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Victoria DowdVictoria Dowd

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Victoria’s debut crime novel, The Smart Woman’s Instruction Manual for Murder, is being published by Joffe Books on 6th May.

After graduating from Cambridge, Victoria was a criminal law barrister on the London circuit for many years, where many of her cases were much stranger than fiction.

Victoria is now an award winning short story writer, having won the Go Gothic Short Story Award 2019. She has had short fiction published in places such as Aesthetica and was chosen as the runner up in The New Writer’s writer of the year award. Her work was Highly Commended by Writers’ Forum and long-listed for The Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition. She has had short stories published in the BTS Literary and Arts Annual, Dream Catcher arts journal and Gold Dust Magazine. She has also had her historical fiction, The Painter of Siena, published in 2016.

Victoria lives with her husband and two children. She writes full time, splitting her time between London and Devon, where she can indulge her passion for all things Agatha Christie.

Other Awards

Go Gothic Short Story Award 2019

Books by Victoria Dowd

  • The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder


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