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By Victoria Dowd
Published By

Joffe Books

ISBN 978-1-78931-663-6
Fiction Genre Thriller/Crime/Mystery
Publication Date 02/23/2021
Price 11.99
Paperback Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/ISLAND-gripping-murder-mystery-Mystery/dp/1789316634
Ebook Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/ISLAND-gripping-murder-mystery-Mystery-ebook/dp/B08W9F5ZKC/
Audio Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/Body-Island-Smart-Womans-Mystery/dp/B098YV9VJG


An uninhabited Scottish island.
Ten stranded strangers.
A murderer on the loose.

Eager for an escape to the Outer Hebrides, Ursula Smart and her dysfunctional family instead become marooned on an uninhabited island, facing starvation and – worse – no Wi-Fi. A fun break swiftly turns into a desperate battle for survival. Then someone begins killing them off one by one. Will our gang of Smart women escape, or will they be next?

Authors Biography

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.


“Absolutely loved Body on the Island! Cleverly woven, deliciously dark and had that fabulous Christie setting & humour. Can’t wait to read the next one!” D. E. White, bestselling author of Glass Dolls

“What a fabulous, fantabulous, mind-blowing, engrossing page-turner!” Rekha’s Reviews

Leave a comment about this book:


  1. Best book I’ve read in years

  2. I love Dowd’s writing, and each book is even BETTER than the last.

  3. Brilliant sequel and stand alone whodunnit. Atmospheric and tense from the stunning opening to the final “reveal”. An amazing series and definitely my book of the year.

  4. Very clever plot and loved the twist. Really felt the bewilderment and exhaustion of the group as they tried to survive and work out the murderer.

  5. Lovely characters, interesting plot twists.

  6. I adore the smart women books and this one is outstanding its a could not put it down read

  7. An excellent read full of unexpected twists and dark humour. Brilliantly plotted and some really great characters. I absolutely loved this book!

  8. Engrossing and well written

  9. Really enjoyed reading this book. A very unusual twist at the end.

  10. If you like your murder mysteries with a lot of humour and a subtle twist then settle down for an autumnal weekend and enjoy this. More smart writing from an engaging author.

  11. Couldn’t put it down, read it in a day.

  12. Another great book. Congratulations!

  13. Terrific!

  14. Intelligent and funny – Victoria Dowd’s books are always enjoyable!

  15. Good luck Vic!

  16. Fabulous book. All smart women should read this book!

  17. From the beginning, I was happy to be back with the bickering bunch. Dowd’s writing makes me pause, savour her turn of phrase, and smile – and then I’m swept away on the next fantastic rollercoaster of crazy plot. Love it – think it’s the best of the three.

  18. Brilliant writing of women and dialogue… and plot twists!

  19. Amazing read with very well-crafted characters. A 5 star novel.

  20. Each book just better and better and I bloody loved the first one. Grippy, thrilling and also funny. I wish I could spin words into a real world like that.

  21. Really enjoy following the interaction between her characters

  22. A truly gripping journey of unexpected plot twists. Great read!

  23. Fabulous follow up to the previous book
    Loved it

  24. Superb book, very interesting read!

  25. Gripping, engaging and entertaining. Loved it!

  26. Very rare to read such an intelligent blend of mystery and fun! More, please!

  27. A brilliant read! Great fun, with gripping characters and twists.

  28. As are all Victoria Dowd novels, this is another gem! A best read for any time of year but PERFECT for those chilly nights of winter! A must read!

  29. Channeling a 21st century Christie, with humour!

  30. Great follow up with more twists and turns than a twisty, turny thing!

    Definitely couldn’t put it down!

    Highly recommended

  31. An absolutely magnificent book! A fiendish whodunnit with fabulous characters.

  32. A gripping best seller emerges from the highly-intelligent Victoria Dowd.

  33. Fantastic plotting, and a lovely twist of dark humour – hope it wins!

  34. Huge fan of this series, can’t wait to see what happens next!

  35. Awesome story!

  36. If you are on a.remote farm in UK, we.would gladly come visit.
    Would be a nod to All Creatures …

  37. Consider me voting!

  38. Deliciously dark! A brilliant read.

  39. The best book I could not put it down.

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