Dagger award, 2016.


“Poppy Denby is on top form solving the mystery surrounding the ancient Egyptian mask of Queen Nefertiti. Highly recommended!” Dolores Gordon-Smith, author

“Intrepid Poppy Denby visits a country estate not unlike Downton Abbey in this caper. It’s great fun following Fiona’s crew of early 20th-century reporters as they seek scoops and solve murders on the side.” Deb Richardson-Moore, author

“Thoroughly enjoyable mystery. Murders, sinister figures, a cursed Egyptian mask – and a seance! All the ingredients for another superlative Poppy Denby investigation.” A. J. Wright, award-winning author

“Fiona Veitch Smith, where have you been all my life? Poppy Denby is delightful, the plot rocks, and the 1920s era is perfectly evoked. British mystery fans, you want to read this. You really, really do.” Cassandra Chan, author

Leave a comment about this book:


  1. I love Poppy Denby: she is such a fun protagonist! The plot of The Cairo Brief is great – so many twists and turns. what a fantastic insight into the 1920s!

  2. All the Poppy Denby books are fab! Definitely one of my favourite series at the moment.

  3. Poppy Denby is a fantastic new character that I want to see at least 20 books about!

  4. What a fantastic author with a great imagination to take you on a whirl wind experience. Excellent book writing.

  5. I love Poppy Denby, not just a feisty young woman but with a kind heart, integrity, and fun along with the curiosity snd grit! And a lovely cast of supporting characters. Glad to cast my vote for this book.

  6. Really enjoyed reading about poppy and her adventures. All the characters are life like and fiona makes it easy to enter into their world.

  7. Country houses, Egyptian artefacts, ancient curses – and murder! The Cairo Brief reeks of mystery and intrigue throughout – with a little romance thrown in. An atmospheric and absorbing read.

  8. Poppy Denby is lively and fun. Fiona is a talented writer and I wish her every success.

  9. A page turner of a book with great characters. A book set in an interesting era which reflects some contemporary issues. Love it!

  10. Rollicking 1920s murder mysteries against the backdrop of serious issues of the day… which also offer a perspective on contemporary themes. Highly recommended

  11. One of my Christmas gifts: simply fantastic! Such a good book.

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