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By Victoria Dowd
Published By

Joffe Books

ISBN 978-1-78931-350-5
Fiction Genre Thriller/Crime/Mystery
Publication Date 06/05/2020
Price 1.99
Paperback Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1789313503
Ebook Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B087C12B9L


This brilliantly crafted novel is a modern take on the classic whodunnit with all the hallmarks of a Christie novel. Deceptively cosy, but ultimately a literary delight, this golden age country house murder mystery is sardonic and clever, bristling with unexpected twists and deliciously waspish characters.

Authors Biography

Victoria is an award-winning writer who 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. Victoria also writes short fiction and has won numerous awards for her work.


‘A modern take on the classic whodunnit!’ Anja Jager, best-selling author of A Cold Death in Amsterdam

‘A little literary delight.’ Liz W., NetGalley

‘A witty, clever and darkly delicious take on the country house murder genre. I relished the twists and turns that came at me faster than an Alpine switchback and the characters who are at times all too horribly familiar. Hugely enjoyable.’ Amanda Lees, author of Selling Out

‘This book was exactly what I needed! A breath of fresh air. A modern day cozy mystery where a group of despicable characters with deadly humor and sarcasm!’ Helga H.

‘A fun and quirky take on the classic whodunit mystery!’ Lyndie D.

‘I didn’t know what to expect from this novel but I adored it, and devoured it in a few hours . . . It bounces along and is thoroughly enjoyable, lots of wickedly astute moments from the most unsuspecting of characters. Please can I have more?’ Aine T.

‘What a fabulous whodunnit, that kept me gripped from the start. Uncaring characters hide a vast array of emotions that seep out as the book progresses. Spooky setting, creepy cast and twisty turny storylines make this book the perfect read.’ Emma M.

‘I was worried at first that it might be a bit too slow but after the first chapter, you are instantly thrown into the drama and this book is definitely full of it. I have different thoughts of who the killer was the whole way through, but I did not come close to working it out. I love the way the story was written.’ Rebecca H.

‘This book is SHARP . . . There is so much thought and careful plotting in this book, which will keep you hooked until the very end. This book is great for fans of Agatha Christie.’ Cait G.

‘Cute, witty, suspenseful, quirky!’ Tina B.

‘Wow wow and wow. Three cheers for Victoria Dowd. This book was amazing. I was absolutely sucked in and couldn’t stop reading it yesterday!’ boundbycrime


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  1. Wonderful, funny, smart – a classic in the making.

  2. Loved this book. The perfect escape from the gloom of 2020.

  3. Absolutely loved this book – well written, dark humour and a fabulous twist! Couldn’t put it down

  4. I loved this book! A modern Agatha Christie with a twist!

  5. I was totally hooked from page one. I thought it was going to be a good fun Aggie Christie, but whilst it plays great homage to Agatha, it was so much more than I expected. The multi layers, character evolution and plot were superb.

  6. Brilliant murder mystery with some deliciously twisty plot and characters I can’t forget! Can’t wait for the next instalment!

  7. fantastic read from this new joffe author

  8. Top-notch up-to-the-minute whodunnit, perfect for Agatha Christie fans!

  9. A fantastic read, gripping stuff !

  10. A brilliant brilliant read! Can’t recommend it enough!

  11. Best and most gripping book I’ve read in a very long time. Genre-defining! Superb

  12. Amazing read. Cannot recommend it more. Murder mystery at its best. A teal page turner.

  13. A great read, was gripped from the start

  14. Great read, a bit quirky but not an annoying parody. This is a real mystery novel.

  15. A proper page turner- it would be a worthy winner!

  16. Absolutely riveting read. Kept me guessing to the very ‘death’.

  17. I enjoyed this modern version of the “locked room” mystery. The clues in this cosy-mystery are there from the beginning – its just that the have yet to be put into perspective – and there are also a few red herrings.

  18. A wonderful new voice in a true who done it. A true mystery to the end. Fun Fast and Fantastic.

  19. Highly recommended!

  20. Captiviating

  21. Enjoyed this book very much. Quite hilarious and also compelling.

  22. What a great book.

  23. Best way to spend lock down!

  24. Fabulous read!

  25. Great book, enjoyed it tremendously.

  26. Great way to start 2021 with this super thriller!

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