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, Pandora, are invited to a supper safari at Greystone Castle, with their ever-adventurous book club.
Their hosts are Lord and Lady Black, who bought their titles and have taken up residence in the castle at the edge of a picturesque Dartmoor village.
But the quaint, idyllic façade soon fades as festering resentments begin to surface. Ursula and Pandora sense all is not well at Greystone. And when the Midnight Gun fires, their suspicions are proved right.
Death is all around them in this ancient castle — in the priest hole, the murder hole, on the ducking stool.
The Smart women race to solve a seemingly impossible murder, even as the body count rises.
Who will be next?
A DARK, COMEDY WITH AN IMPOSSIBLE LOCKED-ROOM MURDER MYSTERY AT THE CENTRE.
Victoria Dowd’s brilliant whodunnit is perfect for fans of Richard Osman, Robert Thorogood, Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz, Faith Martin and Sophie Hannah.
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 VICTORIA DOWD:
“Ursula Smart is on waspish good form in this sequel to The Smart Woman’s Guide To Murder. Victoria Dowd juxtaposes compelling insights into psychological trauma with hilarious reflections on toxic relationships — all nicely wrapped in a satisfying mystery. Highly entertaining!” Margaret Murphy, bestselling author of Before He Kills Again
“I love Victoria Dowd’s style of writing, she is descriptive, funny and shows some acerbic wit. It makes the book enjoyable and a joy to read and the chapters flow by.” Zoe H.
“What a cozy murder mystery this book is. I didn't realise that this is the second book in the series but it does read well as a standalone.” Louise W.
“What is better than a traditional whodunnit? This takes the classic premise of a group of people forced together only to find murder and mystery abounding and adds a strong character base. The relationships and interactions are fascinating and could probably stand alone without the mystery element, which is also a great read. Agatha Christie would be proud to see her legacy here!” Louise G.
“If you like chilling and eerie descriptions with loads of goosebumps, do pick up this book.” Brenda C.
“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 . . . 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.
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