Book review: The Crystal Crypt by Fiona Veitch Smith

Book cover of The Crystal Crypt Poppy Denby Investigates, which has illustrations of a young woman standing near some stone steps against which a bicycle has been leant. Through a window next to the steps a scientist can be seen working in a lab.

I received a copy of The Crystal Crypt: Poppy Denby Investigates as a Christmas present and read it over two days of the holiday period. This is the sixth Poppy Denby book. For new readers of this blog this series is set in the 1920s in England. Poppy Denby is a ground-breaking female investigative journalist. Her enquiries put her in danger.

This latest book sees Poppy’s personal and professional lives continuing to develop. It would be possible to read this as a stand-alone book. Some earlier adventures are mentioned. A list of the earlier books appears here.

I read the whole series soon after each book was published. If I remember correctly this is the first Poppy Denby book with a scientific background. The Crystal Crypt was published in November 2021. As with the earlier Poppy Denby books questions for reading groups are included. I enjoyed reading this book, which brought back some memories of my visits to the Royal Institution for lectures as a teenager. Another place Poppy visited in this book is Oxford. A map of Oxford at the time is included.