The Crime Writers' Association

Fiona Veitch Smith

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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. ‘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.

Her standalone novel, ‘The Peace Garden’, is a romantic thriller set in England and South Africa, about a young girl who meets a mysterious exile from the Apartheid regime. Published by Crafty Publishing.

She lives with her husband, daughter and two dogs in Newcastle upon Tyne where she lectures in media and scriptwriting at the local universities. She has a passion for cheesecake, Pilates and playing the clarinet – preferably not at the same time!


Historical - Shortlisted for The Jazz Files, 2016

Other Awards

Winner of the People’s Play Award for black comedy murder mystery, Pig Stew, 2000.

Finalist in the Forword Indie Prize, mystery category 2017 for The Kill Fee.

Books by Fiona Veitch Smith

  • The Jazz Files

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  • The Peace Garden


  • The Kill Fee

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  • The Death Beat