Today I am sharing my review of THE SUPPER CLUB MURDERS by Victoria Dowd as part of the Blog Tour. This is the 3rd book in the Smart Women series and is an entertaining read.
THE SUPPER CLUB MURDERS
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 16th September
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Victoria Dowd
THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE WINNER VICTORIA DOWD’S LATEST MYSTERY!
If you love Richard Osman, Robert Thorogood, Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz, Faith Martin and Sophie Hannah, you’ll love this brilliant whodunnit.
The phones are out.
The roads have flooded.
There’s no way in or out.
And the murders have begun.
Ursula Smart and her mother are invited to a supper club at Greystone Castle on the edge of a picturesque Dartmoor village, along with their ever-adventurous book group.
But as the dinner party begins, their hosts Lord and Lady Black begin to reveal festering resentments. Lord Black, who actually bought his title, looks like he’s having an affair with the maid.
Then as midnight strikes, someone is found brutally murdered and the Smart women find themselves investigating another perplexing crime.
On this dark and stormy night, with the castle cut off by flood waters, who will be the next to die?
AN IMPOSSIBLE LOCKED-ROOM MURDER MYSTERY WITH A TOUCH OF DARK HUMOUR.
ABOUT VICTORIA DOWD
Victoria Dowd is a criminal barrister-turned-crime writer. She lives with her husband and two children, splitting her time between London and Devon, where she indulges her passion for all things Agatha Christie. Her first book won the People’s Book Prize 2021.
PRAISE FOR THE SUPPER CLUB MURDERS:
“Murders, laughs and a malevolent wig-stealing monkey — this book is a riot!” Nicola Gill, author of We Are Family
“I absolutely LOVED this book. The Supper Club Murders is another brilliantly original mystery, fizzing with atmosphere and intrigue. A perfect cocktail of devilish plot and ingenious characterisation, all laced with Dowd’s unmistakable wit. Superb!” Philippa East, author of Little White Lies & Safe and Sound
“Victoria Dowd is my go-to author for clever, witty crime fiction full of memorable characters and The Supper Club Murders is no exception! Dark, sharp and dangerously addictive.” Louise Mumford, bestselling author of Sleepless
“Lashings of dark humour, and an edgy twisty yet classic plot . . . A perfect autumn addition to my crime bookshelf! D. E. White, bestselling author of Glass Dolls
“Sheer reading delight from beginning to end. Dowd masterfully mingles laugh out loud humour with suffocating grief in this confounding murder mystery. May the Smart women enchant readers for many more books to come.” Penny Batchelor, bestselling author of My Perfect Sister
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A crazy humorous murder mystery. Certainly something different. I thought it wonderfully written, very imaginative and creative . . . it’s like combining modern-day trauma with Gothic tragedy.” Carol S.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Perfect book for a rainy day. This is a great mystery . . . I loved all the characters and I really loved the mystery element as well.” Lynn B.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I really enjoyed The Supper Club Murders by Victoria Dowd. The story unfolds like a Clue/Whodunnit type of story. I was drawn in right away with the descriptive narrations. The author has quite a way with writing her characters so you like the ones she intends you to but also makes you dislike others! It had me interested until the very end and I couldn’t wait to read how this mystery concluded! Definitely one I’d recommend!” Kristen K.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I really like this series and in my opinion, this is the beat book so far. We get a murder mystery with a little bit of humour thrown in. There’s plenty of twists and clues in this well-written story . . . it’s also multi-layered and atmospheric. The characters are well-developed and a mixed bunch.” Louise W.
ALSO BY VICTORIA DOWD
SMART WOMAN’S MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MURDER
Book 2: BODY ON THE ISLAND
Book 3: THE SUPPER CLUB MURDERS
The Smart Women return in this third addition to the series.
Ursula, Pandora, Bridget and Mirabelle what a strange mixture of totally unique characters. I will be forever curious how the author: Victoria Dowd thought them up but they have developed well over the course of the series but there is still the implication that they have much more to give.
The story begins as the 4 women arrive at Greystone Castle for a Supper Club Meeting. They are met by the housekeeper and so we are introduced to another set of weird and wonderful characters. The evening doesn’t go to plan it is raining the women are taken on a wander around the homes in the vicinity of the castle getting wetter and more bedraggled all the time. When the evening is finally at an end they arrive back at the Castle to be confronted by the body of Lord Elsevir.
The women immediately put their investigative skills to work but they find that the locals to Greystone Castle have many secrets and even more lies to be uncovered.
This is a very intriguing book with many twists and turns and red herrings that the reader has to keep turning page after page all the way to the shocking ending.
A very interesting and intriguing read humour and murder go hand in hand in this series in a way I have never seen (or read) before. More please.
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 writer, having won the Go Gothic Short Story Award for 2019. She has had short fiction published in places such as Aesthetica: A Review of Contemporary Artists and was chosen as the runner up in The New Writer’s writer of the year award. Her work was Highly Commended by The 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 Literary Magazine.
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.
BOOKS BY VICTORIA DOWD
SMART WOMAN’S MYSTERY SERIES
THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MURDER
BODY ON THE ISLAND
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