The Crime Writers' Association

Victoria Dowd

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Victoria’s debut crime novel, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder, was published by Joffe Books on 6th May. It is a finalist in the People’s Book Prize, readers can vote for the book here.  It was also announced as In Search of the Classic Mystery’s Book of the Year 2020.

The second book in the series, Body on the Island, will be published on 23rd February.

She also writes the Adapting Agatha series which discusses various adaptations of Agatha Christie. She has spoken at literary festivals, including Crime in the Countryside talking about film, television, audio and theatre versions of Agatha Christie’s novels.

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

Victoria is also an award winning short story writer, having won the Gothic Fiction 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.

Other Awards

Gothic Fiction Prize for short fiction 2019 (Go Gothic)

Currently on the short list for The People’s Book Prize

Books by Victoria Dowd

  • The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder


  • Body on the Island