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Victoria is a crime writer and her novel, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder, is the first in a crime series that is a modern twist on the Golden Age of crime and authors such as Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Josephine Tey.

She is also an award winning writer of short fiction, having won the Gothic Fiction prize for short fiction by Go Gothic. She was the runner up in The New Writer’s writer of the year award and her work has been short listed and Highly commended by Writers’ Forum magazine. She was also long-listed for The Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition. She has had short stories published in various literary and arts journals such as BTS Literary and Arts Annual, Gold Dust magazine and Dream Catcher. She has spoke
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Victoria Dowd Hi Linda, Thank you very much! I do outline the stories on large pin boards a lot of the time. So for instance, with book 3, it’s set in a village on …moreHi Linda, Thank you very much! I do outline the stories on large pin boards a lot of the time. So for instance, with book 3, it’s set in a village on Dartmoor and the starting point was to draw out the village and the houses. Then I moved on to the characters living in those houses and how they relate to each other. However, the driving force behind the visit is the Smart women. They guide us around the new world and, in particular, Ursula is our eyes so what she sees is incredibly important. What she doesn’t see is also very important. I layer it really. I give them a setting and all the characters set out and they then drive the action forward. I go over and over it though putting very small clues and red herrings in. I hope that makes sense. Sometimes it does! Thanks so much for the question and I hope you enjoy the series. Best wishes, Victoria(less)
Victoria Dowd I’m currently working on the second book in the series. This time the Smart women embark on a survival course on an uninhabited island.
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"Ever since I had the pleasure of reading book one, The Smart Woman’s Guide To Murder, I have been looking forward to meeting this fabulous family of quirky characters again and I most certainly was not disappointed!! After their terrible ordeal in th" Read more of this review »
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"In a greatly over-crowded genre, Victoria Dowd's talent shines like the brightest star in the night sky. Filled with the tropes of a century's worth of great crime novels, Victoria has still permeated every page with a sparkling originality.
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"Highly recommended! A great read!
The smart women gang are together again the gang includes Ursula, her mother Pandora, aunt Charlotte, Mirabelle and Bridget and her dog Mr Bojingles . They are enrolled on a survival course in the Hebrides.. What coul" Read more of this review »
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“I know why it is called ‘loss’. Not because that person has gone, abandoned you, but because you lose pieces of yourself. I’ve lost so much of myself and had to replace so many pieces that I don’t even remember what the original me should look like. That person has been swept away on black dreams.”
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