For writers and readers of mystery

“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.”

G K Chesterton


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 Victoria Dowd studied law at Cambridge University and worked as a criminal
barrister before becoming a full-time author.
She is a successful writer of short fiction and has won several awards including the Go Gothic Short Story Award 2019 for her tale, Vengeance and the Doctor  Victoria also writes the Adapting Agatha series about adaptations of Agatha Christie’s work.
She has had short stories published in the BTS Literary and Arts Annual, Dream
Catcher arts journal and Gold Dust Magazine.
Her historical fiction, The Painter of Siena, was published in 2016.
Victoria’s debut crime fiction novel, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder, has
received great reviews and was announced as Book of the Year 2020 by In Search of the Classic Mystery.  She has just been announced as a finalist in The People’s Book Prize for the novel.  Along with these accolades she has been invited to speak at this year’s International Agatha Christie festival.  2021 promises to be a busy year!



Marion Crook, also known as Emma Dakin on her crime novels, is one of a handful of Canadian mystery writers who set their mysteries in the UK. To date she has travelled across the pond to research for books set in various counties in the UK.
Her main character, Claire Barclay, gives up a career as an educator at a company named Executive English and Etiquette but after she becomes bored she takes toguiding tourists, mostly American, around the UK.
Emma Dakin’s alliterative book titles include
Crime in Cornwall and Hazards in Hampshire.

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