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Victoria Dowd

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Victoria is the award-winning author of the bestselling Smart Woman’s Mystery series. She has been short-listed for the CWA Dagger. Her debut novel, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder, won The People’s Book Prize for fiction 2021 and was named In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel’s Book of the Year 2020.

Victoria was awarded the Gothic Fiction prize for her short fiction and her work has been published in many literary journals. She is also the author of the Adapting Agatha series which has seen her speak at various festivals, including The International Agatha Christie Festival and Malice Domestic in Washington (The Agathas.) Originally from Yorkshire, she graduated from Cambridge and was a criminal defence barrister for many years on the London circuit appearing at the Old Bailey. She is now head of the London Crime Writers’ Association and on the main board of the CWA.


Other Awards

The People’s Book Prize 2020/2021

Gothic Fiction Prize for short fiction 2019 (Go Gothic)


Books by Victoria Dowd

  • A Book of Murder A Book of Murder


  • The Supper Club Murders The Supper Club Murders


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


  • Body on the Island Body on the Island


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