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Murder Mystery with a Cream Tea!

Guests will be treated to a delicious cream tea* while they soak up the atmosphere as Fiona takes them back to the 1920’s setting of her popular crime novels.

Fiona Veitch Smith is the author of the 1920s murder mystery series, Poppy Denby Investigates, about a young woman from Morpeth who secures a job on a London newspaper and becomes a reporter sleuth. 


The Event takes place on Friday 12th October, (3pm-5.30pm) at the RMS Olympic Suite, White Swan, Alnwick,

The first book in the series, The Jazz Files, was shortlisted for The Crime Writers Association Historical Dagger.  Book 3 in the series, The Death Beat, sees Poppy and her editor travel to New York on the RMS Olympic (sister ship of the Titanic).

Given the background to this series, it is appropriate that the event will be hosted in the Olympic Suite at the White Swan, as the hotel possesses some of the furnishings of the Olympic, including the smoking room and part of the staircase.

Fiona will give a talk about her her writing and the inspiration for the  Poppy Denby series, as well as a discussion about the Golden Age of Detective fiction.

The afternoon’s entertainment also includes  a promotional Pathe film of the RMS Olympic

Signed copies of Fiona Veitch-Smith’s Poppy Denby books will be available to buy on the afternoon or borrow from Northumberland Libraries.

Tickets are £12 which includes  a cream tea (a scone with jam and cream or a slice of cake with tea and coffee).

These can be purchased at Eventbrite,

This event is just one of the events organised by Northumberland Libraries  in celebration of Libraries Week 8-13 October.
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