Victoria’s latest book is Body on the Island and is the second book in the Smart Women series. Her debut crime novel, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder (published by Joffe Books) was Classic Mystery’s Book of the Year 2020 and is a finalist in The People’s Book Prize. It’s 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. She is an award winning short story writer, winning the Gothic Fiction prize for short fiction 2019 by Go Gothic. You can find out more about her on her website https://victoriadowd.com There you’ll find her Adapting Agatha series of articles about adaptations of Agatha Christie which she has spoken at various festivals about, including Crime in the Countryside She has been short listed for various awards. 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 criminal law barrister for many years.Read more Read less
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