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Victoria Dowd

Victoria Dowd debut crime novel, The Smart Woman's Guide to Murder (published by Joffe Books) is the first part of a dark, humorous crime series that is a modern take on the Golden Age of crime fiction and authors such Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Josephine Tey. On sale now

She is an award winning short story writer, winning the Gothic Fiction prize for short fiction 2019 by Go Gothic.

She was the runner up in The New Writer's writer of the year award and has been short listed and Highly commended by Writers' Forum magazine. She was also long-listed for The Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition. Victoria has had short stories published in BTS Literary and Arts Annual, Gold Dust magazine and also by Stairwell books in their literary and arts journal Dream Catcher. Her work has also been selected for publication in an anthology entitled A Ghostly Challenge. She speaks at various literary festivals, most recently in Bath, and at various schools and book groups. Her historical fiction, The Painter of Siena, was published in 2016.

Victoria was born and raised in Yorkshire and after studying at Cambridge, went on to be a successful criminal law barrister for many years.

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction
   UnLocked (2022) (with others)
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"An utterly delightful whodunnit unfolds in this pitch-perfect cosy mystery. Absolutely glorious!"
Three Little Birds (2024)
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"Incredibly detailed expert knowledge combines with a brilliantly gripping plot and sensitively drawn characters to create a fast paced, compelling mystery. Utterly captivating!"

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